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Yahoo! Loophole
From Scott at Internet Swiss Army Knife on 7 Oct '99
Well I discovered a little loophole
in Yahoo! the other day.

I'm creating a Web site for paint brush
retailer that is still in the fine tuning
stage and has not been submitted to the
search engines. Imagine my surprise when
an order came in from a customer who said
they found us through a Yahoo! listing.

I went to Yahoo! and did a search on the
most common keywords. Sure enough, my
client's site came up #1. However...

It was not from the Yahoo! main directory.
When Yahoo! has no matches for the keywords
you enter in their main directory, it defaults
to a bona-fide robot engine powered by Inktomi.

My clients paint brush site is housed on a
larger site I own, so the Inktomi engine
spidered it along with the rest of my site and
placed it in the Yahoo! and Snap directory.

When the site is ready, I plan to submit it
to the Yahoo! staff for inclusion in the main
directory, but my clients think I'm a God for
getting them ranked #1 in Yahoo! for their
keywords before the site is even done.

Scott





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