Yahoo Expose SERPS Features to Non-Logged-In Users

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When a search is conducted on Yahoo they have added a new link next to each of the listings in the SERPs with the link text "block". Click here to see an example. Note that the link appears next to the natural results and does not appear next to sponsored listings. Clicking this link takes you to the My Web (Beta) Page. I assume that if you are signed up for this service, clicking the link will remove that site from the SERPs.

This is pure supposition, but I imagine that if this service takes off, that the information gathered in relation to blocking sites may be used to influence the search results - which if done properly should help improve the quality of results...

I am not sure how long this feature has been around but I guess the rest of you will soon tell me if I missed the boat and this information has already done the rounds.

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Yahoo rocks (imho, ymmv)

During the last few months Y! has really been the only one of the major engines that has consistently innovated in basic search. Add to this that the innovations have been the things people have asked for and talked about for a long time; not only do they innovate, they also listen.

WTG!

Not New, Sort Of

My Web was out in beta last October, http://searchenginewatch.com/searchday/article.php/3417111

My Web released to the public in April
http://searchenginewatch.com/searchday/article.php/3500716

Nick, retain or delete URLs as you deem appropriate :)

All that seems to have happened this week is that Yahoo smartly made the Save | Block links visible to anyone, not just those logged in. Clever way to get people intrigued to sign-up.

I say seems to because I honestly can't recall if these were there for non-logged in people. They've definitely been there for logged-in people since April. But given others are just discovering them now, suggests the non-logged in thing is happening.

Block is very powerful, FYI. Last time I tested, if someone blocks your site, you're blocked for every search they do from then on.

We like links danny...

We like links danny :)

I thought i'd seen this before, now you've made it clear where and why, cheers!

Now all they need to do is make the SERPS RSS feeds visible with a LINK on the pages....

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I assume that if you are signed up for this service, clicking the link will remove that site from the SERPs.

Yes, if you are signed up the blocked sites completely disappear from the SERPs.

Then if you have done a search with blocked sites inside, at the bottom of the serps you will find this note:

2 Blocked result - Show blocked

RSS, Yeah...

Had that at the end of an article I did a week or so ago. They should do it but no word as to when. They wanted to "soft launch" :)

I spoke to Tim about it and

I spoke to Tim about it and he said it would get done, but no news since....

Not just the page you blocked.

>>Yes, if you are signed up the blocked sites completely disappear from the SERPs.

They block the entire domain (and sub-domains) for all queries made.

Don't really like that. I would rather see a page only "block".

Out of tens of thousands of pages I am sure I have at least one page that someone is not going to like, but that same person may really like a game, some information or product I have on another page...

Will people really block an

Will people really block an entire domain just like that? I reckon a site/hit must be really cr@p before someone hits the "block" link. And in that case: why not?

It's not as if it blocks the site for millions or other searchers (right???? or is that the next step?)

The next step

>>It's not as if it blocks the site for millions or other searchers (right???? or is that the next step?)

I think it is only a logical next step to use the data from blocked sites to "help" the SERP.

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