Yahoo! Search Weather Update and Support for ‘NOODP’

  • Posted October 24th, 2006 at 7:00 pm by Yahoo! Search
  • Categories: Weather Report

We strive to show the most useful information in search results. We look at multiple sources for titles and abstracts, including page content, anchor text in the links to a page, Yahoo! Directory and the Open Directory Project (ODP); and we pick the best based on our algorithms. You might have seen some of the features that we have implemented with this approach, such as quick links for Wikipedia, and local business data. However, some webmasters have had issues with titles and abstracts in ODP and have adopted the ‘NOODP’ META tag to indicate to search engines not to use them. As Tim Mayer promised a few days earlier talking to Barry Schwartz on The Pulse, we are launching support for this tag in tonight’s weather update.

We will recognize the following META tags on your pages:

<META NAME=”ROBOTS” CONTENT=”NOODP”>

or

<META NAME=”Slurp” CONTENT=”NOODP”>

If we find any of these tags on your page, we will not consider ODP titles or abstracts as candidates for your URL in search results. We are reindexing content on the web to launch this change. This will be accompanied by the usual ranking changes and page shuffling in the index that are typical of weather updates.

If you have any questions or concerns, please visit the Site Explorer forum or refer to our webmaster resources page.

Thanks!

Priyank Garg
Product Manager, Yahoo! Search

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