Finally, Yahoo Site Explorer made site authentication a lot easier for webmasters and blog owners. You can now authenticate your sites or blogs by using META tags similar to how you do it in Google’s Webmaster’s Tools. this is useful especially for blog owners running their site on free blog hosting platforms such as Blogger.com, where they don’t have access to the servers.
Among the most popular new features of Yahoo Site Explorer are:
Detailed Authentication Errors: We now provide detailed errors on authentication failures, making it much easier to diagnose possible problems. Delete URLs: For your authenticated sites, you can now delete any URLs from the index. Simply locate the URL in Site Explorer and click on the â€˜Delete URLâ€™ button. The URL and all its subpaths will be deleted shortly thereafter. This is meant to work in conjunction with the robots.txt file while providing greater responsiveness. Please continue to use the robots.txt protocol to ensure that our crawler does not crawl pages you want to keep out of our index. Site Explorer Badge: Get a Site Explorer badge for your Website and retrieve the count of live links from the whole web. Go ahead, watch as your site becomes more popular, and show off your link wealth to your visitors.
For the SEO Philippines’ ituloy angsulong contestants who have difficulty getting their entries crawled by Yahoo, this is a good development. There’s still enough time to submit your blog entries and verify it using the META tags.
Other new features of Yahoo Site Explorer:
a) Allow removal of invalid or malformed URLs b) Verification for blogs c) Authentication Problem d) More than 25 sitemaps e) better labeling of TSV files f) Site explorer should identify itself in the user agent string g) https / ssl h) Wait 1 day? (Speed of authentication)