Yahoo Site Explorer Down? The Beginng of YaBing

YaBing I have been trying to use Yahoo Site Explorer to search for backlinks all day, and it has not been working. We have known about the pending changes to Yahoo this summer as they are consumed and destroyed integrated with Microsoft’s Bing. This merger was announced nearly exactly 1 year ago as a strategic move by Yahoo and Bing that I am calling YaBing.

The unwritten reasons for the YaBing merger

  1. The new Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz needed to do something to justify her hefty 47mm pay package, so she signed away Yahoo’s future to secure hers.
  2. Microsoft has been desperate to compete with Google for nearly 10 years, and would give away nearly anything to beat them. Thanks to the unfortunate hiring of Mrs. Bartz, Microsoft got Yahoo’s hard earned online traffic and respect at a very low valuation.
  3. Google has been dominating the web for the past decade, and the only real way to challenge them is for the second place participants to join forces. Competition is almost always a good thing, and I really look forward to seeing how google responds to some healthy competition.

Below is a random search for links on YSE

yahoo site-explorer down

Another great open feature bites the dust; RIP Yahoo Site Explorer.


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22 Responses

  1. Yahoo site explorer is still important for asia SEO where yahoo JP and yahoo cn and HK still use yahoo search as their primary engine (thus no bing integration yet) !

  2. Yahoo Site Explorer seems to work just fine today. Let’s hope that yahoo will maintain this great link analysis feature.

  3. Today i noticed yahoo backlink checker was not working, all links gone from many websites, anyone any idea whats going on? another update or what?

  4. It’s quite annoying this issue. When siteexplorer is down I usually use other software, however quite limited ones..
    Now is up though…

  5. @bbriniotis Yes, YSE seems to be back up, but with Bing taking over the search algorithm, there is no guarantee this link tool will remain available.

  6. I’m a recent grad just trying to learn more about the SEO business and I didn’t know about the Yahoo site research.

  7. very informative blog post about the coming changes to Yahoo. It is so sad to see them the original web directory pioneer into a boring news aggregator.

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