Yahoo! Has Lost Its Numbers
Posted 30 December 2007 - 03:12 PM
Now suddenly Yahoo! has stopped adding numbers on search results. Why they would do this, who knows? It seems a backward step. Unfortunately there does not seem to be a Firefox extension that will simply add back the numbers. The SEOQuake extension does this as well as many other things, but I had to Uninstall that since it slowed search results significantly. Does anyone have a good way of adding back the Yahoo! numbers?
Dave Child does have a GreaseMonkey script for adding numbers to Google, but up till now there was no reason to do this for Yahoo!
Does anyone have a good way of adding numbers to Yahoo! results?
Posted 30 December 2007 - 04:33 PM
It has me questioning why, but I can understand if they want to experiment with the way that they present their search results.
If I were running the search engine, I would want to experiment with how changes in results might influence how people interact with those pages.
If you remove the numbers, do people click upon more ads?
If you remove the numbers, do people click further down in the results, and give less emphasis to the numbering of results?
Given a default of 10 results for a query, I would question whether the top result is always the best result, especially when you are delivered a couple of handfuls of pages where there may be millions of results. If removing numbers might mean that people will pay more attention to results further down a result page, that may be a good thing for the search engine, especially if they are trying to do things like provide a diversity of results (for instance, a search for "java" could result in programming, coffee, and Island related results).
Why is it that you like the numbers?
Posted 30 December 2007 - 11:07 PM
Posted 31 December 2007 - 01:48 AM
I wonder if that was even a consideration, though, to the folks who decided to remove numbering.
What I'm wondering is if it is a sign of some new changes down the road. Numbering might not look that good, if for example, other types of results might be blended into web search results, like video, images, and maps.
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