Last night I received an email from Yahoo, from 18th November 2010 it seems the UK version of the Yahoo directory will be no more. They have sent all advertisers in the UK an email asking if they want to continue with their advertisement in the directory (in the US version only) or alternatively they can claim a full refund on their most recent payment ($299).
I have decided to go with a refund due to there being no UK directory there will be less link juice and power from those backlinks from the directory in the eyes of Google. Also as I took out my advertisement last December I have had nearly a year and will now be getting a full refund for that year.
Could always relist if I like and not pay for the last year, rare to get a gift of $299, thank you!
Copy of the email from Yahoo
Dear Yahoo! Directory Submit Client,
You are receiving this message because your site has been listed in the Yahoo! Directory under the Regional/Countries/United Kingdom or the Regional/Countries/Ireland category path. Because of this, your site has also been appearing in the U.K. & Ireland Directory. (http://uk.dir.yahoo.com/)
We are notifying you that the Yahoo! U.K. & Ireland Directory will be shutting down on November 18, 2010, and your site’s listing in that directory will be eliminated. Your site listing in the U.S.-based Directory (http://dir.yahoo.com) will remain unchanged.
Your site is listed in the Yahoo! Directory with Order ID XXXXXXXX for the following URL:
Your site was submitted to the Yahoo! Directory Submit program and was added to the following category:
Regional/Countries/United Kingdom/gfhhtythtth Category
We understand that appearing in the Yahoo! UK & Ireland Directory may have been important to some of our U.K.-based customers. Because of this impending shutdown, as a courtesy, we are offering you the following options for your listing.
|1)||You may continue to maintain your listing through the Yahoo! Directory Submit program. Your site will remain listed in the Directory as it is now and the applicable annual fee will apply on your anniversary date. No further action on your behalf would be required.|
|2)||You may request a refund of the most recent fee you paid as part of the Directory Submit program. Your Directory Submit account would be terminated immediately, and your site will then be removed from the Yahoo! Directory. If you wish to proceed with this option, please email email@example.com with the Order ID, your YahooID, and the URL of your listing. In order to take advantage of this refund, Yahoo! must receive a fully completed request no later than 5 p.m. PDT on November 18, 2010. Otherwise, Yahoo! will conclude that you have selected the first option.|
The annual renewal date for your site is coming up on: