In recent months, Yahoo has been crawling all unnecessary pages which spoil the ranking of the high priority pages in a website. Hence, Yahoo can be seen reporting a much larger amount of indexed pages than what is actually available.
To avoid unnecessary indexing, please read the “Restricting Yahoo Bot using Robots.txt” article.
To remove already indexed pages from Yahoo’s index, you can use wildcards in Yahoo Site Explorer the similar way as you used in Robots.txt
- Log into your Yahoo Site Explorer Tool using your Yahoo username and password. [Note: You need to authenticate your site first before you can start removing the URLs.]
- Once you have authenticated your site, you would see the site listed under “My Sites”
- Click on the “Explore” button next to your URL.
- A page with the list of URLs in the site appears
- Move your mouse over the URL you would like to remove
- You would find a Delete URL/Path button. Click on the button
- In the following page, you can specify if you wish to further proceed with deleting the page.
- You can delete upto 25URLs at one time.
- If successfully deleted, you would find the URLs listed on the last tab “Actions” found in the left corner