According to Intelliseek, Yahoo News was the most cited news source on blogs in 2004.

Congrats to the Yahoo News team!

I wonder if that has anything to do with the fact that Yahoo News is very blog and aggregator friendly? They've been pumping out RSS feeds and allowing you to subscribe to a news search as RSS for a while now.

I think there's a connection. I can't wait to see even more of Yahoo becoming blog and RSS aggregator friendly in the new year.

Posted by jzawodn at December 18, 2004 08:09 PM

Reader Comments
# Pat said:

How long before Yahoo News articles linkrot though? It used to be within a couple of weeks.

on December 18, 2004 08:48 PM
# Matt Croydon said:

I guess I'm not complaining, but until recently I've tried not to link to stories in Yahoo news. I'm not sure if they're doing any better now, but in the past they've been really bad about keeping news story permalinks active beyond a few months to a year.

Of course with the quality of stuff coming in on the Yahoo! RSS feeds that I monitor, you can't help but to link to it now and again. If I'm given the option however, I'd rather link to a site that has a known good permalink track record.

How is Yahoo! News doing on permalink permanance nowadays? I honestly haven't spotchecked any recently.

on December 18, 2004 08:50 PM
# Jeremy Zawodny said:


Good question. I've complained about that in the past too. Lemme see if I can dig up answer.

on December 18, 2004 08:57 PM
# BillSaysThis said:

If you find one, please do put it in a post rather than a comment so it shows in your RSS feed more easily. LOL, I'm lazy what can I say.

on December 18, 2004 09:59 PM
# Yadong said:

I was trying the "add to my yahoo" thing with my blog feed. But Yahoo RSS failed to parse my feed ( which is generated by Wordpress 1.2.1. I wonder if this is a known issue to the yahoo rss team or it may be just specific to my feed (special chars etc). In any rate, it would be nice to have this "fixed".

Any pointers will be appreciated!

on December 19, 2004 12:12 AM
# Greg said:

RSS a factor? No.

It's only due to the prime real estate news items get on Yahoo's front page. News items of earth-shattering importance like "Britany Gets Married!".

on December 19, 2004 11:07 AM
# Rod Begbie said:

Another advantage of linking to Yahoo News versions of stories is that they're not hidden behind multiple annoying layers of "Give us your login info" like the NYTimes, Washington Post, etc sites are.

Plus you can confuse people by linking to "Weekly World News" stories, which are displayed in the exact same look&feel as marginally more authoritative sources.


on December 19, 2004 06:25 PM
# Owen said:

I always link to Yahoo news because Yahoo is my homepage and I read the "news" when I start-up Mozilla. Plus, it's loads quick and has lots of pictures. I'll bet it's just one of the most read news site out there, so it shouldn't be a surprise that it's linked too the most.


on December 19, 2004 10:17 PM
# Ben M said:

BBC (which came third) has had perma-links from the very start - you can still link to articles from 1997, when the site began.

Any thoughts on what the NY Times (which came second) and Yahoo! News have that the BBC hasn't/is missing?


on December 23, 2004 11:06 AM
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