Last week Yahoo! posted that they had launched a few updates to their Site Explorer tool in response to user feedback.

Here is a list of the updates:

  • Authentication filenames have been reduced to 27 characters in response to users who stated they were far too long.
  • Authentication files are now in HTML format for those who had problems uploading text files. The older text file format is still compatible so no need to change if you already have it setup. They also reminded users that they should not remove the keyfile from their sites because if they do their site will be unauthenticated.

Site Explorer is a great tool for anyone who wants an idea on how well their site is indexed in Yahoo and to find out how many backlinks they have. Here is an article that describes how to use the Yahoo Site Explorer tool.