Introducing Yahoo!'s Creative Commons Search in Beta
Here's what it says as means of explanation at the site:
“This Yahoo! Search service finds content across the Web that has a Creative Commons (http://creativecommons.org/)license. While most stuff you find on the web has a full copyright,this search helps you find content published by authors who want you toshare or reuse it, under certain conditions.”
Obviously, if you're not a writer and are in need of content onyour site, this is a great place to go. You can find content throughYahoo!'s Creative Commons search that you can use for commercialpurposes, and you can also find content that you can modify, adapt, andbuild upon.
What forward thinking on Yahoo!'s part!
Now, let's talk about forward thinking on your part.
Why is this Important to Article Writers?
Let's think about it for a minute. The links pointing back toyour Web site from your articles and the relevant link text in the bioare extremely important to a savvy article writer.
By allowing other Web sites, e-zines, online publications, andprint publications to publish your articles, you're widening the scopeof your visibility.
And in walks a powerhouse like Yahoo! with their new Creative Commons Search.
Wouldn't you like your articles to be available in a select search on Yahoo!?
Do you have to think twice? (Or even once?)
How About an Example?
Disclaimer: It's rather dangerous to give an example in print. Assoon as you do, your example could slip in rankings. Forgive me if thathappens here.
Please go to:
Click on “Find content I can use for commercial purposes.”
Type “seo articles” (without quotes) in the search box.
Click Search CC.
The #1 page at the time of this writing is:
Click on the link, then scroll to the bottom of the page. You'llsee the Creative Commons License that says “Some Rights Reserved.”
It says, “This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.”
Click on the link. You'll see the actual license and what rightsare available under the license as well as what conditions have to bemet.
So, if you want your articles to be available through a Yahoo!Creative Commons Search, you simply allow it to be licensed out throughCreative Commons.
How Can Article Writers Take Advantage of Yahoo!'s Creative Commons Search
Follow these easy steps:
- Go to Creative Commons: http://creativecommons.org/
- Click on the Publish graphic at the top of the page on the right.
- Answer the questions: Allow commercial uses of yourwork? Allow modifications of your work? Jurisdiction of your license?Format of your work (such as text)?
- You can also click to add more information about yourwork. If you're only going to create a license for one article, you canget very specific about your article.
- Click on Select a License. You'll see how the licensewill look on your page. You can then copy and paste the text to yourWeb site.
You can even add a Creative Commons License to your blog!
How Long Does it Take for Yahoo!'s Crawler to Find the CC License?
After I put the licenses up on our Web pages, our pages were found in a Yahoo! Creative Commons Search within two weeks.
What about All of the Typical SEO Ramifications?
Does the same Yahoo! crawler crawl Creative Commons licenses? (To my knowledge, there isn't a different crawler.)
Will having a Creative Commons license get your pages into Yahoo! faster?(I haven't done any testing on this yet to see if new pages will getinto the regular index as well as Creative Commons, but it's aninteresting concept.)
What about a brand new Web site with an articles directory?(You need to have a link from another Web site, because of your siteisn't indexed at all, you can't expect Yahoo! to find and spider thosearticle pages quickly.)
Does having a Creative Commons license on your articles affectyour regular Yahoo! rankings? (I've seen no evidence of this to date.)
What about Relevancy of Search Results?
That's an interesting question. Let's look at another example.
Again, go to:
Choose “Find content I can use for commercial purposes.”
Type in “wordtracker.” Click on Search CC.
The #1 result is our articles page again:
Marketing on Internet Search Engines - articles by Robin Nobles and John Alexander
“Wordtracker” is being used 11 times on the page, since we'vewritten several articles about Wordtracker. It's not being used in thetitle, description, etc. This page is not focused on Wordtracker atall. However, this page definitely has a higher link popularity thanour other pages.
We have several Wordtracker articles in those same results, yetour articles page is #1. I'll let you study the rest of the resultsyourself.
Some of the Search Results Aren't Exactly “High Quality”
We have seen some SERPs that aren't exactly high quality. Will your results float to the top? We'd like to think so.
Will Yahoo! or Creative Commons find a way to police the results that are less than quality?
After all, this fabulous tool definitely has potential for abuse if not policed in some manner.
In Conclusion . . .
Article writers, if you don't mind others using your content on their sites, be sure to visit Creative Commons and add the CC licenses to your articles. How easy can increasing your online visibility get?!
But don't abuse the system. If the beta tool gets abused, it maynever make it to the full version, which will be a shame for us all.
For those of you who are looking for valuable content to add to your sites, be sure to visit Yahoo!'s Creative Commons Search. This is an ideal spot for finding relevant content that's available to be used on your site.
Just remember that the #1 ranked result may not be the best article for you, so do your research.