Is it a good sign for a banned site if the shopping directory listing is showing in the search index

My web site dissappeared from the Yahoo search index about 10 weeks ago.  There are several backlinks but it still has not come back so I've assumed it was banned. I have sent 2 appeals in but only got generic responses back.  10 weeks ago when this happened I applied to the Shopping Index and got in no problem.  But, the shopping index listing has never showed up in the search index either.  

In other words, if you go to Yahoo search and type in my url (http://www.mysite.com) only back link pages showed up, no sign of my actual site or the shopping directory listing at all. I understand this to be the case when a site is banned.

Then, yesterday I checked and now the shopping directory with my .com at the bottom is now showing up for the first time since it got into the directory 10 weeks ago.  Here's the question ....

Is this a good sign that the ban might be lifted and that I might be getting back into the yahoo search index again soon?

ontrackprofessionalsAsked:
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duzConnect With a Mentor Commented:
ontrackprofessionals -

Ah OK!  Then definitely not because they have different guidelines and I have only once seen anything change after a human review from a directory listing request.  The directory entries are subject to the minimum site criteria in the Yahoo! Express Service Agreement http://docs.yahoo.com/info/suggest/terms.html and the index guidelines are here http://help.yahoo.com/help/us/ysearch/deletions/deletions-05.html 

Try emailing reportsearchspam@yahoo-inc.com with concise details.

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duzCommented:
ontrackprofessionals -

When you say 'Shopping Index' and 'shopping directory' do you mean the place where the Yahoo on-line stores get listed http://shopping.yahoo.com/ or the Shopping and Services section of the Yahoo Directory? http://dir.yahoo.com/Business_and_Economy/Shopping_and_Services/

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ontrackprofessionalsAuthor Commented:
I know it get's confusing.  I mean the directory, the one where you pay $300 for express submission.  http://dir.yahoo.com/Business_and_Economy/Shopping_and_Services/

By Search Index I mean the one that crawls the web, and shows the free listings.

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ontrackprofessionalsAuthor Commented:
I'm having a little trouble explaining the question.  I realize they have different criteria and databases.  Here's the thing, when my site origionally disappeared from the search index, and you went to the search box and typed in the url ...  http://www.mysite.com ... into their search box, nothing with my .com showed, including the directory listing.  Now when you type in http://www.mysite.com  the directory listing link is coming up in the "natural" search results for the first time since all this happened 10 weeks ago.  That's why I was wondering if this new appearance of the directory listing in the natural search results was a good sign.  Sorry I'm having trouble explaining this properly.
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Serena HsiMarketing ConsultantCommented:
Have you used a SEO vendor to tune up your website pages? They may have embedded links into your pages that major search engines don't like and will ban you for it. A Google search on the keyword phrase "Traffic Power" will tell you a lot about being banned from search engines.
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duzCommented:
ontrackprofessionals -

>...if this new appearance of the directory listing in the natural search results was a good sign.

As I say it's neutral and will not remove a Yahoo penalty if you have one. Yahoo penalties tend to go away automatically when the reason for it are removed, unless an email appeal gets through and it is considered justified.

>Sorry I'm having trouble explaining this properly.

No problem.

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bhoard1Commented:
One sure fire way to know exactly whose thinking about including your pages in their search engine is to analyze your server logs.  IIS provides detailed log files (provided that you setup this feature) that can be parsed via a variety of programs that will display, plainly, what domains have visisted your site and where they have been.  Within these results, you'll find googlebot.com and the like, and you'll be able to conclude which of your pages were spidered based on this information.  SE's generally do not spider the manually blacklisted websites.  Penalties are a different story altogether.  Nonetheless, the logs should give you some interesting insight into the problem.
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