Yahoo! has recently announced that they have decided to shut down one of their popular SEO tools Yahoo! Site Explorer.
Yahoo! Site Explorer had been launched on 29 September 2005 and had become a popular tool for SEO’s.
Hemant Minocha, Product Manager, Yahoo Site Explorer has recently confirmed that the Site Explorer will be shut down in due course of time. While no date has been finalized as yet, it is likely to occur before the end of the year.
It has been recommended by Yahoo! that Webmasters should join Bing Webmaster Tools and use that in place of the Site Explorer in future.
As of now, the Bing Webmaster Center team has been busy adding new features to their product in order to provide the kind of detailed support that Site Explorer has been providing so far.
A statement from Yahoo! says, “We are working with Microsoft to transition organic results in all markets to the Microsoft Search platform. Site Explorer will shut down once all markets are transitioned. This is expected later this year.
Other existing third party tools such as Majestic SEO, SEOmoz and Ontolo. may very likely benefit from the shutting down of Site Explorer as it is possible that some users of Site Explorer may eventually start using these tools.