Yahoo! Directory

The Yahoo! Directory was a web directory which at one time rivaled DMOZ in size. The directory was Yahoo!'s first offering and started in 1994 under the name Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web.[1] When Yahoo! changed to crawler-based listings for its main results in October 2002, the human-edited directory's significance dropped, but it was still being updated as of April 16, 2014.[2] Users could browse thousands of listings which were organized in 7 or more tiers. For example, if a user was looking for a site on chess they might follow a path such as: recreation -> games -> board games -> chess.

Yahoo! Directory
LaunchedJanuary 1994 (1994-01)
Current statusDefunct as of December 26, 2014

The directory originally offered two options for suggesting websites for possible listing: "Standard", which was free,[3] and a paid submission process which offered expedited review.[4] "Standard" was dropped, and a non-refundable review fee of $299 ($600 for adult sites) was required when suggesting any website. If listed, the same amount was charged annually.

On September 26, 2014, Yahoo! announced that it would be closing the directory on December 31, 2014.[5] This followed the closing of a number of country-specific directories in 2010.[6]

See also


  1. Yahoo schlie├čt seinen Katalog from, September 27, 2014, retrieved in June 3, 2017
  2. Yahoo! Directory Additions for Wednesday April 16, 2014, Yahoo
  3. How do I add my site to the Yahoo! Directory?, Yahoo! website, accessed January 21, 2011
  4. Yahoo! Directory Submit, Yahoo! website, accessed April 22, 2014
  5. "Progress Report: Continued Product Focus", Yahoo! September 26, 2014
  6. "Yahoo! Closes European Directories, Says US Directory Is Safe",, accessed August 13, 2010

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