Don't use Yahoo Site BuilderOne factor we’ve seen that can hurt your rankings … and that almost no web site owner is aware of … is known by the tongue twister “canonicalization“. It can be fixed by three lines of code, and we explain all that on our web site and in optimization recommendations we provide for our clients.

Unfortunately, Yahoo Site Builder can’t let you implement those simple three lines of code. We ran into this on behalf of a client of ours this month. When I wrote Yahoo for assistance, this is the response I got.

We’re sorry, but the feature you are mentioning is not currently available through Yahoo! Web Hosting, and we do not have an estimated date as to when or if it will be available. However, we’ll pass your comments on to our Development team for further consideration. Since Yahoo! is a share hosting service, we currently do not offer access to .htacess files.

When I pressed them for more details, they were no more helpful.

Bill, as mentioned in the earlier, if you would like to redirect http://hullcogarage.com to http://www.hullcogarage.com this has to be done using .htaccess or using 301 redirect and currently Yahoo! do not support both the options, hence we’re sorry to inform you that there is no other option to redirect hullcogarage.com to www.hullcogarage.com, we apologize for any inconvenience.

There’s a blog rant on this and other reasons to avoid Yahoo Site Builder that you might want to check out. If you’re considering Yahoo Site Builder and would like to consider some alternatives, refer to our strategic partners who do excellent web design and hosting.