Yahoo! updated its search blog today with the latest news regarding the Yahoo!-Microsoft search alliance, which begins later this week when Bing starts powering Yahoo’s organic search listings in the U.S. and Canada.
We recently posted Five Steps to Becoming Bing-ready as well as an in-depth look at Bing’s New Webmaster Tools to help make the transition go more smoothly for website owners. Today Yahoo! wrote that while webmasters should familiarize themselves with Bing's tools as quickly as possible, that they should continue to provide their site information to Yahoo! using Yahoo’s Site Explorer for the time being. The reason provided is that worldwide implementation of the search alliance will not be completed until early 2012, and Yahoo! search results in many parts of the world will continue to be powered by Yahoo! until that time.
To ensure that business owners and webmasters receive the highest quality traffic from search results powered by both engines throughout the transition, Yahoo! wrote that it will share all site information provided on Site Explorer with Microsoft. Yahoo! also announced its decision to close the SearchMonkey developer tool, gallery, and app preferences on October 1. For developers who wish to retain their codes, the company asked that they export them by that date.
For continued updates, FAQs and to leave comments about the transition process, visit the Yahoo! Search Blog.