The good folks over at Yahoo! are crowing about the fact that they have updated their index (the listing of documents and other files that make up their search results). Tim Mayer says:
Ensuring you find what you're looking for is the true measure of search engine quality and something we strive for every day. We measure quality in terms of RCFP – Relevance, Comprehensiveness, Freshness, and Presentation and continue to work on improving those metrics. While we're never satisfied, it is nice to see some of our efforts over the past year have been recognized – including winning the 5th annual Outstanding Search Service award from Search Engine Watch and our top position in the Search Engine Relevancy Challenge.
While links from this website are certainly among Yahoo!'s 20 billion indexed documents, they do not appear anywhere on the first ten pages of a search for "Martey Dodoo." While it is possible that there are a hundred other pages on the Internet serving more relevant, comprehensive, and fresh content about Martey Dodoo, it is highly unlikely (this is MarteyDodoo.com, after all). Considering that the vast majority of Yahoo!'s results are blog posts where Martey either commented or trackbacked, it is clear that Yahoo!'s method of determining relevant documents is suboptimal.
It does not matter if you have 20 billion documents in your index if your users cannot find the ones that they are searching for. Hopefully, Yahoo! will continue to improve the relevancy of its index as well as its size.