This is something really bad news for Webmasters! Early 2012 yahoo closed and merged Yahoo explorer and now Yahoo closing their 20 years old most trusted Yahoo directory.
You really seem saddened by the shutdown of Yahoo! directory.. but I would like to ask all the members of this forum to come and tell me – When was the last time they actually visited Yahoo! for anything.. (Dont tell me about Yahoo! Answers, as that is not being shutdown).
Over the years, Yahoo! has become an invisible search engine and nothing it seems to do makes any real difference. Google has really dominated the internet. to such an extent that even a once so powerful engine (Back in my school days I used to love Yahoo!, at least I used it back then) is now just living in the shadows. Simply forgotten. How many people can name me 10 Yahoo! services without thinking twice? Can you really remember the time you last went to Yahoo!?!!
I can already anticipate most of the answers.
Check out some of the comments at TechCrunch
“The Yahoo directory was used to create backlinks from a high PR site, not for browsing.” – Edward Marquez
“Yahoo directory still exists?” – Matt Spaulding
“What is Yahoo?” – Marc Dewalle
These comments say it all. Yahoo! Is like a search engine the world never needed?
Actually, Yahoo Dir listing is not Free , it’s Premium! We have spend lot’s of $$$ to manage our clients listing from there. Furthermore, Google always use Yahoo and Dmoz directory listing snippets as a search results for the sites ( unless you have added noodp,noydir).