Yahoo BOSS

Yahoo BOSS offers premium search and geo API services allowing you to build innovative technology applications quickly and efficiently. BOSS also offers Sponsored Search and Search Advertising so that you can monetize your innovative products

At Yahoo, we’re always looking for ways to streamline and simplify products for our customers. With this focus in mind, we will discontinue the BOSS JSON Search API, as well as the BOSS Placefinder API and BOSS Placespotter API, on March 31, 2016.

Access to the BOSS APIs will continue until March 31, 2016. Moving forward, customers leveraging the BOSS JSON Search API can instead use YPA, a Javascript Solution that provides algorithmic web results with search ads for publishers who manage their own search engine results pages (SERPs). Click here to apply or learn more about YPA, or if you are working with a Yahoo Partner Manager, they can help you explore your options.

If you have any questions regarding BOSS please visit our FAQs page here or you may click here to get in touch.

Search Services

Search API

Build and launch web-scale search products that utilize the entire search index with the help of Search API.

Hosted Search

Build a Search application with customizations unique to your site and make money with search advertising.

Search Box

Get a FREE search box with Yahoo's powerful search assist feature for your website.

Geo Services

PlaceFinder

Make your applications location-aware by converting street addresses or place names into geographic coordinates (and vice versa).

PlaceSpotter

Make your applications location-aware by identifying places mentioned in text, and identifing unique identifiers (WOEIDs).

Who’s using Yahoo BOSS

BOSS FAQ

Which APIs are being discontinued?

BOSS Search API, BOSS Placefinder API, BOSS Placespotter API and BOSS Hosted Search.

You have until March 31, 2016 to continue using it as you do today. Your BOSS APIs will still be available until the earlier of when we turn off the apps on March 31st, or you delete your app before March 31st.

Why are BOSS APIs being discontinued?

It is important to Yahoo that we can support and provide excellent service to our customers without delays, and with quality search results. We therefore made a decision to streamline our search offerings and discontinue the BOSS JSON and geo APIs. Developers can continue to get algorithmic web results from Yahoo via YPA, which is available now. YPA is a client-side Javascript Solution that provides search ads and algorithmic web results for publishers who manage their own search engine results pages (SERPs). Click here to apply now.

If I'm currently using BOSS with ads and want to continue to monetize, what do I need to do?

Sign up for YPA here.

What if I want to create a new app with BOSS API today?

We are no longer accepting new sign-ups to our BOSS APIs. Click here to apply or learn more about YPA.

What if I have more questions?

If you have questions regarding BOSS you may click here for assistance. If you have questions regarding YPA, learn more here.

Is there an alternative solution for GEO-coding services?

While the YQL table geo.places geocoding and reverse geocoding are not replacements for BOSS placefinder, the YQL table may suffice for some customers who do not need street address resolution. YQL table geo.places will continue to be supported for our external developers. View the YQL Console geo.places table here.

I heard BOSS Hosted Search is also ending. Is that true?

Yes, for those using BOSS Hosted Search from boss.yahoo.com this product is discontinuing also on March 31, 2016. YPA might be a good fit to offer search ads and algo results on your own SERP.

Is BOSS Search Suggestion API also discontinuing?

Yes, this is part of BOSS search api and is also discontinuing March 31, 2016. We look to make Search Box with Search Assist available soon on this Yahoo Developer Network.

Are there any BOSS product that is remaining available?

We look to make Search Box with Search Assist available soon on this Yahoo Developer Network, however after 3/31 customers will need to make code changes for it to work. We’ll announce the changes to the service soon.

Billing

How will BOSS APIs be billed?

Your BOSS APIs will still incur charges and be billed as per how it is currently, until the earlier of when:
  • we turn off the apps on March 31st , or
  • you delete your app before March 31st .

Billing cycles will still remain in force until your usage from that period is paid for. If you have any questions about your billing you may click here for assistance.

I am being charged for usage, but I’m unable to add, modify or delete a payment method. What do I do?

If you have another credit card available in Yahoo Wallet, and you wish to change your BOSS API payment to an existing card on file, please contact customer support here, and they can take care of the change. However, we recommend all users to consider changing to YPA as soon as possible. Enjoy free algorithimic web results with YPA! Apply now.

I'm unable to view or download my usage report. What do I do?

Please contact customer support here and provide your app id and date range with your request. They will provide your usage report.

I’m unable to change my daily limit threshold. What do I do?

Please contact customer support here and provide your app id and the new daily limit amount you want to change to.