If your goal is to get into MSN, you don't necessarily need the Inktomi paid inclusion. There is a back-door into MSN and Looksmart.
Have you tried submiting to Zeal.com? I launched my site on March 10, submitted to Zeal the same day and was listed within 24 hours. MSN had my site listed in the #1 spot within 72 hours. Looksmart listed me at #1 the next day. I now have multiple keywords ranked in the top 10 in Zeal, MSN and Looksmart.
You can submit for free to Zeal, but there is a test you have to pass (I'm not kidding). It is not a difficult test, but it might take you a few tries to pass. Check out the Zeal.com website for the guidelines.
This is a legitimate submission method - no tricks.