Just to find out why my site is not doing well in ASK. I have submitted my site to ASK 4 months ago.(pay inclusion) It is having good position for all the key words that I am targetting, but except for the main keyword. After submitting and re-submitting paying more money my site is not at all appearing in any position for the main key word. Anybody has got any clue how to get into it.
I can't really comment on the ranking used by ask or teoma but if you just wait long enough and get some good links you should get a lot of your pages indexed for free. As far as getting them ranked well some might say your time is best spent else where. Good luck
PFI is not a sure fire way to the top, you still have to opto your site, and may find that it is not geared towards this very competitive term.
Have a look at the SERPs that are occupying the top slots, and then analyse their page/site structure, kw density, and other on page/site specifics, then have a look at the off page stuff, links from other related sites, directories, vortals and portals etc.