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This has been my strategy with Inktomi for a long time. If I sit on my hands and wait, then eventually they will come sniffing. If they don't, sure I suffer.... but so do they, as their database becomes stale and their product (search) consequently deteriorates.
Ditto for Teoma. They have a relatively small DB. If they want to increase it and have credibility they will HAVE to crawl... and therefore pick my sites (and everyone elses) up. If they donít, they wonít retain new customers (searchers) for long.
A question of patience to a degree.
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