As Fast has now taken another Inktomi scalp (Inktomi = MSN?) I would really appreciate some guidance on the Fast/Lycos PFI.
If I submit through Fast for their basic PFI, where are my pages likely to appear: Fast, Lycos and now HotBot?
Will my page appear 'globally', or be filtered according the it's UK, EU or .com domain through the above engines?
Is there domain filtering applicable to the users search and the engines own system. In other words, is there any advantage of paying for a .com URL/page (based on the premise that it will appear in relevant 'local' and worldwide searches) as opposed to a .co.uk which will not stand a chance of being returned against .com's in a global/international search.
Is it a question of paying/submitting pages through a .com domain AND paying for a local URL, for example through a .co.uk.
I think what I am trying to find out is exactly what you potentially get for your money and what the best strategy is for a site dependant on its domain and it's target audience. A lot of my clients are UK based (often with both .co.uk and .com domains) but target international audiences.
Finally, I do have some pages non-PFI in Fast. If I pay for limited number of PFI pages from the same domains is there any evidence that the non-PFI's will be removed in favour of those which I have paid for? I have experienced this in other similar programs.
Thanks in advance.