For pay'd inclusion in FAST i have seen a rise in good positions (some top 5) for keywords with 20-50.000 returned results on serps (excite.it, lycos.it, tiscali.it) but only a minor rise in the number of referrers from these serps.
Does no one use these search engines? Ok, I know the FAST update is only a few days old, but still...
<<<Just read a post on an Italian forum asking has there been a change in Lycos.it and Tiscali as his previously high ranking pages (on fast) were now way down. May be connected?>>>
Well I read the same post on the same forum I think :) and I can tell you that I didn't notice any changes in results, it seems always the same. Fast is still powering Tiscali ( Excite is owned by Tiscali so.. ) and Lycos too.
May be Google will power these sites but till now nothing new.
>>>I was rather hoping for some real life info from Italian members on how big Fast is for them... hint hint>>>>
Well honestly I can tell you that doing some searches for keywords related to my clients I found the same results than before. I've not done Fast paid inclusion just the free add-url and I'm positioned in the top 5 or between 5 and 10 ( with keyword that return 150000 results ). I can tell you that I receive about zero from these engines in fact in Italy it's getting really popular Google. Summing results I noticed about 10% from Fast 60% from Google , 12% Virgilio 11% Yahoo ( still Yahoo not Google ) and teh rest from Altavista, Arianna and others. I don't know if it can help you but that's my experience. I strongly suggest to use Google Adwords in Italy ( good results ).