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Altavista and FAST together in ONE paid-inclusion program ...announced by Tim Mayer an SES in London, 4th of June oLeon msg:225032 12:30 pm on Jun 10, 2003 (gmt 0) For I cannot find a thread about this topic, I thought it would be a nice idea to post it. If it has been done before - sorry for doing it again.
Tim Mayer from Overture / FAST Websearch announced, that during this year the two paid inclusion programs from Altavista and FAST will be put together to a single one.
He didnīt say anything about the search engines, i.e. which of them will survive or not.
Rumbas msg:225033 12:48 pm on Jun 10, 2003 (gmt 0)
Thanks for the heads up oLeon.
It would be the natural way for OV/Fast/AV wouldn't it?
I read somewhere here on the board a few days ago that OV would offer PFI from within the client area at OV, but I can't dig it out now.
heini msg:225034 12:51 pm on Jun 10, 2003 (gmt 0)
Of course both will survive - AV as search destinations, ATW most likely as R & D showcase.
The PFI is mostly interesting because of Ex-Fast/Now-Overture partners, Lycos etc. AV still has a network of local sites, which lumped together should get quite a few searches per month.
What I would like to know is how they are going to deal with that AV PFI policy, where you had to pay for each local AV outlet seperately.
mil2k msg:225035 1:20 pm on Jun 10, 2003 (gmt 0)
A logical step in the right direction. markd msg:225036 1:40 pm on Jun 11, 2003 (gmt 0)
As long as it's 'pay for inclusion', rather than some kind of psuedo 'pay for click or position' programme!
A combination may also pose some 'interesting' optimisation issues, not to mention geo-targeting options, which I still do not think SE's in general (let alone PFI programmes) handle very well.