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Am I missing something here?

 7:34 pm on Sep 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

Am I missing something here? I've been bidding for multiple keywords in my category (lets say widgets) for the last 6 months and when I search on Espotting for my product the listing comes up. However despite bidding for number 1 and 2 positions for keywords that I spend hundreds of pounds a month on for Google Adwords on, I have yet to spend 20 in the past 6 months on my Espotting campaign.

When looking at a widgets directory that sources its data from Espotting, my website doesn't appear to be listed. I only went for the bronze service so could this be the reason? Do you have to go for Gold to appear in affiliate directories? I want to be spending a lot more than I currently am!

Any help you could give would be great!




 7:38 pm on Sep 6, 2003 (gmt 0)


I suggest you contact Espotting asap regarding this issue.

afaik you should be appearing across their partner network, no matter which price plan/service you have chosen.

seems like an error somewhere along the line.

good luck, and do report back, be interesting to see what the reason was.



 7:52 pm on Sep 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

I hadn't heard of espotting before. Aside from the current problem, what sort of results are people getting with them? We are UK based, so they certainly look interesting.


 7:56 pm on Sep 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

Shak; many thanks. Will contact them on Monday - It could just take forever to propagate onto all the different directories. Really just wanting to use it to increase my backlinks in targeted categories for the sake of Google more than anything else!


 8:06 pm on Sep 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

Espotting will NOT help you increase backlinks.

they are a pay for performance player, similar to Overture and Google Adwords.



 8:14 pm on Sep 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

My competitors are getting hundreds of backlinks however through directories that are compiled from the ground up with Espotting results. Surely this must help?


 8:43 pm on Sep 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

are your competitors getting backlinks from the actual "inktomi" backfill results, which in certain cases are done as straight links.

all other Espotting links as far as i know are done through redirects such as affiliate.espotting.com/.............

this needs to be done so the advertiser can pay espotting, and the partner can earn their share :) - by doing direct links (imo) would be impossible to monitor the actual traffic.

unless you are referring to the Google command:

Find web pages that contain the term "yourcompetitor.com"

rather than:

Find web pages that link to yourcompetitor.com


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