pafowkes - 9:07 am on Sep 3, 2000 (gmt 0)
I must say I have to agree with Brett re. "they should be paying US for using our data". The problem I believe with paid submissions is that they dismiss a lot of sites with good content who cannot necessarily afford to pay for ranking status. This brings the relevance of the search results into question does it not?? I would much rather these type of sites indicate those sites which have paid and those which have not. Surely if you have a good search engine then you can make your revenue through advertising (after all most newspapers generate enough revenue through advertising to pay for the publication of a newspaper). If a search engine gives good quality results then also their partners should also be able to increase their advertising revenue. Where will the fees stop?? How long will it be as the web grows that we will see ever increasing charges???
OK OK Im off my soapbox (almost)now but I hope we do not see too much more of this.