>I'd pay $20 to see flies ****
I wish this profanity filter would leave the leading letter, this is obviously not an Anglo-Saxon saying. I guess I'll just have to use my imagination !!.
Down to the serious business. I appreciate and take note of every single word that people such as Brett, rcjordan, NFFC etc have to say, and I totally agree that Inktomi's choice of an SEO company to administer the scheme is a travesty. However, is there not the slightest gleam of sunlight there?. Consider the scenario of submitting a single page ($20). With spidering every 48 hours, there is ample opportunity to tune that page until it sings. Then if we build 20 further pages aimed at our best keywords, and based exactly on our original $20 page, isn't it possible that we might end up with some very nice rankings for not too much money. I know that they're doorway pages, and that they're frowned upon by many (some?) of our members, but surely nobody in their right mind is going to pay thousands of dollars to have their entire site spidered.
I appreciate that nobody yet knows what Ink is doing with paid for submissions vs spidered free ones, but I'm just trying to say that things may not be quite as black as they're being pained.