amznVibe - 6:46 am on Oct 6, 2003 (gmt 0) Business Week Online - Web Searches: The Fix Is In [businessweek.com]
What would seemingly be yet-another story for the more mainstream about paid inclusion - but check out the story at the end about the guy who declined on Inktomi's offer and found himself all but removed from the listings...
After he demanded to know what happened, Spooner learned from Inktomi that his site contained editorial flaws that hurt his ranking. And he would have to become a paid-inclusion customer to learn what these flaws were. All this, while his pages remained well ranked on Google. "I lost a quarter of my traffic," says Spooner.
Business Week Online - Web Searches: The Fix Is In [businessweek.com]