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Is anyone aware of any major changes with the submission process other than the dreaded 'pay for view' program?
No problem with submissions at all, just the same for me as always although I no longer submit to all three/four at the "same" time.
The problem is with rank, completely buried on all submissions and Ink is not adding unless the pages are directly submitted.
Been trying to work the "webmap" angle by not directly submitting, using sites that are in the permanent dB to link to the target domain, no joy at all.
I submitted my own site again yesterday almost a month after being dropped. I could sure use more traffic. Will let you know what happens with both.
My friends' site is showing in the top 10 in most of her important key phrases. I'm not holding my breath though. Could be gone anytime.
Could be good news but they could be toying with me.
She is listed on NBCi, Google, Hot Bot, Canada.com, Alta Vista, Go.com, Aol, About, MSN, Netscape, ODp & Fast.
Not on GoTo, Excite, LookSmart, Lycos (I resubmitted today), Direct Hit or Webcrawler.
I am just going to watch and see without submitting it anywhere else. Will let you know if it pops up anywhere.
The results on Google, NBCi, Hot Bot, Fast, and Alta Vista are pretty darned good. Didn't really go in depth on most though.
I know you have had this problem for a long time, it must be time to look at the things that haven't changed since your problems started.
If it were me I'd be looking at moving the sites to fresh IP's, making sure that submissions have not all been from the same IP [dial-up] and finally at the servers structure.
If it is a shared server are you able to contact any of the other sites to see if they are having problems?
For a quick check try sticking a page on a free host [i.e. not your IP] and see if that gets indexed.
Any suggestions, anyone ?
We've missed you. Mark's advice is solid. Some months ago you and I talked about shared IP's. (a server may state they are not routing through one IP when in fact they are) Also a block of IP's can be banned - meaning you're paying for someone elses mistake.
For what it's worth - we are concentrating on Google and others until INK opens the door again.
I had to step back a bit because things were becoming too frustrating. So I've been pretty much outta the loop where all of this is concerned.
We moved our server to a different colocation and the block of IP's changed. This was about a month ago and we've still had no luck getting anything into Inktomi. Totally bizarre, I tell ya.
I've got to get back into the loop or I'll be off line completely if things slow down anymore. I'm all ears (or eyes as the case may be)!
I think you need to have a close look at the server setup it seems to be the only thing that hasn't changed.
Try viewing the sites through Brett's Sim Spider [searchengineworld.com] as a starting point.
Are you NT or nix?
We're unix based, used to be NT and we were NT when the problems began some time ago. So... now we're at a new unix server <ours, btw, we only colocate the box> brand new IP's and sites that should comply at least to my knowledge. We do have some sites in Ink but they've been there for a long time and our rankings stink. Nothing new is getting in not even the NEW new sites. I'm willing to try just about anything to get listed, as long as it's basically above board.