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I have spent the last few weeks tinkering with my website submitting it to Inktomi, FAST and Altavista (all thru paid inclusion).
My listing in MSN thru Inktomi is doing rather well in the rankings and clicks but I have been struggling with getting clicks from AV with a 13 rank for my keyword.
And don't even get me started with Lycos...there doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason for their search results.
Uh oh! I am rambling. I actually have a question....
Of the paid inclusion spiders, which of them are worth their weight for clicks? I can barely get a click thru from AV where as the INK listing in MSN is doing great.
Should I even bother worrying about AV and Lycos or just concentrate on getting good ranking in google and get my DMOZ listing accepted?
The problem with PFI is that it likely isn't worth it unless you can get great SERPs. And you have no idea what they will be. I can't figure out Altavista's algo at all based on the SERPs in my keywords. I'd say definitely you should worry most about the DMOZ and your Google ranking.
I have come to the conclusion that I am going to try to
get a top placement at MSN. And then let the DMOZ pick
up my listing and focus on google.
I checked my position @ Altavista this morning and am at the very
top of page 2 (11th position) and don't even get any clicks?
I also think that Lycos is a lost cause. If any of my pages get
picked up I'll consider it dumb luck.
One more quick note: Is the Ask Jeeves/Teoma inclusion worth the $?
What I would have expected. I don't do *that* bad at Altavista (I'm still on page 1), I'd have expected if Altavista was being used a lot I'd see more traffic. I don't think Altavista gets more than a small percent people using it.
Sure you should. It's always good to have your pages listed in these SE's for the times when user preferences for SE's change again. Also good to have the additional traffic.
It takes some time to get your pages in without the PFI programs, but IMO its worth it.
My site magically appeared in the Lycos search
results yesterday(I used PFI).
I rank well in Alta and Lycos for my targeted keywords but
MSN gives me about 10x the traffic of Alta and Lycos combined with similar serps....
I had no idea that the refers would vary so greatly between