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Somehow, that doesn't sound right, but its a theory in circulation. Any substance to it?
This is a big improvement from 1998-2001, when you had to submit "every" URL to Ink., if you wanted to insure that they were indexed.
We noticed a huge update around 1/10/2003, and Inktomi has been spidering hard since... :)
I had to wait longer than I did with Google and FAST to get spidered and indexed but slurp has been a constant visitor, gradually hoovering up all of the content.
MSN referrals still below Google but show steady growth, now accounting for 25% of se referrals.
I don't know what I did right - I was focusing on getting indexed on Google and it just happened, albeit 4-6 weeks later than on Google/FAST.
I heard the rumours too and won't be paying for inclusion - too much to lose now!
It doesn't make sense for this to happen becuase if this was true and people knew about it then there goes ink's business model. However just because it doesn't make sense doesn't mean it isn't true!
A second (really newby question). how do you check your rankings in inktomi?
Some people say they have seen this, I tend to feel that the pages were dropped for other reasons. My own site has 2 paid for pages - yet all of the pages are indexed fine - and always have been.