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Needless to say, I was thrilled!
But now I am getting NO traffic at all from MSN or any of the other Ink partners. January 30th was the last day of traffic from them :(
Anyone have any idea why Inktomi would pick up my entire site for inclusion in the directory, and send lots of traffic (which obviously felt they'd found what they had searched for seeing as how sales went up dramatically) -- only to drop the site entirely 3 weeks later?
And, more importantly, aside from paying a fortune to have my whole site indexed, does anyone know how I can get my site listed again? Is there a possibility (hoping & praying!) that this is a temporary glitch and the new database will kick back in again with my site? Or is that useless dreaming on my part?
I was so excited, but now I'm just sad <sigh>
Any help, comments, etc, would be appreciated!
Surely there is a middle course here.
You now know that you can produce great traffic and sales
from Inktomi. Consider your month in the index as a FREE
If it were my site I would check my logs in detail
and discover which pages produced the most
traffic/sales and them submit as many as I could
afford to Inktomi.
Then wait for Ink to spider the rest of my site for free,
or use some of the profits from the sales, to submit more
At least you know it is working, many of us submit pages
and have to keep changing them before we get any traffic!
Just my opinion of course!
I have noticed that if you pay for a few pages, the rest of the site eventually gets included for free. It is almost like Ink is saying, give us at least a bit of money and we will trow a bonus your way.
I will leave it alone for a while and see if it gets picked up again. In the meantime, I will try to figure out which pages might be worth paying for...although it seems that if I pay for some it might actually lower my chances of having the rest of them picked up.
It is frustrating, b/c my sales are actually affiliate sales -- so I cannot tell which pages are producing b/c I don't even know what was actually purchased -- only that I had sales with a specific merchant. So it's hard for me to figure out which pages are most worth paying for to be indexed -- even if one got alot of traffic, that traffic may not have converted. I wonder if any other affiliates have any ideas on how to figure that stuff out..
btw, glengara - did any of your pages that were missing show up in the index yet?
Still keeping my fingers and toes crossed that the site gets picked up again... :)
You can take aim on ROI, but remember you're aiming a shotgun, not a rifle.