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Back in late February, I signed up for a PositionTech account, and since then, I've been trult frusturated. I have four pages paid for and in the index, and according to PT, they've been refreshed on the 13th of March.
All in all, I'm just stumped. All of the pages validate, feature unique and dense titles, and META information.
I'm getting outranked in MSN as well as Inktomi's Pure Search left and right, and often only find my pages buried 100+ results down.
Whats the catch? My pages feature unique content, so I'm really lost here.
Any help would be great!
paid inclusion does not affect the other indexed pagesPosition Tech was the first to offer paid inclusion service and there were some instances of paying for spidering a page and free pages from the same site getting dropped. It didn't happen to every site, some isolated incidents. It seemed to be new program startup problems that were resolved a long time ago, before other companies began selling paid inclusion. Will this myth ever die? :)
Here are a few tricks:
Check your listing at HotBot using the Ink search to see when it was last updated in the index. Paid pages seem to be updated about once each week. I haven't identified a pattern for free pages yet, I'm guessing every three months or so. It may depend in part on when the page's content is updated.
When analyzing/comparing your competitors pages, use Pure Ink Search [search.positiontech.com]. Insure you're not comparing to a paid page by mousing over the competitor's link and looking for http*//redirect-east.inktomi.com in the link.
Also, compare Ink's description to the description in the competitor's source. If they don't match, it's probably a cloaked page and useless for comparison. These are pretty common on competitive keywords.
We have INK PFI, but cannot get any FREE pages in the index
despite ODP and GOOGLE DIR listings.
However, in recent days INK has listed our looksmart listing
in the index (shows up at no.1 for main keyword in PURE SEARCH)
We know this is looksmart listing because it has the looksmart title and the description they gave us.
Now the problem.
If we discontinue our looksmart account, will the listing
disappear from INK index?
BTW a mouseover in PURE SEARCH shows re-direction to
Anyone had this before?
It was sort of like I was added to the end of an un-updated queue. A couple weeks later I did move to #1 for that three word phrase.
So I'd say just wait a couple weeks.
(Then wait for Ink to randomly rank you anywhere between #6 and #601 for the same one word term during the course of two months.)
"(Then wait for Ink to randomly rank you anywhere between #6 and #601 for the same one word term during the course of two months.)"
Inktomi CAN NO LONGER BE OPTIMIZED FOR - PERIOD.
I hope Inktomi goes down the pan, MSN really should use Google results - ANYTHING other than Inktomi.
Ink is a waste of time, money, effort - UNLESS your random position is a high one, and the odds on that are proportional to the number of returned pages.
Sorry all - this is from experience with almost 100 domains in PFI on different accounts, and combined 20 years SEO experience from 3 different people - PLUS all the usual forum discussions.
I REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY HOPE Ink goes bust.
The 'so-called' geo filtering used on the MSN UK results is appalling, and seems to pretty much filter out anything that isn't a .co.uk regardless of where it is hosted.
It is not quite that simple, as I have examples that prove this wrong, but I have had zero problems getting a .co.uk in the top ten at MSN UK, and plenty of problems with other TLDs (including .net, and .com)
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OFFSITE DOMAIN NAME LINKS
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LINK POP OR PR EQUIV (IN ANY FORM)
KEYWORD DENSITY (TRIED < 1 TO =100)
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UPDATE FREQUENCY (MORE DAMAGING THAN PRODUCTIVE)
In our opinion, the final position/range within the SERP has NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with any of the above.
If anyone can prove me wrong, then I will gladly try out the advice they give.
Fiver (frustrated by Ink - can you tell?)
Club stINK 2003
Membership is free and the purpose of the club is to gather information on the premise that we suspect something fishy may well be going on over at INK - and we are going to get to the bottom of it.
Members of Club stINK 2003 feel that having paid for inclusion, we should have the right to know what we have purchased.
Members of Club stINK 2003 feel that INK should explain every single ridiculous drop in rankings, and if they do not explain these, then they are devious and utterly nasty - and should be avoided at all costs until they go bust, like any company who treats its customers with such contempt should.
Pageoneresults gave the basic formula earlier. I spend thousands a month on PFI. If the pages all ranked nowhere or utterly randomly, why would I spend over $100K per year on it? Even more, why would my clients let me spend their money that way?
It works - that's why.
Oh, Inktomi is owned by Yahoo. Unlikely for them to go bust in the foreseeable future.
If you can't rank, sounds like you have triggered a penalty to me - and the benefits of INKs MakeMeBottom plan :)
Tigger - link popularity does play a part even in PFI. The best way to overcome the .com geo-filter on MSN UK is through getting decent links. Also INK will also penalise orphan pages with no incoming links on PFI, in my experience.
[edited by: makemetop at 8:44 am (utc) on May 9, 2003]
As an example, I have a page that was in BOW and is in PFI. For some reason, at the last main update, it fell from top 10 where it had been for 3 years to position 29. I had changed the page, it was reflected in the content but position didn't change until the last main update. I've now changed it back, and the new copy is reflected in the listing - but the position has remained at #29. I don't expect it to change until the next full update.
INKs reading of off site links is crucial to the eventual ranking of this site in a highly competitive area.
Heres a precise scenario.
I have a PFI root page in the index. (www.my-pfi-site.com)
It ranks very poorly in Inktomi - 459!, it used to be at number 1 and was there about a month. This was 6 months ago.
www.my-pfi-site.com is at number 2 in Google, and it has been since August 2002
www.my-pfi-site.com is at number 9 in Altavista - don't know how long.
Its presence in Google and Altavista - and the way it ranks well is indicative to me that neither of those two indexes view the site as spam - indeed it is true to say that this is not a spammy site in any way shape or form, no "tricks" - just a straight HTML site with a few sub pages which link back to the main page.
It has around 20 inbound links from other sites.
I went over to www.bestoftheweb.com and did a search for its keywords, the same words for which it ranks well on Google and Altavista.
I noted there that BOW returns 15 results, and that there is no "next results" link or anything so I could not check further, the 15 results returned by BOW are the same as the first 15 returned by MSN.
Still at BOW, I search for www.my-pfi-site.com, and it came up - so it appears to be in there.
My conclusion at the moment is that BOW is Inktomi, based on the identical first 15 results.
However - from reading the other posts here and the ones on the link from tigger, I really got the impression that Inktomi is using other databases in a similar manner to that used by Google. EG if you are in DMOZ, then Google gives you a boost - so I was thinking along the lines of, if you are in BOW, Ink gives you a boost. But BOW and Ink appear to be the same.
Can anyone put me straight - I am floundering around in the dark with the relationships between INK, BOW and the Inktomi Web Map described - again in the link from Tigger.
Any help would be appreciated.
They say by getting a link from a page that is in the BOW this will help your site get into the BOW (Inktomi) and of course it's also free :)
You are really confusing me - probably because I am thick but :-
Before you said :-
BOW = Best of Web"
And now you say :-
"You can't search on the BOW, it is a part of the Inktomi database and nothing to do with www.bestoftheweb.com"
Ok - so what you initially said was not referring to www.bestoftheweb.com.
I get that now - so - assuming then you need a link from BOW to get into BOW (In the same manner as google follows links then?), the next questions are the next logical step in my learning process :-
1. How do I establish whether any of my sites are currently in BOW?
2. Could there be a hidden search facility around do you think? a back door maybe as in a Puresearch equivalent?
3. If not, then maybe there is an indicator I am looking for on a SERP somewhere which tells me I am in or not?
I am targetting my efforts in the BOW direction primarily because of the statement made by Makemetop - which is :-
****"Sites which were in the BOW index are very hard to shift due to their inherent link popularity"****
With the above statement in mind I was thinking that it is of extreme benefit to be included in BOW, and also therefore, extremely detrimental to ranking if you are not in BOW.
Am I heading in the correct direction?
>How do I establish whether any of my sites are currently in BOW?
When you search using pure ink and mouse over the results if it's in the PFI scheme on the address bar it should show redirect-west-inktomi.com a site that is in the BOW will just show the URL.
I think I've got that right :)
Unless it's also in LookSmart. Our index page shows the redirect-west.inktomi/click?u=http://www.looksmart.com URL until the free clicks are exhausted each month. After that it shows our URL, but we can't shake the L$ title and description once those free clicks run out :(
The page is still crawled and updated as often as it was when it was PFI, so I don't understand why Ink doesn't use our title and meta description once we're dropped each month by L$.
Inktomi, for example, recently increased the frequency and depth of its search engine to "crawl" about 2 billion documents on the Web every two weeks--a benchmark that rivals Google and Fast. Just a week ago, it searched only about 500 million documents about every month, according to Vish Makhijani, vice president of Web search at Inktomi. Fast in the last week announced that it is searching 2.4 billion documents.