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Once they are entrenched in both databases, the Google traffic oustrips MSN stuff by about 2 or 3 to 1, but MSN is certainly a nice jumpstart to the sites these days.
If your site is part of the 'core web map' that you find referenced in some of the literature at Inktomi's web site, you'll understand what you need to do in order to get them to actively spider & list your pages for free.
Now, search engines algos are pretty complex, taking into account several factors. It is possible to score so high on some factors that a complete loss on other factors wouldn't matter.
To illustrate: Some pages rank high simply on the power of popularity (aka PR), some pages rank high simply on the power of anchor text, some hit home with onpage factors.
Still, it is possible to bring in pages without any backlinks and get them ranking via PFI. Which makes me think there's a slightly modified algo at work, leaving out the computation of popularity.
However, Inktomi has managed to pick it up and is ranking it really well for competitive terms. On MSN you obviously have all the other paid results before the "Web pages" results but this site has many top 5 spots in the Web pages section.
This hasn't used PFI but it does look a lot to me like Inktomi is very keen on on page factors and doesnt use off page nearly as much as some others. I guess this would make sense, afterall, they want people to pay for a URL, if the guy sees it go to the top they may buy more urls for inclusion - in that sense it is in their interest to develop an algo that is not dependent on external factors such as incoming links.
The more popular client wound up ranking within the top 3 results, while the less popular client ended up ranking somewhere beyond the 500 mark.
Same words, same content, but the only difference was in link popularity.
I was ranked #3 for a very competitive keyword for the more popular client (mentioned in my previous post to this thread). Everything was fine and dandy for a few days, and seemingly out of nowhere, I dropped to #7 without making any changes to the content.
At first, I thought one of the competitors made changes to their content, but neither of them had a more recent "last updated" date than my listing.
Any idea as to why that may happen?