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Inktomi - finding less competitive terms

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9:34 pm on Oct 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Our company has decided to subscribe to the $39/$25 URL submission on Inktomi. I'd love to have about 400 of the 450 pages indexed, but that's not practical (at least, until I see if we get a return). We're going to do a test subscription with $500 (or about 20 pages) and go from there. I'm trying to decide which pages to submit.

To start with some pages are indexed already. Not many however, hotbot.co.uk shows 125 pages indexed - about half of which are dead/3-4 years old. So basically 70 of the 454 pages are already in there. A few of those 70 pages are 'prime' pages on our site - would it make sense to pay for those if they're already indexed - seeing as how I could tweak them? Side problem is those prime pages are highly competitive.

Also, the bulk of our travel site is about 300 properties - each with their own page and each unique (i.e. our own content - we're not just supplying affiliate content). Some of the properties are quite competitive in Google/Overture/etc., some much less so. Almost none of our pages appear to be indexed in Ink however, despite these particular pages being online for 2 years. I want at least 15 of the 300 indexed to see how they do. I don't want to index a page if there's 15 serious SEO's working on the same term. If there's just a bunch of results for the term but no/few experts, I'll take my chances with my mediocre SEO skills. Any hints to tell if pros are working a term in Inktomi?

Finally, thought I could find this in a FAQ but didn't see answers:

1. Can I change URLs mid-subscription - and I mean completely change, not just "my URL for Property X changed, but this new URL is still going to Property X"?

2. Are "isolated" pages fine. My site holds OK in Google, so don't want to tweak for Inktomi and hurt myself in Google. Any downside to using another version of a page solely to optimize on Ink, even though there would be no inbound links to that page?

Thanks for any help,


9:56 pm on Oct 20, 2003 (gmt 0)

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For Inktomi & FAST
Within the first 30 days of your invoice you may freely substitute URL's regardless of domain. After the 30 days, only URL's within the same root domain may be changed.

You may want to read this thread [webmasterworld.com] before dropping money on Ink.

Recently included websites, both free and PFI are being locked out of the results. All of my older stuff is doing the same as ever. My newer stuff hasn't shown this entire month.

I experimented by PFI'ing pages that were already in the index and they too fell into the Inktomi Void. Although one of the recent pages is doing so-so. Weird.

12:22 am on Oct 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the info, and the warning.

That link was pretty disconcerting. Think we'll wait a bit.


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