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All the dropped pages have unique content, which as far as I know has not been duplicated elsewhere on the web. I used the same template on a series of sites, but that does not seem to be the problem as 3 of the sites using that template are still in.
If anyone has a new theory, post it here and I'll see if it applies to my pages.
BTW, the "dropped" pages are still in the index if you do a domain:mysite.com search, but they are not showing up in any other results. Not even "mysite.com" searches.
Anyway, main thing, still no sign at all of my free pages that were removed. Tim said they were working on it, so hopefully that will change sometime soon.
All of my PFI pages IF they are even included in the index are on the bottom of the serps.
Inktomi's and its resellers service have become nothing short pathetic in my opinion. I always recommended them to my clients as the first place to lay their advertising budgets, now I don't even recommend them as an option.
It's really frustrating when your pages get dropped immediately after signing up for PFI and nobody really has any concrete answers. But I think this will be a good test to see what kind of a product "search submit" really is. If Ink and PT can get to the bottom of these problems... then that's a really good sign and it will mean that PFI is moving closer to stability.
PT really has offered me some good service and has worked with me to get to the bottom of this problem over the last several weeks. That's admirable considering that I only paid like 60 bucks or something like that. We still have not found resolution, but I'm optimistic that we'll get it figured out sooner rather than later. And when they get this mess sorted out, if I ever decide to use PFI again, I'll use PT.
Fingers are crossed...
Would be nice to find out more about why this is happening.
Thanks to everyone for posting their experiences. You really made me feel better. I hope this situation straightens out for all of us soon.
I'm sure that INK gets innundated regularly with emails from people that are mad that their sites aren't doing well and so they ignore most of the emails that we send them when there is a legitimate bug with their PFI program (like we are reporting here in this thread). I think the real reports probably get lost among the roar of the others.
It's important to keep working on this. I suggest that you call PT and talk to a rep and point them to this thread... so they know what you are talking about. Also that you try and send an email to Inktomi support... hopefully it will make it into the right hands.
I know that INK is aware of the situation. If you know others that are victims of this latest problem, please point them to this thread.
They immediately responded to my email. They said that everything I stated in email was the problem Inktomi was currently having.
So, I suggest we wait and see. I am impressed with Position Technologies support. We are not being ignored and that's a good thing.
By the way great forum have found it most useful, was extremly worried with whats going on at INktomi so i contacted positiontech direct and within hours got this response:-
"Inktomi had a problem with their program which affected many PFI URL's.
They are correcting this error and the problem should be corrected in the
next 24-48 hours."
In many ways i am glad that this is the problem and not them messing around with their algo which would mean me having to change thousands of my clients pages in the long run.
Hope this helps you all
In all fairness mate the problem isnt with positiontech its inktomi, im sure positiontech are sick of getting all the emails on inktomis behalf asking whats going on. While it is a problem im glad it isnt an Algo change as id have to change thousands of optimised pages, that really would p*ss me off.
Yahoo flips the switch and Inktomi is all screwball. Nice.
It's not only Yahoo. Next week MSN stops using Looksmart and as far as I know Inktomi results will be on top. Because of this I stopped paying for Looklistings a couple months ago and put my money on Inktomi, only to see most of my PFI pages dropped. Get with it, Inktomi.
The response i got back from positiontech was that this is a technical fault. Are you suggesting that it may be more than this? i would say some of my PFI pages disappered over a month ago, although i have to say that not all of them have gone and that some of my clients positions have been affected more than others.
Still not happy about it though, if only we were able to take clients money and make as wooly optimisation guarantees as they do!
Saying this isn't a position tech problem is anti-reality as we all do business with position tech, not Ink directly. Its Position Tech's responsibility to see that our pfi pages are actually pfi, otherwise what on earth are we paying for?