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MSN & Inktomi Search Submit Problem

MSN has dropped my clients web site when we paid Inktomi to be included.

3:54 pm on Nov 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

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One of my clients recently submitted their web site to Inktomi's paid search engine submit. Before paying for inclusion, the web site enjoyed a top-ten ranking in MSN and Inktomi's other network partners. Further, all of the pages of the web site were indexed.

However, now that the web site is in the paid index, only the first page is in the database. Moreover, the site has disappeared totally from the rankings, unless you type in the specific site title. Nice!

Note that the site optimization and content did not change in the past two months, so its not that we did anything other than pay to be submitted. While this was a dumb move by my client, it has happened and I need a solution. Any ideas?

Since the web site has 50+ pages, my client does not want to pay for each link to be submitted and this might not guarantee a top ten listing anyways. I have registered a new domain name and linked it into the web site, but that did not do anything in the past two months. I am thinking that I just need to setup a totally new web site with new content and that will work. Thanks.

5:43 pm on Nov 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

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From what I understand, Ink has a $$ algo...eg, the more you pay, the better you'll do. So if ranking in MSN is *very* important (and the INktomi results are at or near the top for your clients keywords) try their XML cpc program...from what I understand, they always try to serve those on top (cause if nobody clicks, INK & Yahoo don't make money...).

Failing that, the new domain idea sounds interesting, but I'm not sure I'd scrap a site over INK ranking. Is it in Yahoo? Every site I've ever added to Yahoo in the last year, has been fully including in INK - every single page.

5:55 pm on Nov 24, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I could care less about the rankings in MSN, but the client thinks that it is important, even though MSN only has 10% or so of the market share.

I haven't added the site to Yahoo's Express Submit directory. It is in Yahoo's results because it ranks in the top three in Google's search engine inquiries, but that is only on the search feature. Maybe I will give their directory a try.


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