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they are now the second company doing this (inktomi is too).
does anyone have information on how this is affecting search results? i've suspected for some time that search engines will begin cross-checking listings against directories, in order to offer another tier of "relevancy boost".
we've seen this happen in the past with infoseek/go and the go guides, but not with the big boys. i've personally been expecting yahoo to start doing it for some time (maybe they will when they buy google <--*speculation*). i wouldnt be surprised if AV and INK are doing it too. this would be a nifty shortcut for complicating the lives of folks using "doorway domains".
has anyone seen evidence of looksmart listings positively affecting ranks in INK and/or AV?
MSN displays them but still seems to rank pages based on their own algo/page content.
Added note: IMO, AV's still in transition as of this morning's rankings.
Edited by: DaveAtIFG
Agreed. I hadn't been paying much attention to AV -writing it off as "currently unstable"- but I just double-checked my LS listings and they are definitely flowing through to AV.
>and it hurt me
"Hurt" is an understatement. Save me a spot in line Dave.
Clearly link pop is playing into this game as well, though in my (b) example that page only has 90 links in AV...
Very strange... I'm doing further investigating.
but the looksmart title/description theory isnt the answer either. there's something funky going on.
maybe we need to sit tight and see if things stabilize a bit (if ever)....