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If you list your site in the Excite directoy, it will be there as long as it is accepted by looksmart. Whether or not you appear in the search results is a different matter. I personally find their help pages very good, and I think there is a lot to be learned about how to get included by looking here:
I get great hits from MSN as a result. The very rare Excite hit and even more rare from LookSmart itself. Go figure? Had I known then what I know now, I would have paid for the Yahoo listing instead. Its all marketing hype and its nearly impossible to get into Excite ... although I don't see much of a point in worrying about them anymore. The results they display for any given search are so far gone that I believe they are on their way out anyway.
Conversions are exceptionally good with traffic coming from Excite. Better than for most "search services".
I just hope Excite doesn't "pass away"... :(
Once the average Joe starts to underatnd that Excite's listings (as a whole) haven't been updated in years, it will only be a matter of time until Excite will die a natural and perhaps warranted death. I have had the same site listed on Excite for 5 years! I have changed the content entirely, all meta tag descriptions have changed numerous times, I have resubmitted ... but they still show the same description for that site. How pathetic is that and how can they expect to stay in business that way?