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ODP results on AOL...a lottery?

     
2:39 am on Jul 5, 2000 (gmt 0)

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I need some insight on how AOL sorts the 100% scoring sites.
Last week we were #2 out of 94516 for our main 2 word phrase. This week we dropped to 260+. The first 300 results (us included) are reported as a 100% match.

Are these results randomly scrambled or is there a method in this madness? We *really* liked being #2 :)

5:25 pm on July 5, 2000 (gmt 0)

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Bartek, right before your drop in ranking, do you see any evidence of an AOL spider in your log files?
5:58 pm on July 5, 2000 (gmt 0)

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I've noticed this too, It seems as though they rotate results when there are multiple 100% listings but I haven't been able to come up with any pattern yet.
7:06 pm on July 5, 2000 (gmt 0)

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All visits from AOL are the usual cache-xx##.proxy.aol.com and their IP's. For the life of me I can't figure out what they do to sort out the 100% results. Looked at size, age, IP's, names, titles, desc., keywords and density, link pop and I still see no pattern whatsoever. It's driving me nuts :(
 

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