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Anyone else seeing the same thing?
I am working with a few small clients who just launched their websites on May 1, but I've been happy and amazed at the traffic AND rankings that come from SNAP. I assume that right now it's not as competitive as the big SEs.
The wonder of it, for me, is that the rankings on SNAP seemed to go exactly as planned, with no tweaking at all. For instance one site has three number 1's and a number 4, and that's all her important KWs.
This particular site started on page four, but SNAP's algo heavily rewards clickthroughs. As a new site in this field, it got a lot of clicks even from page four, and moved up quickly. The re-indexing seemed to happen frequently on SNAP, several times a week or perhaps even daily?
Right now SNAP is the number 2 unpaid source of traffic for this site while I still can't crack the top 50 in AV. Number one source is Yahoo Inktomi and number 3 is AOL Search.
AOL Search also seems to be popping all my sites a lot more traffic since their change to ODP. Now if only their verkakte proxy servers would stop putting so many IP Addresses in the logs for each visitor. Lately they make 6 hits for each requested file, and each one under a different IP address. One page view accumulates over 100 unique IP's. Insane.
I'm in the Top Ten/Twenty other important places (thanks to Brett, I believe), but I am a complete loser with Snap (ok, and FAST).
I know whatever I am missing is simple. I throw myself at your mercy to try to simplify Snap. (my eyes are SO downcast and my tail is so wrapped)
Also, it doesn't seem to take many clicks to get you out of the LiveDirectory and before the editors. Snap wants you to encourage "friends and family" to visit your site via Snap, so do it. I believe your clicks are excluded, but since Snap is obviously looking for word-of-mouth advertising here, its not spamming. --besides, they might visit one of my pages while they're looking for yours.
How about a brief Snap tutorial? I've not focused on them in a (gasp) couple of years. The listings we've had in the past have not produced well, and I just kinda forgot about it.
Well, it's been a while (March)... but here's what I remember. Anyone else is free to CORRECT ME, I have thick skin and this is off-the-cuff.
You sign up for an account under LiveDirectory. They request an email address, but spam was not a problem. You do get an acceptance email once you post to the site, and you will receive an email newsletter a bit later, but it is easy to opt out.
There are two sections of LiveDirectory; Local and Everything Else. Local is geographic-centric, separated in the usual manner, Country>RegionOrState>Locality. Since I do travel guides, I was always posting under Local.
Since it's a directory, you'll have to find your category, then click "add site" or whatever. I believe you get to select 5 keywords.
Though they say it may take some time before you are admitted to LiveDirectory, I found that they processed them within an hour. HOWEVER, your page does eventually go before an editor, so spam will get culled out, I suppose. I had one page promoted to the main directory in just a few days and another had its title re-written, so there is definitely some human "hands on" if they choose.
If a site gets a few clicks, it is evidently flagged to be considered for promotion. In early May, 87 pages of mine were promoted on a single day (you get an advisory email).
Looking at the logs, it appears that Snap has been working hard on the co-branding and it's apparently paying off.... lots of left of the dots
USwest and Netscape (nscp above) run pretty strong with me.
another webmaster added these to my list
Notethat there are alot of ISP default seach screens in the above. Another interesting observation was sent to me by another webmaster --that a good number of users are perfectly happy with the search box that comes with their ISP account and never really become concerned with which SE is the best. They are not exactly newbies, perhaps having been on the web for many months, they just don't evolve into sophisticated SE users. This fits well with what I'm seeing here, there is a good percentage of online credit card use, for instance, which implies some level of comfort in their use of the web.
Congratulations! The site you submitted has been accepted to Snap
LiveDirectory. It will appear in Snap search results shortly,
usually within 24 hours.
The site's result ranking for various search terms will depend upon
how popular it is for each of these search terms. The more Snap users
who click on the site and find it useful for a particular topic, the
higher it will be listed in the search results over time. If it
becomes popular enough within the category in which it is listed, the
Snap Directory team may choose to promote it to Snap's premium
Directory, where it will be available both in the Top Results section
of search results and in the topic-based directory of Web listings.
By signing in to the LiveDirectory, you will be able to:
* Track this site's popularity ranking,
* Read the LiveDirectory newsletter,
* Access site building tools and more.
To go to the LiveDirectory, cut and paste this URL into your browser:
To update the site's title and description, or to request other changes,
cut and paste this URL into your browser:[snip]
Thank you for submitting this site to Snap LiveDirectory.
My pleasure. As one of the last freebie sites, I suspect alot of webmaster attention will start gravitating to Snap.
Brett, Oldtimer, it has been a while since I worked with the submittal page... Is my outline correct? Any huge holes that need plugging in this thread?
1. All new submissions go directly to the live directory
2. All submissions are excepted by the live directory (as long as they have different file names, usually anywhere from instantly to 1 days time)
3. Snap only indexes the title and description that you "give" them.
4. If you subtract the popularity factor from snap their live directly algo is pretty simple, A high keyword density in your title/description will start you off in a good spot to be found by users (then its up to clickthrus)
5. If your sites popular enough you will be moved to the main directory, In my experience it seems to take quite a while.