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5:50 pm on Jul 28, 2001 (gmt 0)

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How likely is it to improve your Looksmart description with an appeal? Is there a risk that they can make it even worse?

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1:36 am on July 29, 2001 (gmt 0)

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It is likely, if you use the correct arguement.

Do not say "I want to change my description because it doesn't have enough keywords and I won't come up on any searches."

Honestly, they don't care.

If your description is technically incorrect, AND COULD BE CONFUSING TO SEARCHERS, then you have a shot.

Another thread on this [webmasterworld.com]

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1:43 pm on July 30, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Try to phone them.
Sometimes the only way to have the requested title and description is to pay the submission another time.
6:43 pm on July 30, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I have had very good experiences contacting Looksmart when asking for legitimate changes to my descriptions. Sometimes they have replied to my emails within 5 minutes. The change does need to be for a good reason though. As grnidone said, they don't care how many keywords are in your description but if the description is way off they will usually give your request the proper consideration.
3:54 pm on July 31, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Sadly, now that they are offering "Express Modify," I would be surprised if appeals not accompanied by $199.00 get much action.
1:30 pm on Aug 1, 2001 (gmt 0)

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My last two description appeals have been accepted, and the description i wrote, i got published.

To back up and also once again thank grnidone, grammer is critical, the searcher should be the important aspect of your argument, and the accuracy of their directory to the searcher is the a very close second.

1:52 pm on Aug 1, 2001 (gmt 0)

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>...grammer is critical...

So is spelling. :)

3:16 pm on Aug 2, 2001 (gmt 0)

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This is one of the main problems with LS. If the editor does not use a keyword in the description or title, then customers will NOT find your site. This is easy to understand but LS refuses to create a policy of incoporating this into their system. Even though they are getting 40 percent of revenue from listings, they are driving off customers and creating a directory that is useless. I had planned on spending tens of thousands of dollars with LS, but gave up after only spending a few thousand because of this problem.
LS can say they have a quality directory, but it's what companies and people do not what they say that counts.

So the bottom line is, that if your listing is accurate but does not include any keywords your customers might use to find it, you stuck.

10:09 pm on Aug 2, 2001 (gmt 0)

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>...."you are stuck"

With the Looksmart, yes.

However, I believe you can cut your losses to the spidering engines Looksmart feeds by submitting urls with keywords.

Since you cannot guarantee that a Looksmart editor will give you the ideal description, the only thing you *can* control is the url.

Therefore, a url that is:

[site.com...]

might actually give you a shot with the spidering engines that Looksmart feeds: AltaVista, Excite and Inktomi to name a few.

-G