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What strikes me as funny here is I had the suspicion Hotbot would at some point just got shut down.
Actually changing partners now doesn't necessarily support that theory.
Wow - when was the last time I saw Hotbot in my referrals....
To change the subject slightly, anyone know when Yahoo are renewing ( or not) the Google contract?
Is this not unusual in that 'most' engines announce this kind of transition, especially after the FTC recommendations concerning informing the general public being informed of where listings come from?
Actually, look through the forums, and we'll all expecting FAST to launch the same type of problematic program as INK: XML based PPC.
However, perhaps if they can continue to acquire new places to show their real results, they will be less eager to jump on the bandwagon of the most recent ship to begin sinking fast? (INK started the whole mess, anyway).
My expectation is to see Hotbot.com follow suit. Using INK anymore, anywhere, doesn't make any sense AT ALL.
XML feed...well that is a dangerous route to take. I don't expect anyhow any of the major engines not going there, with the possible exception of Google.
I've just checked out keyphrases in HotBot.co.uk where I had straight No.1's and am finding the same spam page from the same site with no relevance whatsoever to the phrase!
There is some kind of 'tracker' looking description - just code and nonsense. I sincerely hope this is just some kind of beta error.
I am personally still finding Fast a difficult nut to crack, so no joy from me in this change!