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I posted something about this on the PFI board but I didn't get a definitive response and since AskJeeves Guy is hanging around I thought I'd try here.
I'm looking at paying to get a few of my sites listed but if I follow the the link on the UK site (http://askjeeves.positiontech.com/) the price is £40 / £25.
If I follow the link on the .com site (http://www.positiontech.com/directSubmit.htm) the $ price is a lot lower, $30 / $18.
My question is does it make any difference if I submit my UK targetted sites via the US site? Or am I forced to pay a higher price to get my sites listed?
Maybe AskJeeves Guy could clarify the situation?
Though clarification on this point from JeevesGuy would be nice
Certainly one thing too take into account is the exposure worldwide the site will have, in the .com version, and hence will it be welcome?
The sites are pretty much all .co.uk so I'm guessing this won't be a problem.
I did email position tech support for an answer and they replied "If you want just UK and Irish traffic then you are best submitting to the UK site."
When I asked why the cost was double via the UK link for essentially the same service the reply was, "The costs associated with doing business do vary from country to country hence the pricing differential. This pricing has been set by Ask Jeeves not Position Technologies."
Fair enough, but it would be nice to hear from Jeeves Guy to clarify the situation once and for all.
The submission of urls to either site assures that the url will contend for inclusion in the results on that site. If you submit through the Ask.com site using INeedHits your url will contend for ranking in results on www.ask.com and on the US sites to whom we distribute results. If you submit through the Ask.co.uk site using PositionTech, your url will contend for ranking in results on www.ask.co.uk. This is restated in the FAQs on the UK site at: [askjeeves.positiontech.com...] .
As you have noted, the pricing is different for the two markets, reflecting both costs and market pricing.
Please don't hesitate to use the Contact Us information on either the US or UK page to provide feedback, or if you have a specific question, to which you would like us to reply.
I submitted another URL last week via INEEDHITS, but it
only shows up on ASK.COM, not on ASK.CO.UK.
So it seems to me Askjeeves is trying to get the PFI
fee twice for those of us who want UK & US markets.
this is certainly nothing new, yahoo have been doing this for years, charging both for the regionals and the big .com, as independant entities.
AJ, and its PFI, is relatively new, and hence they will still be working on the finer details of the program in respect of the regionals, and the US version.