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1. ineedhits claims theirs is the only way to get listed in ask/teoma. is this true? doesn't positiontech do the same thing?
2. over the past months i've submitted my site to so many different se's i can't remember whom i paid, for what services, etc. before i shell out another few hundred bucks for ask/teoma, what is the quickest and most accurate way of checking that i haven't already paid them for inclusion?
How would that tell you who you paid, if you had made a payment at all? You can also check your bank statements - if you have those - for receipts, etc. I keep a file for all my business expenses, so I can always reference that.
If you have a bill from one company, it will say how much you paid & when. Then, you know 1) when you subscribed and 2) what company you paid.
After that, I would say analyse your log files! If you did any pay for inclusion, it has to make sense, in terms of ROI. Make sure you are getting your money's worth. If not, don't pay the same company more money.
However, when you get your accounts straightened out if you find that you got a lot of traffic and/or positive ROI on the PFI fees, you are all set - and you should probably continue with the same thing you've already been doing.
my main confusion was not related so much to whether i actually "paid" them, but whether or not i was already included in the db - which would by extension tell me that i shouldn't bother paying now.
so to get this straight in my own mind: if i do askjeeves search for www.mysite.com and get "Dash it, there are no results for: www.mysite.com", then obviously my website was not indexed by them and no user can find me by doing a search on any related terms... is this correct?
The program will then show listings in several search engines, as well as Ask Jeeves.
What Jeremy was saying is correct, if you put the url in the search term bar in teoma or AJ, and the listing does not show then you are not in.
Dependant on time and money > you can either go through the PFI or hunt down links to well ranked related sites already in the update cycle of teoma, and get in that way though patience is a virtue with this route.