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All the sudden we are on page six and the top pages features sites like (a very big company), and other major marketeers with more money than brains, when it comes to operating a web based business.
It appears to me that the butler is now taking bribes, when it comes to non-sponsored listings.
[edited by: caine at 8:30 am (utc) on Aug. 12, 2003]
[edit reason] Specific use of a company name [/edit]
Get a clue Jeeves.
They have more than a clue. Those sponsored listings are Google AdWords.
However, the topic here is not about sponsored listings but about Paid Inclusion and whether or not there's an advantage.
Paul Gardi, SVP of Search for Ask Jeeves has consistently stated that there is no algorithmic advantage for PFI sites. The benefit of PFI is freshness. The advantage to freshness is that it allows you to fine tune your on-page data to see if it helps your ranking. :)
On the downside, Ask Jeeves' algo takes into account what link neighborhoods you are in, so PFI won't help you there. :(
Irrelevant links can hurt your rankings. On topic links, both inbound and out should help.
Another thing that may account for your slip in the rankings is that Ask Jeeves has dramatically increased the size of it's database from 350 million pages to 1.5 billion pages.
Please review this disucussion [webmasterworld.com] about Paul Gardi's assertion that their English language index is roughly equal to Google's.
Ask Jeeves has an important demographic that cannot be ignored by certain industries.
But then, I don't read women's media.
Women are the demographic often cited in regard to Ask Jeeves, a fact which probably originated with them. I have heard Paul Gardi repeat this statistic on three different occasions. I have to say that traffic from Jeeves to one of my more female oriented sites is pretty decent. But it's a new site and I'm looking forward to seeing if their demographic responds.