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#1. Yes. No. -> unless your site is targetting a niche which AJ/Teoma have a serious level of traffic for then i would suggest that inclusion dependant on budget must be your first concern. Remember there's adwords which top out on Teoma. Certainly the PFI has shown me how little traffic i actually get from teoma.
> How long does it take for the Teoma spider to come back to your site if you are not paying for inclusion?
#2. How long is a piece of string, certainly since they went PFI with PT and ineedhits, the update frequency has been near zero if not zero, for freebie inclusions. Hence a few months ago i thought the same as you, and added a load of urls, via the PFI to get the updated content in, did it have the effect of topping the ranks - yes. Did it provide any traffic for them url's and associated key terms, no. Your decision - refer to answer #1.
Note: Certainly as it stands Teoma is pretty much indsutry specific, due to its user base being predominantly women and children.
Ask has recently grown their index, presumably consisting of sites that were crawled in the first quarter of this year. There doesn't seem to have been any update activity for awhile- not that I can see. Ask has claimed to update the index on a bi-monthly basis (Ha!).
Part of the delay is attributed to their system of discerning "Subject-Specific Popularity" and organizing the web into communities- but I suspect they may need to raid their local Office Depot and invest in a couple more linux boxes.
I checked my status at ineedhits the other day, and my 2 sites were marked as "waiting for inclusion", or whatever phrase they actually use. Meanwhile, I had previously been in the ranks of "accepted". I wrote an e-mail and that bit has changed, but still no spider.
I'm feeling like I helped their bottom line, but they don't seem to be willing to help mine. Ask won't be in the next round of budgets.
So to answer this question:
Has anyone paid for inclusion? Was it worth it?No!
I'm beginning to wonder about the phrase Paid Inclusion. I am being told that my site is in the Teoma database. In fact it was in the database before my PFI. So if I'm paying to be included in a database that I already exist in, the bot gets a vacation?
I just want my pages spidered and indexed. All I get is, "You are in the index" Yes, and those are old pages that aren't even used anymore, in many instances. It wouldn't matter what page I put my ducks on if it doesn't get spidered.
Are they going to stop once they visit every page or are they going to keep that pace forever?
And I cannot find any pages in the search yet (except the front page) -- how long does it take to appear in the search results?