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But any SE that factors in popularity has this advantage for the sites that are first listed. That's one of the reasons we urge everyone to stay ahead of the curve by working with any promising new engine that comes along.
The tough part is determining which SE is promising. The vast majority are just plain cheesy.
About not being able to go back, I hit a site the other day, that once I clicked on thier link, all the sudden, there was no back link, they simply closed the window I was in and opened another. That peeved me. So you think they did that to gain CLICK popularity (thanks for the clarification)
Forget Ink - get into DH through FAST/AllTheWeb. That click counter on Lycos also tallies them up for Lyco's Fast listings (and also sympatico.ca). You get into Lycos through Fast and then ultimately into DH and show up on AskJeeves - money.