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How to get into the new Hotbot/Lycos?

     
12:00 pm on May 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

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HotBot used to be an easy one to get ranked highly in. Now I can't even figure out how to get in there!

Anyone know what's going on over there?

12:13 pm on May 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

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It uses inktomi data for the search and odp for the directory. Ranking high on inktomi is not such an easy task.
12:13 pm on May 30, 2002 (gmt 0)

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The only sure way into Inktomi is by their Pay For Spidering scheme with PositionTech.

Lots more information on Ink on the threads here:
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7:43 am on May 31, 2002 (gmt 0)

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HotBot is scheduled for a complete revamp this summer. I expect that it will go the way of all Lycos' sites and have FAST results.
11:15 am on May 31, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Hi cohwill,

Welcome to the forums. :)

Do you have any more information on that Hotbot revamp?

3:22 pm on May 31, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Brad,

Let me dig it up. I seem to recall it was in an article about Lycos joining with FAST.

The HotBot submit URL is gone.

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The information on HotBot is in an article in Search Engine Watch titled: "Goodbye HotBot Add URL, Hello FAST?" by Danny Sullivan (March 18, 2002).

Tom Wilde, general manager of search services for Lycos, states that the HotBot submit will be enhanced, and the relaunch of HotBot will be this summer.

Danny believes that this means that HotBot will switch over to using results from FAST, something that I concur with.

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BTW, you can also get into Inktomi through ineedhits.com
4:20 pm on May 31, 2002 (gmt 0)

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>that HotBot will switch over to using results from FAST

The problem I see with Hotbot using FAST is trying to distinguish itself from Lycos SE. I can't see the point of two clones owned by the same company. Seems like they will be competing against themselves. I could be wrong on that.

Thanks for the reference. We will have something to watch out for this Summer. :)