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But if you try typing in the URL of Google's biggest PPC competitor (hint: starts with an 'O') you'll just get a "No Results Found".
Surely this is intenional -- as it works just fine for every other URL.
Don't you think that having your competitors bot crawling all over your website is a bit creepy?
Not really. Obviously anything that could be found on their site by Google's robot could easily be found by a human at Google scanning the site.
Lots of people type URL's into the search box so Overture is risking loss of customers with this tactic. I'm sure they have a valid reason for doing it, I just can't think of what that might be.
Personally, I'd be curious as to how Overture made it into the Yahoo results when robots are being banned.
Maybe they signed up for Site Match! ;)
BTW, didn't Overture used to be called "goto.com"? Do a search for Overture on Yahoo and the #6 result is for Goto.com, but they're description is a knock on Yahoo.