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I received an email from Infospider today, regarding our existing PFI account with them. The "jist" of the email is:
AltaVista's Paid Inclusion Program has Changed. A New sign-up is necessary for existing AV express inclusion customers to become Overture Site Match members!
NOTE: YOUR ALTAVISTA MEMBERSHIP DOES NOT TRANSFER OVER TO THE NEW OVERTURE SITE MATCH PROGRAM. YOU MUST SIGN-UP YOUR URLs TO THE NEW OVERTURE SITE MATCH PROGRAM. GO TO [infospider.com...] TO BECOME A SITE MATCH MEMBER.
infoSpider is pleased to announce a new program! infoSpider has partnered with Overture to offer you the new Overture Site Match program. Site Match will expand your reach far beyond AltaVista's search results.
So, with the above said, I would assume the A.V. PFI just became a bit more valuable, and another way of looking at it, Yahoo is finding ways to utilize and squeeze money out of their recently purchased A.V. engine.
Also, what does this mean to Inktomi PFI? I know Yahoo has said that Inktomi PFI won't be included in Yahoo, but why would Yahoo include A.V. PFI? Just doesn't seem to make sense. Maybe they have more PFI customers for A.V. than Inktomi.
Would love to hear your thoughts on this. Quite a few of my A.V. PFI URLs have expired and I wasn't going to renew them until I heard this. Over the past few years, A.V. PFI has performed "good" for me, not great, and definitely not bad.
Have a great day from snowy Idaho...
Prior to MSN and Yahoo breaking away from Google, I had great listings in all three engines. The day that Yahoo and MSN broke away (around February 15th) I lost all my listing in both of these engines...I wasn't even in their index anylonger.
So, I went into Inktomi and paid the $39 inclusion fee. This guaranteed my URL to be indexed in MSN and the Inktomi partners for the next year. I was also to receive a free 60 day inclusion into the Yahoo index.
Approxiately 10 days after I paid the inclusion fee (it was suppose to be 24-48 hours) My site was indexed in MSN and then Yahoo. Then two days following that, I was not in the MSN index any longer.
After emailing Trellian several times to find out what happened to my site in MSN, I get answers like..."did you type the full URL into the address bar" Typical run-around stuff.
Then yesterday, I am told that my site has been included in the "site match" program.
This is not what I signed up for or paid for. The agreement at the time when I paid my 39 dollars is that my site would be indexed into the MSN search engine and all the Inktomi partners, plus the free 60 day trial in the Yahoo index.
I can see them doing this to people who have signed up after the site match was launched, but not before.
What should I do?