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Welcome to WebmasterWorld. Here is a good place to get general infos about Lycos.
I used the "site search" feature ( top menu ) to query for "Lycos algo" there is a whole lot more info about it in other links it found.
Pages titles and first lines of text are good for the internal part. They also use Direct Hit for off page factors. Lycos does not crop results under a domain name, it can be scary when you have all top 10 positions.
The more competitive your keyword is the more it will be influenced by Direct Hit.
The best piece of advice on the page Macguru pointed you to right now is this:
Your best course of action with Lycos is to follow the standard methods of page design and optimization
Lycos.com has just changed the way serps are built. I do not see any directhit influences anymore. Apart from sponsored links at the top and an occasional top result from the lycos network itīs standard alltheweb. Linkpopularity and good onpage optimization is the key to good ranking.
>pay for spidering with lycos.de
The PartnerSite beta still is not available for European sites. The announcement was European beta would be started via Lycos.de. But I can assure you - nothing has happened so far.
If you rank well and aren't getting any hits, then perhaps you haven't chosen search targets that are searched often, or haven't target a large enough bunch of less frequently searched targets.
(edited by: Robert_Charlton at 7:55 pm (gmt) on Nov. 4, 2001)