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I have just been checking a few things out on Fast and when checking backward links quite a few results from other search engine queries were appearing in the SERPs. Now I wouldn't be surprised about SEs indexing directories, but these are keyword generated.
I have never submitted any SERPs to any SE but results were appearing from google, yahoogle, AV and Lycos. I was wondering how they might have got there - surely someone must have submitted them.
by "webcrawler army" are referring to a human army or Fast's spider. I can only imagine it would be human - it would be a bit of a worry if their spider is now clever enough to do keyword searches!
It would make sense because the submitted SERPs appear to be in clusters relevant to a theme, the reviewer could have been searching on this theme with variations of similar keywords and adding the SERPs.
Seems like a very strange strategy.
I too have seen a fair amount of this in Fast, but I don't recall seeing any from Google. Most major engines exclude their search directory from crawlers. And even if you ignore Google's robot.txt and try to crawl their SERPS, you get back blank pages. (at least that's what I've heard. I'd never consider trying such a thing myself).:)