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My experience took on an interesting twist yet again. While all of this is interesting, I plan to gather my thoughts and experiences with this program together in a few days when I know Lycos has time to develop a thorough reply.
I cannot advocate the use of this program yet with a personal endorsement, but, if corrected, than it may be like the Teoma inclusion system set up with AJ. That is, something that may be effective, but not neccessarily well known or thought about until they can re-establsh themselves as "money" players in the game.
I selected the number of URLs I wanted to be indexed and pasted the selected URLs into the text box. Apparently you can select a number, type the base URL and let Lycos do the spidering. However, I like to be in control. ;)
Submitting that information Lycos apparently spidered the site anyway. The number of pages they reported was the correct number of pages when I leave out what's forbidden by my robots.txt - that's nice. (Note that I write spidered, I don't know what Lycos may have done outside of checking the links.)
Then they wanted my personal info. That was a real turn off. When I buy a service for my business I hate being forced to give a birth date. Living outside the US I'm pretty annoyed by systems that force me to name a state. In most cases I would have stopped at this point and maybe started looking for another reseller.
After payment, the customer page for the service indicated that although the site was spidered, no pages were indexed. However, 12 minutes later I received a mail from Lycos stating that the first indexing was completed. Revisiting my customer page confirmed that information.
That's the first impression. Now it's time to play with the new toy. :)
"Lycos Fee-Based Search Does Not Taint Rank"
Huh? Take a look at this paragraph
Web sites get guaranteed inclusion in the Lycos search index for $30 a year with full refreshing every 48 hours, but subscribers will not be ranked above non-paying sites and the most relevant findings will be displayed first, the company said today.
Come again? Unless I run a news site, why pay? I realize that you're allowed to tinker and -hopefully- boost your rank. But, as stated in the article cited, this means that this particular style of pfp is intended just for those that [A]are easily separated from their money and just want to "pay and get in... anywhere" or [B]plan to professionally optimize their pages.
For long-term pages, if you're [B], patient, and confident of your SEO skills I can see no reason to subscribe if the system is truly unbiased.
Heini mentioned that there might be other goodies, like keyword reporting ...then maybe. Naaaah!
They also have a couple of other options that end up being cheaper in the long run. For $279 per month ($3,348 per year) they will index up to 500 URLs ($6.70 per URL per year) or for $189 per month they will index 250 URLs.
I tested out the beta program and was somewhat pleased. The pages got into the index usually within 24 hours. Once they get the keyword reporting and click through tracking online it will be easier to determine if it is worth the money.