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#1 Question I would guess people would like to know is:
How do you optimize for FAST?
There is always the number 1 rule, good content, but hopefully you know the basic.
FAST seems to present there serp’s almost as Inktomi does, so there algo must be similar.
It doesn’t look like FAST puts a lot of weight on the domain name, almost nothing IMO.
I haven’t been able to achieve a good ranking when I have mixed up language on a page.
For example if I have an index page, with an English description but also an Italian one.
Please tell me if you have succeeded with this.
Also according to FAST they don’t use DMOZ data for ranking purpose, they use it to categorize the results, it gives the user a good overview.
Also include Meta tags, but don’t think they will give you that top ranking.
FAST uses Meta tags very little in there algo.
2# how often do they update their Index.
The last I heard (4 weeks ago) was that they Update 25% of the index every week.
So when 1 month has gone they should have updated the entire index.
They also update sites which changes it’s content more often.
Also popular sites are updated more often.
FAST’s spider can crawl up to 150 million pages a day.
When Q2 ends FAST should have 2 Billion pages indexed.
FAST gets about 50 Million queries each day and increasing.
40 Million of the queries is pure web searches.
The rest if Multimedia searches etc.
Alltheweb.com gets about 2 million queries each day.
Now comes the part were I tried to do a small FAQ like Brett did for Google even thou
that wasn’t a small one (this one isn’t near in quality).
I heard FAST techs post here?
Yes it happens.
Where did FAST start?
FAST started 1997 in Norway.
Today John M. Lervik, Ph.D., serves as the Chief Executive Officer and is a co-founder of FAST.
Who founded FAST?
John M. Lervik
Who is using FAST results?
A long list can be viewed here
How do I provide a "site search" for my visitors using FAST?
At this moment FAST doesn’t offer anything like this for free.
They do offer this service at
If you would like to add a search box to your site, you can find more information here
Where can I find more information about FAST’s paid for inclusion program?
This topic have been discussed many times here at WebmasterWorld
Lycos acts as a reseller of the program
How many people work at FAST?
170 (October 2001)
How do I find how many pages FAST has indexed from my site?
Enter the Advanced search page (http://www.alltheweb.com/advanced)
Under “Domain Filters” enter the url, and then do a search.
How do I restrict a search to .org or .net domains on FAST?
Under “Domain Filters” at the advanced search page, enter .org for .org domains, and .net for .net domains.
How do I get my site listed in FAST?
FAST offers a “add url” page at
(Unofficial: get some inbound links to your site and hopefully it will appear in the index)
Does it help to submit sub-pages to FAST?
Not really, FAST is known for having a very aggressive spider, so it should do just to submit the index page.
How do I report Spam results?
Read [alltheweb.com...] and see if the site/page fits to the description. According to FAST they have a team only to handle Spam.
Will FAST start to include other file extensions in there websearch?
FAST have started to include .pdf files at Alltheweb.com that means that all there
Websearch partners also can include this in there search.
FAST might start to include office documents in Q3/Q4.
Does FAST use PPC links at Alltheweb?
Yes they show PPC listings, Overture for US, and Espotting for Europeans.
Is it true that I can buy FAST stocks?
Yes to can buy FAST stocks, but they are only available at the Norwegian stock market.
Stock Quote: [fastsearch.com...]
Hope you enjoy the info.
Very good job ;)
I noticed FAST & INK have started using the contents of the page in their SERPS instead of the meta description that used to show up more frequently.
Of course INK is showing more ODP descriptions now - but that's for another thread :)
To the point, how one can find out how many pages FAST has indexed from a site, it may be added that fast is very good for finding out about inbound links of a site by using the advanced search and typing the URL both in a field with "must include in the link to URL" and "must not include in the URL".
BUT, there is also a randomizing factor in the algo that throws in a result that is related on theme but without the keywords anywhere on the page,title,etc.Can anyone shed some light on this? That is has any one else experienced this, or knows any more about it?
I find it very hard to understand how FAST ranks there results, they never have a stable index, and it looks like they change their algo every day.
What Martinbuster saw i think was just some temporary glitch, or they had an old cache of the page.
They use snippets most of the time now, but it can be that they find the term on the page even though it's not mentioned in the Meta tags that they show.