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Small faq/information about FAST.



11:18 am on May 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Well I thought I might compile a short description of FAST (Nothing like Brett’s Google FAQ)
I know this post got a little strange, but whata heck.
REMEMBER the information might not be correct.

First official URL: [fastsearch.com...]
And [alltheweb.com...]
Name: Fast Search & Transfer ASA (FAST)

#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.

What is FAST’s Spider name?
fast-webcrawler/3.* (crawler@fast.no; [fast.no...]

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.

Torben Lundsgaard

11:25 am on May 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Nice :)


12:50 pm on May 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

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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 :)


6:22 pm on May 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Hey Laz, great summary.

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".


6:34 pm on May 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

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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 (your), and then do a search with a blank field in the search field.


9:02 am on May 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

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>...how many pages FAST has indexed from my site?

Thanks lazerzubb, I was trying to figure that out


9:50 am on May 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member heini is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Guess I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but Alltheweb offers the best advanced search on the web. It's not only fun to play with it also offers very helpful features for optimizing purposes.
It has been observed regularly, even in the Google forum that Alltheweb gives you a much more complete list of inbound links than Google.
It's also very handy for checking out competition.

The whole advanced search is fully customizable. For a start I recommend reading through the help on
basic search [alltheweb.com]
advanced search [alltheweb.com]


9:56 am on May 28, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Yes i totally agree with you Heini, the advanced page is far better than anyone else out there.
I just love the domain filter, it gives you so much valuable information if you want really specific information, just an example if your looking for something at university's in the US, just enter .edu in the "only include" and you will only see results from .edu domains.
So i do recommend it very much too.


5:36 pm on Sep 10, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Hej Laz, :)
Great post! Do you have any updates since May. I just don't seem to be able to make any sence out of this one!?! Someone please turn on the lights I feel like I'm walking in the dark.:(
Over here [webmasterworld.com] martinibuster says:
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?

Please help.


12:06 pm on Sep 13, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Timona Hej du :)

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.


8:05 pm on Sep 13, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Tack Laz, (means Thanks) :)

Please keep us posted if you find any clues that can help us solve the mysteries of FAST.


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