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My sites come back in results when I search for the url so I know they are in the database. Do I have to pay for inclusion to be ranked in results?
Am I alone on this? Help is appreciated.
I want to like FAST, believe me, but I call it like I see them. I could list a lot of things that aren't working right. If I do an advanced search using the domain filter on some sites, they don't show up. Then do a regular search for the the business, and the index page shows up. That's just one example. It doesn't matter what we call it, bug or not, but it doesn't seem to be working right.
By the way, I did a paid inclusion on Lycos, and those are the only few pages FAST has picked up apparently. Maybe they're waiting for me to pay for the rest, but I certainly won't right now.
I can't help but believe that paying does boost ranking, although search engines might not admit that - instead they might suggest that the content is fresher (because it gets crawled more regularly) and therefore that helps with the overall boosting within the algorithm.
Although our site is listed in Jupiter Media Metrix, we have never had great success in getting all our urls into the main search databases unless we paid through PFI. We did all the conventional things when we launched just over a year ago. Bought the Yahoo and Looksmart listings and employed a SEO. But we could never get ODP to take our listing. So most of our success has quite frankly been through Overture.
With Inktomi, we experienced something very similar. Right after submitting 100+ urls, we often found ourself in the top 5 for relevant search queries on MSN (Where Looksmart does not have listings to put on top of Inktomi).
For my most important keyword phrase my home page ranks #9 on both Google and Fast/AllTheWeb. However, the rest of my site is also listed in Google, whereas none of the rest of my site is listed in Fast. On top of this the referals for my home page on Fast are a tiny fraction of those on my home page from Google.
Why should I spend any energy on Fast/AllTheWeb?
I also question this claim of the largest listings.
Fast looks at your site differently than google. Dependant on how long your site has been in fast, and how it is linked within, and in and out, determines the importance of the page that you refer too, it would seem in this case that its weighted heavily in regards to the rest of your pages, if no other pages are coming up on keyterms or it has not been in fasts database long enough for the rest of the site, to be in the public db!
> Why should I spend any energy on Fast/AllTheWeb?
fair question, because it has a large use by Europeans, and it feeds lycos and subsiduaries. Drill down previous threads in this forum, and you will see who Fast/AllTheWeb, feed, i am sure that will give you reason enough.
> I also question this claim of the largest listings.
why ?, i can't see any reason to disbelieve them, they have been pushing for the 2bn mark for a while, now they have done it.
Anyway - do some benchmark searches, and compare between the two.
You'll always find examples where FAST has less pages than Google and vice versa, but from the comparisons I've made so far I can surely say they are in the same area.
Why not find out how many pages from WmW are in Google, how many in FAST? I got 2.700 G., 6.000 F.
Don't get me wrong, it's not like I am not interested in Fast, it's just that there seems nothing that I can do. My site has been fully spidered three times since Feb. I've tried to SEO the site the best I can, keeping themes in mind, but then I look at my competition and most don't seem to have a clue what SEO is, and there they are higher in the rankings than me.
Axacta, why not look at your compititions links to other relevant sites within Fasts own db, rather than hunting down high PR linked sites, i think alot of individuals, do not do this as they think PR is king, but only in google's world, hence if you are going for a one-size-fits-all, then thinking about high ranking sites in all SE's would be something to investigate, if you have not already.