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"Guaranteed site re-indexing — FAST PartnerSite™ customers’ sites are re-indexed daily to ensure the most up-to-date web search results"
"Search results information – Site owners will receive important information on how well they achieved their visibility objectives so they can fine-tune their Web site to be more attractive to their target user base."
Looks like we're out of a job...
"Further, Webmasters and marketing professionals will know when their site’s been located, which is another key benefit to PartnerSite™,” added Fisher. “We’ll provide reporting and keyword tracking tools.” "
Still, at least wpg won't be clogging up their servers.
I was wondering if they are going to take our sites off, bump us down the list or even ban the sites/url. One more idea, how are they going to let us know when we have been located. These are all good ideas, but I would like to see how it all pans out.
This piece succinctly encapsulates the debate that has raged since the VC entered Search with dollar signs in their eyes and left remaining staff and us to pick up the pieces. Sullivan neatly highlights the dilemma paid placement poses engine and portal owners: short-term liquidity or their audience. He injects reason into what is most often a vitriolic, absolutist standoff, i.e. only engines and directories not using a pay-to-play model can be of use to searchers. Danny's well-reasoned point is that a modicum of both appears to serve the engines, directories, searchers, and the searched equally well.
Albeit of the standard we've come to take for granted from Sullivan, this piece does not adequately explain Inktomi's Mir-like fall to earth. Inktomi does not push payees up the ladder and those not coughing up still stand a good chance of ranking well on engines it serves. Yet, Inktomi is imploding like every other short-sighted, dollar-driven engine this side of the fire wall.
Fast could be following AltaVista (not in the way many skeptics might think). AV's European (non-US) sites are clean, lean, local-market driven and language specific. If, with their push into the corporate solutions market, AV holds off on cluttering global sites with various types of promised advertising, i.e. banners, pop-ups and the like, keyword targeting, intercepts, and multimedia searches (leaving the muck to the US market), we could see it picking up in the medium term.
Fast is probably using a similar strategy. As JonB points out in another thread, "...they automatically serve you with the page depending where you come from? thats cool!" and with Google opening .ca, the concept of regional search with "concept" rather than "technology" transfers derived from corporate experience appears to be the trend at the moment. It's a good one. Search has been carved up before - rotating serps are nothing new. Carving up the Web offers greater flexibility. The problem is to what extent and to where they intend targeting the generic cash-generating rubbish - if it is indeed rubbish.
(A consistently under-weighted factor in discussing the future of Search is the phenomenal growth on the non-North American Web-using public. It has to be borne in mind when examining the often apparently bizarre moves made by the engines.)
Either way, even if they're doing the middle-of-the-road Google / Inktomi thing a la AV, Fast is walking a highwire without a safety net. Is the European / Australasian market large enough and insular enough to sustain it, and do they have a sufficiently unquestioning user base (like Google), a loyal following (like AV), or are they running on empty (Inktomi)? My feeling - if they're going for a variant of pay-for-position - is that they're investing offshore a tad too soon.
In search, as in most things, we can be sure of only one thing. Change is the enduring constant and Fast are not fighting shy of it. It's just a pity that this development comes on the heels of what appears to be duplicitous doublespeak on the part of a Fast spokesman eulogized for his openness and spontaneous participation in these forums.
Totally agree. I've been getting new sites indexed within 4-5 days after submission. They spider the site about 1-2 days after submission. Follow all the links off the root index page and then list the site 2 or 3 days later.
"Guaranteed inclusion in the FAST Web Search index — Member sites are fully integrated with the FAST Web Search index"
The difference between this introduction and the Inktomi situation is that when Inktomi introduced PfP, their crawling was pretty abysmal anyway so people were willing to pay for better indexing. FAST has excellent spidering (although I don't think many sites get indexed on a daily basis at the moment,) so perhaps the need for this program isn't as obvious as the Inktomi move.
But... Many people reported pages being dropped out of the Ink index when they introduced PfP. Of course FAST can't afford to be as arrogant as INK as it doesn't have the traffic pull that INK had that made it an essential inclusion. But, if the indexing does drop off...
Note how they describing most search engine indexing as typical search engines take as long as 45 days to update their listings [fastsearch.com]
Some excellent points above as well. PFP is far far too early for FAST... a big error of judgement. Before pulling a stunt like that they would have been far better off establishing themselves as a really MAJOR force in the SE world.
I fear another AV coming on... grab cash now, forget next week. Same consequence... goodbye FAST in the longer term.
Depressing really... let's just watch out for the next, emerging AV/FAST..... it will surely come as these sell out on what searchers are actually looking for: honest results based upon relevency only.
I agree with you, Fast is one of the most important for international business and the Europian market.
“As the Internet continues to grow, it is becoming more and more difficult for small and medium sized enterprises to be visible to their target users online.” This statement makes it sound they are targeting Mom and Pop business. It does not seem to make sence to me that if Fast is going to target the small to mid sized business, when you know that the large corporations and businesses with the most money will get the listings. That is what I have been thinking about more so than the US market.
While this seems to bear out what we were saying at Fast Search: Now a major player? [webmasterworld.com], it also shows FAST is looking to have its bread buttered on both sides.
"This is where, in the chase for the filthy lucre, the enterprise will always win out. The Web searcher will remain a guinea pig for experimentation and will either benefit from developing technologies or will, as has been the case for years now, be left in the lurch with outdated databases, meaningless search results, and trite public relations releases. It is a morass from which there is no escape. It is ‘how things are done’. It is our lot..."
As I've held Fast in high regard, the above comes across as a bit cynical. Nevertheless, the gist of it is borne out in Fast being better positioned than other large players to exploit a burgeoning global market looking for enterprise solutions while carrying on its former role as the engine keeping Google honest.
And this why FAST CTO John M. Lervik's following statement about their decision to go pay-to-play is so disheartening. "As the Internet continues to grow, it is becoming more and more difficult for small and medium sized enterprises to be visible to their target users online. When you consider that searching is the second most popular Internet application to e-mail and that a majority of e-commerce transactions originate with a search listing, visibility becomes paramount for business success."
You can't get much more cynical than that. It means exactly nothing. The nut of the whole thing is that "...the seriousness with which search providers focus on search might be seen as inversely proportional to their commitment to corporate solutions."
Good luck to FAST. They've given us great value. We can only wish them well with IBM and PartnerSite.