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Excellent spot there though Esset... I wonder if you will score your hat-trick in another 4 months (or whenever)?
I've tried their Lycos PFI program and got dismal results. I doubt they are making much money on it and failing to update their general index is probably causing them a lot of harm.
As one can surmise from the Inktomi PFI program, if you've got a lot of traffic the PFI program can increase short term revenues at the risk of a long term disaster.
I have one small site that just showed up in the Fast index after waiting about six months, not that it matters much because of the very small amount of traffic I expect from Fast/Alltheweb/Lycos. Some other new sites are still waiting.
Yes. And they are on Lycos too. I was shocked. My main site had totally disappeared from FAST for 4 - 6 months. I had given up. So this morning I was stunned to see some hits from Lycos of all places. Good placement too.
This was a very pleasant surprise. Made my month. :)
It's random results are bad enough but even though I get a #1 listing on terms that would be good for 40 clicks a day from Google, I get a couple a month from FAST. I wouldn't pay any attention to them except these scary rumors keep surfacing that they may partner with somebody who does matter.
Traffic from listings in FAST comes from their portal partners and is more a factor in Europe.
You might take a look here to see where Fast's db is in use:
For a more graphical impression of Fast's importance see here
While no one source will bring in huge amounts, if you start adding in all those metasearch hits plus Lycos it does start adding up.
This is a very good update.