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Fast places no particular weight on any TLD - it's their partners (Lycos etc.) that can choose to filter on a ccTLD. Fx. is Lycos.de fond of .de etc.
>Is Fast really important
You bet. Espcially here in Scandinavia where they power all the major portals in 4 countries. In the US however I think it is minimal what you get from them/Lycos.
My four totally unrelated sites (with individual IP's) were dropped from Fast in Mars. The only thing in common with these sites is the server. I can't see any other reason for this penalty than that someone else on the shared server has broken their rules.
It has been mentioned here, that Fast has exellent customer support. I have written to them several times - no answers!
As Rumbas write, Fast is important in Europe and especially in Scandinavia. My english site got only a couple of occasional daily visitors, but finnish and swedish sites got some nice traffic from SE's powered by them.
Anyway, the point with this message is that to me it looks as if Fast had some kind of server penalty! Why would they? What do you think?
A site which has a .co.uk and .com and pointing to the same site. I pay the Fast PFI for a page using the .co.uk and a page using the .com which were virtually the same content wise. Therefore, hoping to be ranked in Fast and partners following a search which is country specific (the .co.uk page) and 'worldwide) (the .com page)?
We lost a lot of pages, but that had to do with an update of the PartnerSite-program. (New index through a new crawler, which only has a look on PartnerSite-pages.)
Now we are back again (okay, we paid for it, that may be the reason...;-) ), but I assume that this reindexing only happened to their partners.
Any other experiences?
The number of links has either stayed the same or increased slightly in all of the other SEs. So in reality, I believe this drop is more likely attributable to fluctuations in the number of sites FAST lists in their database rather than a decrese in links to my site. I suspect the FAST database is very volatile and listings get both added and dropped at a different pace compared to other SEs.
[edited by: Jane_Doe at 4:59 pm (utc) on Oct. 9, 2002]
Are you back in the index again? - oLeon
Strange, but many of my other pages from my domain appear to have maintained there presence in Fast SERPs, but my index page continues to be absent. If I search for: www.my_domain.com the index page shows, but for my strong KW, it's nowhere - at least not in the first 50 SERPs. Prior to their last update, my index page was in the top 3 or 4 listings on page 1 for most of my KW/phrases.