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Is anyone else is stumped, hopefully we can put our heads together on this one. I have a few issues I would like to discuss with others. Please come on in:)
One of the main advantages in paying will mean 48hr crawls so you can tweak away until you get key words ranking well
Thanks Tigger, and sorry for being like an inquisitive child but your input is greatly valued by me thanks:)
I get a good return from MSN so a good listings should pull in traffic, after all it's the only alternative to google
Pay Looksmart for a directory listing
Use Overture for competitive terms, that Ink pages will be lost on
Use Inktomi for less competitive terms that you stand a chance of getting your results in the top ten
Our biggest increase came when we did 2 things:
1) We submitted 10 optimized pages to Ink
2) We asked Looksmart to rewrite our listing. Oddly enough they know how to write them.
MSN is now getting us some really nice traffic.
We use looksmart for only our main page, with keywords and a budget. We use Ink for our backfill. I can tell you Ink never got past our first page until we paid for it. Or perhaps they did, but just maybe it is taken more serious when it is paid for.
Thanks guys you have been a great help. I would still like to see others opinions.
Thanks for the input:)
There is a back-door into MSN and Looksmart. Don't pay Looksmart's fee - you don't need to!
Have you tried submiting to Zeal.com? I launched my site on March 10, submitted to Zeal the same day and was listed within 24 hours. MSN had my site listed in the #1 spot within 72 hours. Looksmart listed me at #1 the next day. I now have multiple keywords ranked in the top 10 in Zeal, MSN and Looksmart.
You can submit for free to Zeal, but there is a test you have to pass (I'm not kidding). It is not a difficult test, but it might take you a few tries to pass. Check out the Zeal.com website for the guidelines.
This is a legitimate submission method - no tricks.
Good luck with your site!
Overture is good fill for the holes or while waiting to be indexed and a good backup to really push traffic in hard times.
Looksmart is agreeably a pain in the ***, but good to put up main pages.
And Inktomi, well now is the real meat of the matter. For a time the importance of Ink has been debated, but has proven itself with renewed deals with MSN and partner sites. Well optimized pages in the backfill (second and third level pages) work well. I know as we once had our sites in Inktomi and Looksmart, and let it fall out to see what would happen ... sure thing we got eaten up and spit out. Now repeating strategy as above and very positive this is the key. Just watch out to get all data in Looksmart correct first time through, because those fees get hefty when making changes.
Hope this helps reinforce the general consensus, which I think I have reiterated.
Well yet another problem of mine solved here. This forum is the best place on the net by leaps and bounds;)
Thanks for the input
Inktomi is very, very, very important. It is well worth the money to include every level of pages as well as the index too. I have seen under some terms different pages on the same root show up in 1st SERPs. Good Stuff . . . very, very, very important.