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11:26 pm on Feb 1, 2001 (gmt 0)

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[searchenginewatch.com...]

I was updating my "SE ALLIANCES" chart just to make sure I'm current with this. What I had previously used was the chart posted in Searchenginewatch, but that hasn't been updated with the recent developments.
I made a few changes to it for my own records and I just wanted to make sure that I'm not missing anything.

Most of the chart is still accurate but I made the following changes:

Altavista: Deleted DMOZ, added GoTo
AOL: Added GoTo
Direct Hit: Added GoTo
Hotbot: Added GoTo
Go: R.I.P
Google: powers web pages for Yahoo
Lycos: Added GoTo
GoTo: Powers Hotbot, Altavista, AOL, DirectHit, Ask Jeeves, Lycos, and Netscape.

For this list I was primarily concernced with the main Search Engines and Directories (IMHO: Yahoo, NBCi, DMOZ, Northern Light, Netscape, MSN, Lycos, Looksmart, GoTo, Google, Iwon, Inktomi, HotBot, Fast, Excite, Direct Hit, AOL, Altavista, Ask Jeeves).

Note: This is primarily focused on US engines.

Input would be highly appreciated.

Thanks!
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6:35 pm on Feb 2, 2001 (gmt 0)

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If thats true, it would mean DMOZ/ODP is almost useless now.

It still powders a few local directories, but none of the big ones use it any more.

Goodbye ODP, *sniff*

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8:43 pm on Feb 2, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Where do GoTo results appear on AV? I know they replaced ODP with LookSmart, but I haven't noticed GoTo. Maybe I'm just searching for the wrong stuff?
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"Where do GoTo results appear on AV?"

They list the top3 goto results in green after the first 10 AV results......

9:00 pm on Feb 2, 2001 (gmt 0)

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AV also offers a link at the bottom for "more sponsored listings". It gives page after page from GoTo, right up to the end of the paid listings.
9:07 pm on Feb 2, 2001 (gmt 0)

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skirril I think you forgot AOL...AOL uses DMOZ for its main results...and as we know AOL is huge and a tremendous source of referrals.

hhmmmm...Personally, I don't think DMOZ is going anywhere because it's a top notch directory with great content and volunteers...AND...it is FREE for companies to use. SO that in itself guarantees its survival (if it remains free).

What I was wondering about is, how can other companies make money off DMOZ (to ensure DMOZ's continued prominence)? Maybe DMOZ will become a Paid Directory, with Paid submissions? That could be a mess though, what with the volunteer editors. Yet DMOZ has the name, structure and the content. Any thoughts as to DMOZ's future?

<edit>fixed typo</edit>

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If I remember correctly, ODP affects rankings in both Fast and Google in a big way and there is one or more threads about that right here at WmW, which I can't find right now. Skirril should wipe his tears and look for them for us (as punishment for being so wimpish.) My impression is that being in ODP is more important now than ever.
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I can only confirm re Google. My current site popped from nowhere into numerous top10's for various keyphrases same day Google updated ODP listings. Seems true for yahoogle too.