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So what makes Splut work where others don't.
The design is clean and reasonably advert free.
The site is quick and search results are quick.
The SERPS are clean.
Is this all it takes?
It looks like it draws from dmoz when it can't find a result from within its own db.
You are right, it's got a lot going for it.
Submitting sites to Splut is not a very succesfull process in my experience - always tend to get a message to say that you are not allowed your company name in the title - or something like that.
New sites area looks a bit sparse too - especially as it says last 100 added.
Just submitted one today, just now - and the submission service is working. I submitted one end of last week too - so seems to be OK from my end.
Re my Title comment above - looking at the submission form and already listed sites, it looks like you should keep your title to a minimum.
<edit> Re Tigger edit - yes I was using .com </edit>
Looking up Whois leads to a company with a PO Box Number in
Bletchley, Milton Keynes.
You can get quite a lot on it if you look up that company name in Google.
Although that company is the registrant and owner of splut.com , they do not claim to be Splut. I found
"One of our clients, Splut.com is a pay per click search engine (listing is free but you can bid to be top of category) and we handle a lot of the submissions and rejections for them."
Make what you will out of that lot!
On a practical basis, I get vitually no referrals from them across my sites - probably because I don't either pay them or put their banner on!
As far as I'm concerned it serves its purpose by giving a link.
Splut may not be the greatest, biggest nor best but it works and we can submit to it free of charge. Should we wish to take up their offer of investing into a preferential indexing systems, it is our choice to do so.
The only page with straight links is the referrals page - which is basically a popularity link exchange, and I don't think it's worth damaging the reputation of my sites in return for a PR5 slit between so many sites.