>>I was searching on yahoo for a goods simpsons site and i found something very annoying. A number of the sites i found wer 'substandard' to say the least. I even found a geocities site which hadn't even been moved into yet! How comes people can get awful sites like these registered while hard working webmasters like me can't?
You were no doubt looking at the default database, Inktomi (when last I looked, but who knows these days, ey?) These are Pages, and not Sites. They are temporary. There is no way to subit a URL to Inktomi, it has to Find you.