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Top 10 or Top 18 or Top ??
From Woz on 3 April '00
Here is a question for you. - Which Search Engines/Directories should we spend most of our time submitting to for “maximum return on investment of time”? Traveling around the net you see references to the TOP TEN SEs and the likes although opinions as to who are in the Top 10 differ.

So first a question, what is your opinion as to which are the “TOP 10” SEs/Directories that should be concentrated on for submissions?

Secondly, is there a “Top 10” or perhaps a “Top 18”? After viewing a couple of pages about SE alliances/relationships, www.searchenginewatch.com\reports\alliances.html, and http://www.sonic.net/~goetsch/webrookie/chart.html, I started to think about maximizing effort. i.e., if SEs B, C, & D are all getting their data from A, do we need to submit to A, B, C, & D or just A?

So by combining the data on the two above pages we come up with a list of SE Sources and the SEs/Directories they supply as below. (I hope this comes out all right in text only)


Source
Engine/Directory they supply

4anything
4anything
About.com
About.com
AltaVista
Alta Vista, LookSmart
Ask Jeeves
AltaVista
Direct Hit
About.com, HotBot, MSN Search, LookSmart, Lycos, Direct Hit Excite
Excite's Magellan, Excite's WebCrawler
FAST
FAST (Alltheweb)
Go
Go, Infoseek
Google
Google, Netscape Search
Inktomi
AOL Search, Anzwers, Canada.com, GoTo, HotBot, Iwon, Kanoodle.com, MSN Search, Snap, Yahoo
Inktomi, secondary search results
LookSmart, 4Anything, Yahoo
LookSmart
About.com, Alta Vista, LookSmart, MSN Search,
Northern Light
Northern Light
Open Directory Project
AltaVista, HotBot, Lycos, OPD, Google, Netscape, AOL, Yahoo,ICQ, Direct Hit
RealNames
AOL Search, Alta Vista, Go Guides, Google, Look Smart, MSN Search,
Snap
Snap
Yahoo
Yahoo


That is, there seem to be 16 major sources supplying 27 Engines/Directories in a somewhat complicated and, dare we say, incestuous manner.

So, should we concentrate on those 16 sources with manual submissions on the basis that all the 27 Engines/Directories will pick up data from them, or should we submit to ALL 27 Engines/Directories to ensure listing?

But, if we submit to all 27, will we be in danger of over-submitting to some engines and if so which? For example, does Canada.com get all its info from Inktomi only or should we also submit at the Canada.com site? HotBot gets its supply from Direct Hit, Inktomi & Open Directory Project – should we submit at HotBot as well or would this be in danger of Spamming?

And presumably we also relegate the other 1000s of additional SEs/Directories to automated submissions.

What do you think? Opinions Please.

Woz




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