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- AltaVista Optimization -
( Tips provided by zettas.com )
At one time this engine used to be one of if not THE leading
metasearch engine. Things have changed now, but it is still
high on the list. The reason for AltaVista dropping is probably
because of two main reasons; one being that they no longer
provide the backup database for Yahoo! (Google does now)
and for the longest time AltaVista indexed newly submitted
sites very quickly, within days but, more recently it normally
takes months to see a site get listed. There have been some
very recent glimpses of a new AltaVista that is indexing
pages fast again. We'll see...
to get listed: There are two ways to get listed; paid
submissions and free submissions. If you want your site
a guaranteed review within 2 days use their Express
Submit which will also get you listed in the LookSmart
Network but will cost you $199. If you don't want to shell
out the cash use their normal Submit
a Site form which is still free.
to get a good listing: Recently AltaVista seems to be
changing their algorithm so predicting how to optimize your
site for this engine can be hard. It is known though that
AltaVista relies heavily on Meta Tags (read more on Meta
Tag tips). Rankings can also be affected depending on a
site's age. The longer a site is listed in AltaVista, the
better a listing it will receive. For some more hints check
out AltaVista's webpage about their Search Engine, here.
of updates: Very recently I have heard of many websites
getting listed within days of their initial sumbission.
This has not been the normal case in the recent past, though.
It used to take a month or two to get listed.
of bot: Scooter
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