How to Succeed with Yahoo!Written by Ed Burnett
Without a doubt, Yahoo is single most important directory on Internet. Not only is Yahoo most popular portal on Web, it is also one of few large Internet companies to actually turn a profit. Since a real Yahoo employee carefully reviews every submission, and each site must pass their stringent requirements, it is also hardest one to get listed in.
With their new Business Express program and a one-time-fee of $199, you are guaranteed a review of your site within 7 business days. In fact, all sites of a commercial nature are now required to submit their site through this service. However, your non-refundable payment of almost $200 up-front still does not guarantee that your site will be included in directory. If your submission is rejected, you get to make one appeal for Yahoo to accept your site. Once it is rejected second time, Yahoo will never again accept further submissions of your site. So how does one succeed in getting listed with Yahoo?
1. First, make sure your site is not already included in Yahoo directory. Do a search from their main site (or regional portal, if applicable) to determine if your company’s web site is already listed. If you are, you can request changes to your listing if you feel it is listed inappropriately. Submitting a site that is already in directory is a good way to get ignored. Also note that Yahoo uses Google search engine to search ‘net for sites if it doesn’t find any matches in it’s own directory. If your site isn’t listed under Yahoo Site Matches but shows up under Web Page Matches, then you’re probably not listed in directory. This often tricks people into thinking that they are listed in Yahoo when they really aren’t.
2. Yahoo has strict requirements on actual design of your site. Make sure your site is 100% completed, hosted on a reliable server, with no missing hyperlinks, broken images or ‘under construction’ pages. They also look for unique content and a descriptive page title. Don’t use a promotional blurb for your site’s title and description. Yahoo does not like hype, period. Rather, your title should have nothing more than your company’ s name and a brief description of your services or products.
Pay For Position Search Engines: A Source for Inexpensive, Targeted Traffic Written by Simon J. Marcantonio
Pay for position search engines, also known as pay for rank or pay per click engines were pioneered just a few years ago by Goto.com. In beginning, Goto.com was disregarded by many Internet experts who were confident that Webmasters would not choose to pay for a search engine position. At that time, assumption was valid, given that most popular search engines accepted new sites into their listings free of charge.
Several years later, however, Internet is a radically different place. Many big player search engines are struggling to break-even financially, their listings are populated with spam, which over time has forced many worthy Websites to accept low rankings or even to being banned for using one too many keywords on wrong page.
The Goto.com principle is simple -- you pay to be listed. To many Webmasters this seems a terrible proposition at first glance, however after further investigation, Goto.com clients discover a flexible system that gives them far more control over their listings than was previously achievable.
To be listed at Goto you need to create an account, deposit an amount of your choosing (there is usually a minimum of $25) and create your listings. Listings consist of titles, descriptions, your Website address, keywords, and most importantly, a bid amount. The bid amount is amount of money that will be deducted from your account every time a searcher at Goto clicks on your listing.
The amount you bid is usually determined by amounts other Webmasters are bidding for chosen keyword(s). So, if number one bid for 'health' is $0.90 then you would need to bid $0.91 to become top ranking site when someone searches for that keyword. You could also bid $0.89 and be listed in second place, which is still very effective.
==> Competition For Goto
The success of Goto.com is a problem for Webmasters with a small advertising budget. The bid amount for health keyword above is just one example. In reality, popular keywords on Goto.com can fetch as much as $3 or $4 for top spot. Enter competition. Newer pay for position search engines such as Kanoodle and FindWhat have less traffic than Goto, but at same time cost of achieving a top listing is within reach of many Webmasters. The cost of being listed within top five positions at one of these newer engines can be reached by almost anyone.
==> Regional -- A New Marketplace
New, regional, pay for position search engines are emerging. Currently, United Kingdom with its large base of online users has most choice, with some regional engines offering to list national and international sites. The regional search engines are allowing international entrepreneurs access to markets that were previously difficult to reach -- giving a new lease on life to affiliate programs, content sites and other Web services.