Serves: Hotbot, Snap, Microsoft Search, Goto.com,
Searchopolis, Anzwers, ICQit, Aol Netfind, and
about a dozen smaller engines
the once mighty have fallen.
Inktomi's fall from grace as Yahoo's premier
search provider, Inktomi's importance on the
net is now that of an also ran. Inktomi is not
a search engine in its own right, but a dedicated
spider and indexing service. It then tailored
feeds search results to large search engines
like Hotbot, Snap, and Microsofts search MSN.
(pronounced INK TUH ME : stands for a crafty
Indian Spider) is the result of a couple super
geeks at the University of California at Berkeley.
Inktomi is now used as a backup search when
directory results fail. The problem with Inktomi
has also been, price vs performance. Inktomi
charges search engines on a per search basis
with bulk discounts. The economics of Inktomi
have never added up for most search engines.
Inktomi Spider Slurp gives highest priority
for keywords in the page title. It also gives
a higher priority for keywords in META tags
and relevance in page text. It severely penalizes
consecutive repetition of keywords in META tags,
and for keywords that do not appear on the page.
Slurp will reindex your site about once every
three weeks (although Slurp can be a bit lethargic
Inktomi may visit your page, that does not mean
the page will end up in either the Hotbot, iWon,
or Aol databases. Inktomi serves dozens of private
and public intrests with its spider. This site
(300 pages) has been totally spidered by Inktomi
4 times and less than a handfull of pages have
ever shown up on a search engine. Those pages
that were spidered, are surely stored infull
on some private database for enternity.
now obeys the ROBOTS META tag.
(last updated 7/26/99)
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