Rats Nest Search Engine
has now full integrated the Open Directory Project
(ODP) into its mainstream results pages. Certain
categories of ODP sites pull extremely well
from the Lycos version of the ODP. It is very
wise to get your site properly listed in the
also uses indexed search results from Fast/AllTheWeb.com.
Fast has a percentage stake in Fast. In addition,
they supplement their search results with info
from click through counters and their own database.
also running a click-through counter to their
sister site HotBot. The click through counter
is the same one used for Direct Hit counting.
Direct Hit counts are starting to influence
site listings on Lycos. And that is why we call
it the rats nest search engine.
all the above, Lycos is tough engine to understand.
It says one thing on their submission pages
and then acts entirely different when it indexes
your site. Their indexing method from their
own spider has remained constant, but indexing
is haphazard. What works on one page, wont work
on another. There seems to be little rhyme or
reason to its actions.
is a great deal of bad, misleading,
and plain wrong information out on
the net about Lycos's indexing methods. Your
best course of action with Lycos is to follow
the standard methods of page design and optimization.
Make your page index able, submit it, and hope
it works out.
has now switched to only one algo. The method/index
system formerly known as Lycos Pro is now the
only indexer that Lycos uses. The old full site
indexer is history. The newer Lycos Pro model
works on a page-by-page basis. If you get a
decent ranking on Lycos, leave it alone.
Lycos spider T-Rex
will index only the pages you provide. However;
we've had T-Rex walk through our site(s) at
random. This is part of that inconsistency we
mentioned. We don't expect this to become common
place, but you should feel lucky if T-Rex does
take a full walk through your site.
standard optimization, the stock Lycos (not
Alltheweb) indexer gives higher priority for
keywords that also appear in the page title,
for keywords appearing closer to the top of
the page, and it further gives higher priority
for keywords appearing closer to each other
in page text. It also gives a tad higher ranking
for the number of sites linking to you. Lycos
indexes meta tags, but they are just more text
on the page to Lycos. Searches are case Insensitive.
It will use image ALT tags.
They have not responded to several emails. However,
one important email concerning my site was replied
to in-depth. Our record is 15 human replies
out of 20 emails in 1998, 10 for 15 in 99, and
4 of 11 in 2000 - the rest have been form replies.
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