It appears that AltaVista is spidering the “What’s New” listings at Yahoo! within 24 hours. So, if you have a new site and have paid to get into the Yahoo! directory recently, AltaVista should spider and index your listing, without going through their pay inclusion program or “free” submission area.
What This Means For You: If you have recently submitted your site to Yahoo! (within the last 15-20 days) you are included in this new change. If you have not submitted your site to Yahoo!, now is the perfect time with this new bonus. Already, new sites are also spidered by Google. With AltaVista’s recent “comeback”, this is a nice extra. If you have already submitted to Yahoo! more than 30 days ago, you may consider getting a second domain and using it as a marketing tool. We have a solid program to assist you in this area, including researching a top domain.
Google: I have noticed that some pages with a higher than 3% keyword weight are still scoring well with Google. If you use keyword weight as a main criteria when you perform optimization, you can probably increase the density to 4%.
With the recent purchase of Inktomi, many have wondered how long Google will supply the search results for Yahoo!. According to Danny Sullivan, Google will supply them through at least September. However, that does not mean that results will be primary search results – just that Google will be a part of the mix through September, as that is when their search contract runs out.
This is your last week to get your site ready for the Google Dance. I am predicting it will happen on Feb. 24th this month. To allow for the update to be near completion on March 3rd. Make sure all of your links are in working order, and that you are NOT linking to any sites you do not own or operate that have a PageRank of zero.
Has Google Visited?: Hate reading weblogs looking to see when the last time Google came to your site? There is a script that will automatically send you an email when GoogleBot comes for a visit. PHP Google Script.