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True Paid Inclusion Programs are a "Thing of the Past"
. . . Or Are They?
By Robin Nobles (c) 2005
Most search engine optimizers get rather nostalgic when they
remember the "good old days" of paid inclusion programs. Do you
remember when we could submit a Web page for a one-time fee and
get it spidered and indexed within 24 to 48 hours? The page would
then be respidered every 48 hours for an entire year.
We could work on building our on-page and off-page factors while
confidently knowing that the paid inclusion spider would be back
to recrawl our page within that time frame. We didn't have to pay
any pay-per-click fees. For new pages or Web sites, or for pages
that we had problems getting in the indexes, paid inclusion
programs were ideal. We never minded spending the money at all.
These days, however, with the exception of a few directory
submissions, true paid inclusion programs are a thing of the past
. . . or are they?
Some Paid Inclusion Programs have Per-Click Fees Attached as Well
The paid inclusion programs of the past certainly didn't come
with pay-per-click fees attached, but some of them do now. Yes,
the visibility can be impressive, but the programs come with
* You not only pay to submit the URL, you also pay a per-click
fee, depending on what industry you're in. So before you rush
into these programs, it would be to your advantage to see how
much you would pay to bid on your keywords through straight pay-
* It's important to remember that with these paid inclusion/PPC
programs, you're simply "paying" to be "included." You're not
"paying" for your "rankings." Therefore, you're in the rankings
along with all of the free search engine listings, yet you've
paid to be there and you're paying per click-through.
* Though I have known a few people who have stopped the paid
inclusion listing (and the per-click fee) and have remained in
the listings, most people totally drop out of the rankings. So
if you get where you want to be, be prepared to pay to stay
A True Paid Inclusion Program –
With Listings Seen Over 120 Million Times a Month!
The Big Three aren't the only engines on the block. At 120
million searches a month being conducted across 50+ search
engines and directories and through ABCSearch.com,
ExactSeek.com's Featured Listings are certainly an excellent
The cost? $36 per URL for the first 5 URLs for a year, or $12
per URL for the first 5 URLs for 3 months. More good news: no
pay-per-click fees and no bidding for keywords.
What search engines are covered?
ExactSeek.com, Aesop.com, TowerSearch.com, TSection.com,
Search66.com, SearchWarp.com. and WebWorldIndex.com.
View the entire listing at:
These search engines and directories have formed the
Independent Search Engine & Directory Network
(ISEDN.org http://www.isedn.org/) for the purpose of providing
Web site owners with affordable and effective search engine
In fact, the Featured Listings program not only gives you "paid
inclusion," but it also gives you "guaranteed top 10 exposure."
I asked Mel Strocen, CEO of Jayde Online to explain.
"The sale of any keyword term (word or phrase) is restricted to
30 buyers. So, for example, a phrase like 'online games' can only
be purchased 30 times. This is to prevent over sale of a term.
Since the maximum number of paid listing ad boxes that can appear
on a SERP is 10 and 30 is the maximum that can be sold for any
keyword term, we rotate ad boxes within the SERP and between
SERPs for every search on a given term.
"If an advertiser buys a keyword term that has been previously
purchased 10 or fewer times, then that advertiser's paid listing
ad box will appear on the first page of search results every time
the purchased keyword term is searched. If the keyword term has
been purchased between 11 and 20 times, then the advertiser's PI
ad box will appear on the first page of search results one of
every 2 searches performed for that keyword term. And, if the
keyword term has been purchased between 21 and 30 times, then the
advertiser's PI ad box will appear on the first page of search
results one of every 3 searches performed.
"This rotational system gives everyone who has purchased a
keyword term equal exposure."
According to Strocen, a number of engines and directories are
poised to join the ISEDN, and they're targeting for a membership
of 100 engines and directories by year-end. This is serious
visibility. Your listings will be added within 6-8 hours to all
of the above search engines. Just like the good old days!
It's important to note that paid listing results are served from
a separate database. Having a paid listing does not mean you also
have a regular, free listing. To get in their regular, free
results, Webmasters still need to submit their URLs at
For more information about their paid inclusion program, visit
Paid Inclusion as an Alternative to PPC
With the rising costs of pay-per-clicks, when you can find a paid
inclusion model as attractive as ExactSeek.com's, it's time to
give it a try.
For example, at the time of writing this article, the top three
bids for "life insurance quotes" at Yahoo!'s Sponsored Search
were going for close to $6 a click through. If you have one of
the top three pay-per-click ads, and if six people click on your
ad, you'll spend $36 a day.
You could spend the same amount of money one time at
ExactSeek.com and get your URL seen over 120 million times a
month for a solid year.
Isn't it worth a try?
Thank goodness, the days of true paid inclusion programs aren't
over. ExactSeek has a very attractive program with excellent
visibility . . . just waiting to be tested. Remember: in the
search engine game, testing is the best way to see if something
works. Now, get busy!
Robin Nobles teaches 2-, 3-, and 5-day hands-on search engine
marketing (http://www.searchengineworkshops.com) workshops in
locations across the globe as well as online SEO training
(http://www.onlinewebtraining.com) courses. They have recently
launched localized SEO training
(http://www.searchengineacademy.com) centers through Search