> i've read that altavista has stopped indexing alltogether in the past couple months.. I just got this today from http://www.marketposition.com. I'm not vouching for accuracy, I'm just happy to have something relevant to post here! :) Jennifer AltaVista Buries Newly Submitted Pages ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Ever since AltaVista added what people are now calling "the Ransom note" feature on their Add URL page... http://add-url.altavista.com/cgi-bin/newurl? ..they've been burying most of the newly submitted pages at the bottom of the search results. Only recently (finally!) have we started seeing pages that were submitted months ago slowly making their way towards the top. Therefore, be encouraged that your recent submissions to AltaVista are likely to improve in ranking after a couple of months from the time they are submitted to AltaVista as they get better with "age." -- * --- Note: The above article was reprinted with permission from Planet Ocean Communications. Planet Ocean, in my opinion, offers some of the most extensive and up to date search engine news on the Web. If you're one of those who are always looking for that extra tip to gain a competitive edge, you owe it to yourself to check out this in-depth resource: http://www.searchenginehelp.com/positioning/ BONUS TIP: In regard to AltaVista, since the pages appear to get better with "age," you may want to avoid re-submitting pages that have already been indexed by AltaVista. Use WebPosition's URL Verification feature to determine when this occurs. Also make sure you carefully optimize the pages with the WebPosition Page Critic before submitting them. You don't want to waste two months waiting for it to rise in rank only to discover you were using the wrong number of keywords on the page.