It's well-known that FAST search has been planning a paid inclusion program for public release. Now that finally appears ready to happen, given a change over at the Lycos.com web site, which FAST powers.
The Lycos Add URL page has been altered to provide basic details about a new "Lycos InSite" program that will get your site listed within the Lycos web index. The offerings are very similar to the FAST PartnerSite program that was beta tested at the end of last year.
Neither program is live, and the Lycos program will almost certainly be a rebranding of the FAST program. The only question is really which will be rolled out first, or whether they will come out at the same time.
There's also the issue of whether there will be any significant differences if you sign-up with FAST as opposed to Lycos. I doubt this will happen, but we'll see. Neither Lycos nor FAST is ready to discuss their programs in more details, but I expect to get answers for the next newsletter.
Meanwhile, FAST paid inclusion is live via Lycos Germany. A combined directory submission and crawler submission product has been offered under beta test since December. Lycos Europe uses its own, homegrown directory, as opposed to the Open Directory listings that have a presence on Lycos.com
More details about the paid inclusion program to be offered through Lycos.
More details about FAST's paid inclusion program.
Lycos Germany Inclusion Program
More details and sign-up form for paid inclusion with Lycos Germany.
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