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Forget everything you ever knew about submitting to AltaVista. A completely new system went up at the site about two weeks ago, one that promises faster addition of web pages to the index, as long as you are not using automated submit software.

When you access the Add URL page, it will display a submission code that must be entered. The code is a series of letters and numbers, but because they are displayed in a graphic format, automatic submission tools cannot read the information. As a result, AltaVista says the new system has stopped submission robots in their tracks.

This is important because submission tools generally send AltaVista so much spam that "good" documents get lost among the junk. For instance, AltaVista said at the recent Search Engine Strategies conference in Boston that virtually all of the submissions it receives come from robots, and that 95 percent of all submissions are considered spam. Thus, AltaVista explained, stopping the robots means that the good stuff can get through. This caused the audience of mostly webmasters, web marketers and search engine optimization specialists to break out into applause.

Coinciding with the new submission code, AltaVista has also removed the five pages per day, per web site limit it used to observe. There is no longer any limit as to how many pages you can submit to AltaVista, and the company says new pages should appear within a week.

In other AltaVista news, a bug has been preventing it from performing phrase searches properly. For example, if you enter several search terms surrounded by quotation marks, AltaVista is supposed to find pages that contain that exact phrase. This bug seems to be fixed now, but if you find it returning, AltaVista suggests prefacing the phrase search with a + symbol, such as:

+"when in the course of human events"

AltaVista has also launched four new regionally-oriented services: Basque, Galician, Catalan and one for New Zealand. In addition, its BabelFish translation service can now translate from Chinese, Japanese and Korean into English, and vice versa.

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AltaVista
http://www.altavista.com

AltaVista Add URL Page
http://add-url.altavista.com/cgi-bin/newurl?

AltaVista Basque
http://es-eu.altavista.com

AltaVista Galician
http://es-gl.altavista.com

AltaVista Catalan
http://es-ca.altavista.com

AltaVista New Zealand
http://www.altavista.co.nz

Offers nearly 3 million New Zealand-specific web pages, as well as access to AltaVista's global listings.

AltaVista BabelFish Translations
http://babelfish.altavista.com

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