Yahoo makes paid submission mandatory for businesses in the UK and a new option for those in Italy. LookSmart UK begins powering former rival UK Plus and has launched a paid placement service. And Excite is back -- at least in some European countries, powered by FAST. Details can be found below.
Yahoo UK & Ireland: Yahoo Express
Paid submission was made mandatory at Yahoo UK & Ireland for commercial categories last month. But cheer up -- for the moment, it remains a one-time fee, rather than annual as with the US. Cost is #199 or #450 for those with adult/porn content.
Yahoo Italy: Yahoo Express
Paid submission came to Yahoo Italy last month. As with the US, sites are guaranteed to be reviewed within seven working days and provided a yes or no answer about being accepted. The cost is on an annual basis, 159 per year, excluding VAT. Adult/porn sites pay 259 per year. Yahoo Express is an optional choice -- free submission also remains for all categories. Uniquely for Yahoo, Yahoo Italy is not processing the charges in house. Instead, Italian search engine marketing firm Ad Maiora handles billing. However, once billing has been processed, sites are passed on for editorial approval by Yahoo Italy''s own staff.
Motori di Ricerca e Visibilita'' sul Web
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Formerly a homegrown directory of UK web sites produced by Associated Newspapers, UK Plus remains owned by them but is powered by LookSmart UK. The deal began last month.
UK edition of LookSmart. The company continues to offer a basic paid submit service for a one-time fee of #149 + VAT and says there are no plans to move to the US-CPC based model.
LookSmart UK BidSmart
New paid placement system for appearing in LookSmart UK results, launched in mid-June. Those in BidSmart appear in the "Featured Sites" area at the top of LookSmart UK search results, as well as in that area for those who cobrand LookSmart UK results.
Excite is back in Europe -- at least the UK. Tiscali, which purchased Excite''s European services, has reopened the UK site. Results are powered by FAST and a special "Directory" tab on the results page gives access to Open Directory human-compiled listings. Excite.fr also brings up a French version, Excite.it an Italian one, but Excite.de doesn''t reveal a German one. Those in other European countries can try their own country-specific endings with Excite, to see if new sites are being offered.
Tiscali to launch Excite across Europe
The Register, July 27, 2002
Brief details on the Tiscali relationship.