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Overview: Hotbot is a medium/large scale search engine which has now become part of the Lycos Network

Hotbot originally launched in 1996 by Wired Digital and has grown to become a major player in the search engine market. In late 1998, Lycos acquired Hotbot. To this day, Hotbot is powered on the Inktomi engine for their search capabilities and the Open Directory Project for their directory based system.

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Hotbot http://www.hotbot.com (New window opens)

Submission & Ranking Process

META Tags Hotbot makes extensive use of META tags, particularly the Keywords and Description Tag and the title of your page

Spidering Hotbot will spider or follow all links it finds on your website and index them into their database. You can control the degree of spidering through a standardized robots governing file or META tags [See Robots Generator]

Popularity Counts If lots of websites link to your site, then your site will be ranked higher in HotBot's rankings. The popularity component of Hotbot is powered by Direct Hit.

No Abuse Tolerance Abusing META Tags or spoofing their search robot may get your website lower rankings or even blacklisted. Limit repeating keywords in the META tags

Additional Information Hotbot indexes all visible text, HTML comments and the ALT image tags but does not support image maps nor frames

Submission Time Getting listed in Hotbot takes about 3 weeks

Special Triggers Hotbot has special reserved triggers which can help assess your rankings and positioning once you've submitted your website to Hotbot. The following are recommended readings for determining your success with search engine marketing:

Assess Your Site Indexing With Hotbot
Who's Linking To Your Website With Hotbot

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