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    Hello One and all,

    Well I have managed to do very well on Google and Yahoo (wait til next update...) but I really want to do something on AOL. I dont really want to go down the road of paying for listings etc yet.

    So anyone any good ideas about AOL then?

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    Don't do anything. By the time you accomplished something, it would be undone by AOL anyway.

    At the moment, AOL is getting most of it results from Overture and Inktomi. They've already signed a deal to switch to Google. You should be seeing Googlish results on AOL in a few weeks.

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    I suggest a complete rewrite of your website if you really want to harness the true power of AOL.

    TYPE A KEYWORD IN THE WHITE BOX AND CLICK ON THE "SEARCH" BUTTON. CLICK MEANS TO DEPRESS THE PAD ON THE MOUSE WHEN THE ARROW APPEARS TO BE WITHIN THE "SEARCH" BUTTON....

    And you will love the e-mails...what do I do when my pencil gets dull? Please help.

    Bad Attitude? YES! AOL = All Only Looking, in my book.

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    LOL & I agree with what doc said.

    Be sure you don't leave any email addresses lying arond, because you will get all sorts of crazy questions.

    However, I am having an OK conversion ration with aol users.

    One example: My sites IS CLEARLY NOT the merchants site.. i say this, but I still received an email (they get the email address by signing up for my newsletter, and then replying to the confirmation email that is sent to them).
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    Hi, I signed up for xxx on xxx-2002. My name is xxxxx xxxxx, phone xxxxxxx, address xxxx xxxx xxxx. My social security # is xxxxxxxx. Please check into my order and ensure that it is proceeding.
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    If I'm feeling nice, I forward the info to the merchant.
    I'm usually comfortable missing out on a sale or three because I don't want to get into stupid email conversations about bleedingly obvious aol-type question.

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    I don't know if aol traffic is quality or not but better than getting in with inktomi listings is to get in the directory.

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    Now, now, now....we were all young and stupid once. Heck I even used AOL at one time.

    It took me being kicked off when my then 12 year old sent letter bombs for me to find out there was an actual Internet. I won't tell you what I had to go through to find an ISP that would let me get back on the net.

    I will always thank the President of AccuCom for taking the time to explain it to my son and the FBI for not really coming.
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    Ssanf, that's totally hilarious! focrof totally <IMG src=http://www.abestweb.com/smilies/crazy.gif>

    It's just too silly, do you remember what the subject line was?

    I could just see those peoples faces when the signed on!

    "You've got mail" lol

    Little did they know what kind of mail huh?

    Can you remember what the subject line read?

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    Sorry, but I don't think I ever knew. I was just dumbfounded at the time to ask.

    You know, when I was 21 I had a daughter and I knew every thing I needed to know to raise her. "Save it for marriage!" But when she became a teen virtue wasn't the issue. Drugs were.

    When I was 39 I had a son and I knew everything I needed. "Save it for marriage and don't do drugs!" But virtue and drugs weren't the issue. Hacking was.

    Now, I am 58 and I know I am not smart enough to be a parent. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

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    LOL @ Doc and Ssanf!!

    As for me, I've found the AOL traffic is okay for products aimed at late teens (18-19) and twentysomethings. Things aimed at older customers don't get nearly as much traffic from there.

    I'm in AOL via Inktomi now. But if you can get into the directory that would be better since directory listings go above the outside listings (I forgot if there's any OverSure listings at the very top of AOL like there are at Yahoo...).

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>I forgot if there's any OverSure listings at the very top of AOL like there are at Yahoo<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    used to be, now they are google adwords - three of them.

    I have had suprisingly good results from AOL traffic, but its usually with pages that I didn't really think that I would do well with. I submitted a page a couple weeks ago on a whim, one of my ugliest sites/pages and was in shock when I pulled the #1 position for several high traffic keywords/strings and doubled $ales!

    Then there are the pages I expected to do well and pull in tons of traffic that don't pull in sheet!

    wont matter much longer anyhow I guess since google will be supplying the results very soon.

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    Pete,

    I found that answering those silly AOL questions has been worth the frustration. I helped a lady find a certain type of pearl earring and sent her to my competition. Turns out that she is on one of those dating services. She put up my link in her profile as her favorite website and I get regular hits from it.

    I helped another lady from Long Island to find patio chairs that were sold out at K-Mart. It took a lot of valuable time, but I finally found them for her. She wrote a nice thank you email and forwarded it to her entire buddy list. I replied with a link to our garden/patio page and she forwarded it to the members of her garden club. A year has passed and I'm still getting hits from their bookmarks.

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    Hi
    Aol for my weight loss drug sites is the best. Since aol appeals to the middle class(no remarks please) and those not teceh savy it works. It seems that aol pulls from inktomi so being high in there helps. Overture to a lesser extent.
    Aol will switch to google come Julky so if you do well in google you will do fine in aol.

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    I never submitted any of my sites to AOL but I got high rankings anyhow automatically. Don't know where it came from. Yes I agree that there are a lot of teens on the way at AOL, because they buy on my urban and hip hop sites.
    Jonny

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    Anyhoot to answer the question about how to get in.

    Dmoz is the official way, then all these other methods but if you go the dmoz route you'll be placed on top of all the other results.

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