Classified Search Engines Not Always Welcomed



ClickZ looks at how newly launched classified aggregator, Vast.com, is annoying a few classified providers by somehow bypassing password protected areas and draining servers.

One company goes as far as accusing Vast of stealing…

“This is called stealing content…there’s no advantage to me to have them steal,” commented Laurel Touby, founder and CEO of media industry site mediabistro.com

Ouch!

Certainly Vast is not alone in convincing classified sites that they’re helping them bring new visitors, but if the classified search engines are to see a bright future, they’ll need to secure strong partnerships with their partner sites.

  • Jay Westmark

    Andy,

    As I said before. . These services (vast, oodle, indeed) are no different than MFA scrapers or email harvesters.

    I’ll continue to block them and the other 20k pirates until I have an economical reason not to.

    -jay

  • Anonymous

    The clickz article is misleading. Vast has exactly two listings from mediabistro, neither of them “deep.” Neither of them is complete, and there’s no way to contact the poster without going through mediabistro. How is this different than what Google does, again?

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    Certainly Vast is not alone in convincing classified sites that they’re helping them bring new visitors, but if the classified search engines are to see a bright future, they’ll need to secure strong partnerships with their partner sites

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