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Altavista Competitor Identification
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Overview: Learn how to determine who are your competitors according to search engines

Many search engines have enabled webmaster support such that website owners can easily determine which sites are related or similar to other websites presently indexed. Most webmasters don't realize this, but this is in fact a list of competitors as identified by search engines. Below, we demonstrate which trigger words search engines recognize, sample usage and other tips and tricks to out rank your competitors. In addition, we added a direct form such that you may perform a query directly from this page.

Altavista Triggers
Search Engine: Altavista (Read Our Submission Tips)
URL: http://www.altavista.com (New Window Opens)
Special Trigger(s): http://www.altavista.com/cgi-bin/query?q=like:WWW.YOURDOMAIN.COM
Explanation: This trigger will indicate to the search engine that only pages indexed within the catalog that are similiar or "like" the page indexed on yourdomain.com should be returned. Altavista will return to you a complete list of all pages that exist within the Altavista catalog which are similar to the content featured on your site. This list may be quite long but generally, the top 20-50 results are your most prominent competition. The syntax for this command is the trigger name "like:" plus your domain name. Please see the example below for additional help.
Tips and Tricks: Altavista has become rather cluttered as it strives to become a portal. To just get your results, with no ads or other distracting clutter, we suggest you use Raging search to get your results. Raging.com is a slimmed down version of Altavista with all the clutter cut out. Once you familiarize yourself with the syntax of this search engine trigger, we suggest you use Raging.com to deliver your results (Click Here to Open Raging.com in a new window).
Gain the Competitive Edge: Once you've determined who are your competitors, your ideal goal is to out perform their rankings. An easy fashion to determine how they're advertising in search engines is to view their use of META Tags and the other strategies we document on our website. Explore your competitors strategies and learn from them to gain the competitive edge. Tip: Once you've identified a competitor, try entering their URL into our META Tag Scanner and we'll identify for you which META Tags they are using.
Example: http://www.altavista.com/cgi-bin/query?q=like:submitcorner.com (View Results)
and
http://www.altavista.com/cgi-bin/query?q=like:www.submitcorner.com (View Results)
Try Your Site: Check out who are your competitors of your web site in this search engine. Enter your domain name in the box below and we'll display your results right away.
Notice: For best results, enter your domain name only such as www.submitcorner.com or submitcorner.com. Not all search engines accept a full URL to specific pages on your site.
Assessment Tools: Use our Assessment Tools and we'll query any search engine for you with a single click. Easily track down if your indexed, who's linking to you and who are your competitors from one consolidated form.
Other Triggers
Assess Your Site Indexing: Many search engines have enabled webmaster support such that determining if your website is catalogued can easily be done. Find out if Altavista has your site indexed already and which pages of your site are catalogued. Click here to learn more about Assessing Your Site Indexing with Altavista.
Who's Linking: Find out how many sites and which sites presently link to yours. The more web sites that link to you, the better your site will rank. Now you can quantify exactly how many link to you and from where. Click here to Learn More About Who's Linking with Altavista.

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