Lycos news: new backlink service

Michael Mauldin (mlm@fuzine.mt.cs.cmu.edu)
Thu, 31 Aug 95 23:12:26 EDT


Date: Thu, 31 Aug 95 23:12:26 EDT
From: mlm@fuzine.mt.cs.cmu.edu (Michael Mauldin)
Message-Id: <9509010312.AA27384@fuzine.mt.cs.cmu.edu>
To: uri@bunyip.com
Subject: Lycos news: new backlink service

Dear Webmaster,

As you may have heard, Lycos, the largest catalog of the Internet,
is now Lycos Inc.  Before you get the wrong idea, let us reassure
you: Lycos will remain free.  We have no intention of ever charging
for searches.  Frankly, we feel that doing so would be counter to
net culture.

What we do want to do is to provide better service to the citizens
of the Internet.  That's where you come in.  We need your suggestions,
comments, complaints, etc.  As a webmaster, you are more likely to
have informed opinions about services and products relating to the
net and the web.  We would love to hear any comments you would like
to make.

One new free service we are preparing to offer is a Lycos search form
for your site with a graphic link back to your site.  Obviously, you
could just build your own search form for any of the search engines,
and indeed some sites have already done this.  What we are providing
is something extra: the link back to your site.  When a user searches
Lycos from your site, the results page will contain your icon as a
link back to a page you specify.  This means that you can offer the
full power and convenience of a Lycos search page without worrying
that your users will wander off and never come back.  With your icon
always present for the user, even when Lycos is being used, it makes
Lycos a virtual extension of your own pages.  

If you are interested in this service, you can register easily by
filling out the registration form at:

   http://www.lycos.com/backlink-registration.html

You will need to give us your name and email address, the name of your
organization, the URL for the link back to your site, and the URL for
a small icon to be used for the link.  Icons must be 60x60 pixels or
smaller; icons that are larger will be scaled to fit within that
area. After you register, you'll be sent the HTML for your backlink
form and full instructions.

We will do whatever it takes to make Lycos the best service it can be.
We hope you'll help us with your suggestions and comments.  Thanks.

--Michael Mauldin <fuzzy@lycos.com>	--John Leavitt <webmaster@lycos.com>
  Chief Scientist			  Director, Product Development
  Lycos, Inc.				  Lycos, Inc.