Traffic from Ask.com?! What's that?
Can't say, as there's not enough traffic, for me anyway, from that source to notice any changes.
Thanks for the answers. For the last few months it has been a rising source of traffic for me. Up to Friday I was getting about 1000-1200 vistors a day from it. Now down to about 10.
Something seems to be going on with Ask recently. I don't get a lot of traffic from Ask but at one point I saw three or four referals from Ask in a row - all in a short timeframe.
Normally I'm looking at six or seven Googles and five or six Y! for each Ask I see - so I thought this either a coincidence or some kind of update / test where I was suddenly ranking very well in Ask.
Ask is up to 9.8% for one of my sites that fits their demographic, and that's not even relevant to the overall percentage of search engine traffic sources. I've noticed a steady stream of referrals throughout the day.
Something's up, either it's some kind of "funny business" going on or their user base is increasing.
I have not looked at Ask in ages. To my surprise I have two sites in the top 20 for money terms. This has not historically been the case.
Further, for one of the terms the results weren't half bad. I was surprised.
Well, do you know the terms you were ranking for? Were they a few big phrases or a lot of little phrases?
Are those phrases seasonal?
Are those phrases related to current events?
Did Ask feature you somewhere in their search?
Assuming you didn't lose ranking positions, it's likely that kind of anomaly was due to a fluctuation caused by external reasons. Certainly not in any way due to an increase in usage of Ask. From ten visitors to a thousand then back again? That's an externally influenced fluctuation.
My Ask traffic has remained the same, btw.
I like Ask most for their fantastic Blog & Feed search. When something is hot you can do a search for messages in the past 24 hours and you will get all blogs that posted something about it.
You can even subscribe to the search results for that word so you are sure you don't miss a thing.
Sometimes above the normal search results a relevant feed appears. Very handy.
Ask has become one of the top 4 which sends me traffic since July 06. Its traffic is just close behind Yahoo and Msn.
Over the weekend traffic from Ask to one of my main sites has tripled, making it the #2 referrer just behind Google. I've only allow their bot in for about 4 months now. I would absolutely love to rely on traffic from Ask instead of Google....
So is Ask a well kept secret then?
Op says was getting 1000 visitors a day , well, well
I have seen a very old index coming in and out with ask at times. Perhaps your site ranks well in this old index that sneaks through?
Ask doesn't generate enough traffic to register for me.
I checked the SERPS a couple of days ago, position fine but one arguement flagged my site as a sponsered result. I'm not complaining but I have never paid a penny to any search engine and am not starting now.