Starting around the 15th July a few webmasters started noticing a drop in crawling by the Ask crawler: [webmasterworld.com...]
Since this time, some webmasters have had the Ask crawler start crawling again at a normal pace, while some have not (us). Previously, Ask visited us roughly 2,000 times a day. That has now dropped to 0 to 20 times a day. However, we did see a drop in the number of pages in their index. Through out this whole time, we saw no drop in traffic coming from Ask itself and even saw sizable increases (up to about 500 people a day). Starting at 11:00PM MTN today that changed. We are no longer in the Ask index (for anything at all, even results that should pull us up via other websites).
Our site alone is not a large issue by itself, but I started keeping track of our large competitors (ten year old authority websites with pr 7 & 8) and have also noticed that they are quickly dropping from the Ask index. Sites that used to have hundreds of thousands of pages in Ask using the site command now have less than 10,000 and some less than 100.
I want to see if anyone is seeing similar trends or have similar experiences in regards to the a drop in pages in Ask? Perhaps it could be industry related, I am not sure.