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Similarity of Ask.com to Google

 5:22 pm on Nov 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

Since Ask.com relaunched, can anyone say if their search engine algorithm is similar to google? I have tried to find information on this but I have not been able to.



 11:25 pm on Nov 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

I'm not aware of any major changes in the technology. The Ask algo has traditionally been even more sensitive to link patterns than Google is. Notice that they don't support the link: operator at all. They're not giving anyone even a peak at their data.

So the big deal with Ask is still what it has been: if you want to rank well, then you need to be well linked from other authorities in the topical area, or the "community" as they call it.

One other difference is that Ask's data does not seem to be refreshed nearly so often as Google's, which may well be a budget limitation more than an algo issue - it takes bucks to crawl.


 11:29 pm on Nov 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

Hi Ted,

I have noticed what you are saying about Ask refreshing their data. They have title tags that were changed in October but even now they are not showing the changes. They are going with data that is over a month old.

I think they should refresh more often because it can help some sites in the rankings.


 12:37 pm on Nov 30, 2008 (gmt 0)

It has been since several months that I do not check ranking on Ask serach engine.

I agree: results are very similar to google, but google has more fresh results...

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