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Top Ten on MSN = AskJeeves?
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Axacta




msg:32809
 1:40 am on Jun 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

Maybe I'm behind the times, but I don't remember this before.

 

littleman




msg:32810
 1:45 am on Jun 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

I'm not seeing it, could you post an example?

Axacta




msg:32811
 1:52 am on Jun 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

It seems to be coming and going. Try "bible questions". I also noticed it half way down the page once.

korkus2000




msg:32812
 1:54 am on Jun 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

It seems to be different here.

Axacta




msg:32813
 1:58 am on Jun 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

It's definitely not stable. Second last time I tried "bible questions" I got nothing. Last time I got the link, but there was no top ten list.

Then I tried "cars". The top ten link came up half way down the page, and the AskJeeves page had the list of links.

littleman




msg:32814
 2:05 am on Jun 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

You are talking about the
*Get the Top 10 Most Popular Sites for "bible questions" *
link at the top, right?

Yeah that was directhit, but now it's askjeeves branded. It isn't a big traffic generator, most surfers just regard that link as noise.

korkus2000




msg:32815
 2:06 am on Jun 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

Are you talking about the "Top 10 Sites For whatever" link at the top that goes to ask jeeves?

I have seen that for a couple weeks. I thought you ment the serps.

Axacta




msg:32816
 2:10 am on Jun 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

>Are you talking about the "Top 10 Sites For whatever" link at the top that goes to ask jeeves?<

Sorry. I should have been more exact. Yes I meant the "Top 10 Most Popular Sites for..."

korkus2000




msg:32817
 2:13 am on Jun 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

My fault now that I read it again you were clear. I was checking back and forth then noticed it and felt dumb.

angiolo




msg:32818
 7:39 am on Jun 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

Yes, it was direct.hit.
the same ten results on Hotbot.

Now it is Askjeevs that is Teoma!

Teoma semms to be strange in this moment: it gives the first page results only (the second, third etc. pages are the same as the first one).

mbauser2




msg:32819
 8:35 am on Jun 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

I admit that I don't follow Jeeves or DirectHit too closely, but those "Ask Jeeves" results look (to me) like the same old DirectHit results with a different logo. Jeeves is just trying to bury the memory of DirectHit a little deeper. (And not quite suceeding: the results are still served from msn.directhit.com and the related-searches block after the listings is still labeled "Direct Hit Related Searches".)

angiolo is right about something being up at askjeeves.com, but I'm not seeing Teoma SERPs there: It looks to me like aj.com is serving DirectHit data straight up, and repeating the results (results 1-10 are the same as results 11-20, which are the same as results 21-30, and so on). The repetition isn't happening for searches with fewer than 10 results.

teoma.com is similarly screwy: Underneath the "Relevant web pages" graphic, it currently says "Note: We are unable to display Teoma results at this time. These are our alternative results." Then it shows... the DirectHit.com results.

Edited to add: I noticed this after posting: Teoma's "Suggsestions to narrow your search" lists the same searches as the "Direct Hit Related Searches" on msn.directhit.com. I never thought to compare those before. Did anybody else?

My best (and only) guess is that we've caught Jeeves/Teoma in the middle of trying to integrate DirectHit results into the other sites. I wouldn't be surprised if it was all cleared up in a few hours.

angiolo




msg:32820
 12:58 pm on Jun 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

Now results from Teoma are different, but at the time I wrote there was the same SERP on Directhit, Askjeews and Hotbot.

Askjeevs shows the same Teoma results.

Probably, when I checked the serp, Teoma showed "old" directhit results, in a strange manner (same results on any page).

Directhit is still alive and shows on the first 10 results of Hotbot and on "Top 10 most popular site" on MSN.

mbauser2




msg:32821
 8:40 pm on Jun 20, 2002 (gmt 0)

Directhit is still alive and shows on the first 10 results of Hotbot and on "Top 10 most popular site" on MSN.

I think we all knew that already.

For the record, I'm also seen recent (within the last 30 days) directhit-influenced traffic from:


apple.directhit.com Sherlock (?)
comet.directhit.com CometCursor
dictionary.directhit.com dictionary.com
dogpile.directhit.com dogpile.com
excite.directhit.com webcrawler.com
megadirectory.directhit.com megaspider.com
webster.directhit.com m-w.com

britannica.directhit.com is still pingable, but I haven't seen any traffic from them lately, and I don't have an account there to check the SERPs.

Some of the click-tracking URLs in Excite.com SERPs include the string "src=DH_excite_SRCH", suggesting they're still running something through DirectHit's system.

DirectHit is buried, but it's not dead. If you've got any pages ranking well in the DH database, you will still see a small stream of traffic from DH partner sites.

"Small" is relative, of course. msn.directhit.com, by itself, is sending me 3 times as much traffic as teoma.com. Add up all the directhit.com subdomains, and DH is still sending me five times the traffic teoma.com does.

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