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Jeeves search growing faster than Yahoo

 2:44 am on Apr 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

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as his analysis of search traffic suggests that Ask Jeeves, with 19% sequential growth from the fourth quarter, grew faster than Yahoo's 13%




 8:15 pm on Apr 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

Comparing rates of growth doesn't tell the whole story. AJ is coming from the basement in terms of market share, while Yahoo has a much larger audience. 19% of a small number is smaller growth (expressed as actual numbers) than 13% of a significantly larger number.

AJ is fond of quoting percentages as it shows their business in a better light.

Here are some more figures, some from their recently released 8K form:

Revenues for the quarter ended March 31, 2004 were $39.2 million. These
first quarter results represent 73 percent growth over revenues of
$22.7 million for the comparable year-ago quarter.
[irconnect.com ]

Revenues for the quarter ended December 31, 2003 were $31.8 million. These fourth quarter results represent 58 percent growth over revenues of $20.2 million for the comparable year-ago quarter.
[irconnect.com ]

So, revenue growth for Q4 2002 and Q1 2003 was fairly low, a growth of $2.5 Million. This is the low year over year hurdle AJ is comparing itself to.

Quarter over quarter growth is $7.4 million.


 10:03 pm on Apr 20, 2004 (gmt 0)

<Imagining the next news story>

"Ask Jeeves Indexes 100% More of Steveb's Pages"

.... when they go from one page indexed to two.


 4:52 am on Apr 21, 2004 (gmt 0)

hehe... I wonder if the jeeve's SERPs I see indexed in Google have anything to do with it.


 3:12 pm on Apr 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

Also a great article over here on how fast it is $$ growing:


Ask Jeeves reported a more than 50 percent increase in profits in the first quarter on the strength of its paid search listings partnership with Google.


 3:23 pm on Apr 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

Google accounted for 65 percent of Ask Jeeves' revenue. The companies' U.S. distribution agreement runs through September 2005, though either party can terminate it as early as this September. Industry analysts estimate Ask Jeeves commands as much as 80 percent of the money generated from the listings.


He said Ask Jeeves would continue to work with Google and independently to deliver better ad targeting to increase the 15 percent of search queries that result in clicks on advertiser listings.

Useful stat there for paid advertsiers.


 7:43 pm on Apr 23, 2004 (gmt 0)

Here's some useful information for those trying to advertise with AJ.co.uk (1,000 pound minimum):

I did a form submission and this is AJ's email response:

Delivery to the following recipients failed.


Hey Jeeves, having a formmail that doesn't work is a sad commentary on your website and your business.

You get a failing score for Website 101.

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