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Why am I so low in Ask?

 7:14 am on Oct 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

Im doing a search for "blue widgets in a city" which are my key phrases, however Im having site with less PR and backlinks, how are they so higher then me.?

Do I need to submit my site to them or something?

[edited by: caine at 11:37 am (utc) on Oct. 25, 2004]
[edit reason] kw specific - against TOS [/edit]



 7:19 am on Oct 22, 2004 (gmt 0)

Well PR is a Google calculation for a start.

How are you doing in Google and Yahoo?

You can't submit to Ask Jeeves - you just have to wait for the free crawl. If you are in the index, then the spiders will come back at a later date to re-crawl your content.


 11:42 am on Oct 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

Obviously waiting for the re-index is going to be a key point.

Try looking at what exactly ask is parsing out of your competitors sites, that gives more value to ask than your site, and consequently higher ranks in ASK.


 7:42 am on Oct 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

Ahh sorry chaps, very new to the SEO game.

So just to clarify. In Ask I have done a seach for my phrase and I have come up on the 2nd page near the bottom, which is okay for now considering I havent worked on it yet.

The thing is, I cant understand if the page that is listed is the latest cache of my site, as the description is has I cannot determine where it is in my files!

Does any one know where the data is read from, ie meta descriptions or something?
actually one sec....i think I have sort of answered my own Q, I have just checked my Stats. AskJeeves gave me 14+12 hits(what does that mean) and the last visit was 25th October at 03:55........so I should expect one soon?


 7:52 am on Oct 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

check you stats - is the visit a referral through ask, or a visit by one of there bots crawling your site?


 8:01 am on Oct 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

Googlebot 1246+70 18.85 MB 27 Oct 2004 - 07:32
Inktomi Slurp 202+139 3.17 MB 27 Oct 2004 - 16:40
Unknown robot (identified by hit on 'robots.txt') 0+206 72.35 KB 27 Oct 2004 - 13:54
Unknown robot (identified by 'crawl') 137+25 1.22 MB 27 Oct 2004 - 05:32
Alexa (IA Archiver) 59+43 643.39 KB 27 Oct 2004 - 06:44
WISENutbot 67+3 643.18 KB 26 Oct 2004 - 03:59
Unknown robot (identified by 'robot') 53+4 861.58 KB 17 Oct 2004 - 04:11
AskJeeves 14+12 224.01 KB 25 Oct 2004 - 03:55
LinkWalker 4+3 77.87 KB 24 Oct 2004 - 17:59
Scooter 2+4 32.63 KB 11 Oct 2004 - 12:50
Voila 3+2 48.26 KB 22 Oct 2004 - 12:41
Walhello appie 1+3 11.59 KB 27 Oct 2004 - 09:44
Netcraft 2 0 08 Oct 2004 - 17:13

* Robots shown here gave hits or traffic "not viewed" by visitors, so they are not included in other charts. Numbers after + are successful hits on "robots.txt" files

Does this mean I have 14 hits from users using ASK and 12 from the acutal ASK BOT?


 7:03 pm on Oct 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

can any one shed some lit on my stats?

what does it mean by the + sign, also whats the bot for Yahoo, is it visiting me?


 7:13 pm on Oct 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

Frankly I wouldn't spend 2 minutes optimizing my site for Ask.

If you want AJ traffic, use Adwords - that's where all their visitor traffic goes.


 7:31 pm on Oct 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

makes sense, thanks for your opinion


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