>>>I happened to not renew my Position Tech Jeeves subscription
I believe the site submit program has been discontinued. So afaik it's impossible for anyone to renew their url's after August 30th. And if they're having a related meltdown, I'm not sure it would make a difference.
In any case, Ask Jeeves site submit was an incredible waste of money for me. It was only useful for validating AskJeeves' impotence in sending traffic.
I submitted my top url's to AJ to track them officially through their own metrics. All urls were and presently are in the top 3 of AJ results. In a year they received Zero clicks. ZERO.
Zero Clicks. If not for AdWords, I would have received zero traffic from AJ.
Getting back on topic
I don't see any of my pages dropping from AJ, but I wouldn't notice the difference if they did.
AJ via Teoma, have the potential - and i will say that word again '"potential"' to be a threat to all other search engines, but they seem to be happy with biting at .x% gains in overall annual search traffic.
Personally have never understood the lack of drive since they acquired Teoma - which was certainly an up and coming engine, could you imagine what MS would have done with the technologies of Direct Hit and Teoma.
MB - i did it as well - was never sure if i made a single penny, just concentrated on chasing the money that was being made from other SE's.
I totally agree with you Martinibuster. I personally feel that AJ is a sorry excuse for a search engine.
How can AJ be considered a serious search engine when they are ONLY interested in making money and NOT interested in building a quality search engine. Displaying 10 sponsored results before the organic search results is simply a JOKE.
I paid for the site submit when i launched my site a few years ago. I didn't need to renew because by the time the subscription ran out, i had acquired enough links and was able to maintain my rankings. Not that it would have bothered me if i lost all my ranking on AJ.
When are the going to get rid of the frame. AJ is not just a JOKE but a BIG JOKE for a search engine.
I see now why MB grilled AJ at the conference and why AJ didn't have much of a response...
I just checked last months logs for an amateur site of mine. This site dominates all the SEs, including ask.com. Google and Yahoo are WAY at the top. Over 9,000 inbounds from Google, and 2,500 from Yahoo. MSN brought in about a 1,000 hits, and 500 from ask.com.
From logs I've seen of other amateur sites on totally unrelated topic to mine, thing is typical. As caine wrote: "they seem to be happy with biting at .x% gains in overall annual search traffic." I'm confused as much as everyone else here seems to be. Why the lack of drive, and the urge to compete? AJ is a pretty good search engine.