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Ask Crawl Banned sites?
Not sure if I have a penalty or not.

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Msg#: 535 posted 10:38 am on Feb 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

I used to get good results from Ask about 8-10 months ago and then I was dropped and Jeeves bot stopped visiting my site.

Anyway Jeeves bot is starting to show intrest in the site again - anyone had experience of penalties expirying? - or is it just that Ask crawls banned sites sometimes?



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Msg#: 535 posted 3:04 am on Feb 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

I am told by someone at Ask that when Ask bans a site, it does not normally send bots to index it during the banned period. Recent bot activity may suggest the site may come back into the index, but that is not always the case. Some bot activity, such as "experimental" crawls disregards black/spam lists.

So I would guess, if you see normalized bot activity over time, that may suggest that the bot is not part of an experimental crawl. Since I do not work for Ask, I cannot say for sure.


10+ Year Member

Msg#: 535 posted 1:04 pm on Feb 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

Thanks RustyBrick.

I am getting a fair amount of the site crawled - not just 1 or 2 pages - in the hundreds.

Fingers crossed. Not sure why banned so maybe a recrawl will sort it out.


WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

Msg#: 535 posted 1:07 am on Feb 26, 2006 (gmt 0)


I have experience of this.

Ask will keep hitting your site hard and nothing will change, it will keep taking bandwidth - for now

Then at the next update loads of your pages will feature for all sorts of keywords, a number that you wont expect.

Its something to do with related content search - i would bet any money you have secured some links from some site that ask likes thats similar to your site content and thats what triggered it.

For now let it do its thing, its a short matter of time perhaps three/four months and you will start showing in the serps.

Two sites we work on that this happened on get as much traffic from ask as MSN! - if i knew how to start it off i would do it on other sites we work on to get them ranking but i dont and its a mystery but the link comment i made is relevent im convinced.

Good luck

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