Yes. I've been bugging Paul about that every time I run into him. It's a great move and I applaud it heartily.
Woo-hoo! Go Jeeves!
I really like Jeeves' search methodology, appreciate the technology behind it, and I (like many other webmasters) wholeheartedly welcome an alternative choice. Ask Jeeves serves a great demographic [static.wc.ask.com], has neat technology like the "Natural Language Questions Clustering Tool [webmasterworld.com]," plus the recent Tuckaroo purchase and the ad serving potential (combined with the Max Online [maxonline.com] acquisition), position Ask Jeeves as one of the most exciting search engines out there. :) Woo-hoo! Go Jeeves!
No traffic? No loving.
Nevertheless, as webmasters, we are still experiencing the phenomenon of minimal referrals from AJ- unless we advertise on AdWords. This has a negative impact on referrals, which impacts how we feel about Ask Jeeves. No traffic: No loving. :(
I have one website that is about a popular hobby (especially popular with women, a key Jeeves demographic). So far this month it has received XXk visitors from Google, and Zero from Ask Jeeves (124 from iwon, and 2 from excite). Even though for a popular search phrase my site occupies three positions in the top 5 in AJ, my logs still show Zero.
Is it the frame that is masking referrals? Or is it the ten AdWords ads preceding many results? I'm sure you can appreciate how a webmaster might feel (at best) indifferent about Ask Jeeves.
We are rooting for you
JeevesGuy, I'm glad you're stopping by. It's a good step toward rehabilitating the relationship between the webmaster and AJ, a relationship that can be beneficial for the both of us. What webmaster (or competitive search engine) would not applaud a dynamic alternative?