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It's able to interpret what you're looking for better than anyone else. It's really good at guessing what you're after.
The results are (generally) less spammy than what I see elsewhere. BUT (it's a big one) Ask's results are stale - very stale.
294 - March
940 - April
1037 - May
1278 - June
3290 - July (projected)
This website only has around 1,200 pages. So I'm starting to wonder:
Is Ask finally going to come around and provid "fresh" results? If so, they might be a contender. They are doing a lot of advertising in the NY Metro, which is a very expensive market.
The odd thing is that the section of the site getting the traffic is a basic Amazon data feed store so it's pretty dead as far as main stream search engine referrals go.
I really think they should start accepting URL submissions like the 3 decent search engines out there,,
They spent more money advertising that search engine on UK TV than i've seen just about any internet company spend ,, all for what!
Let me guess, poor rankings for you = poor search engine.
I haven't seen any published data on relevence, but a couple of months ago I conducted a test (which consisted of a series of about 10 questions from a grade school homework assignment) Ask did the best job of interpreting the search query and returning the appropriate results.
And for the record, I probably get less traffic from Ask then I should. But that doesn't make me sour on their search engine.
I know a 1 year old website in one off my categories that has an Alexa rank better than
I know alexa rankings are not definitive, but within the top 100,000, they're quite good,,,,,
As for spidering it has purges on some of the sites we work on but i recently noticed one site getting a real pounding by the bot, i mean very heavy spidering, normally where ive seen this in the past the site in question has improved in the ask search results - we will see this time.
In conclusion, i notice ask is increasing its bot activity over all so perhaps it is about to deliver something.
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