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This is what we used to call a "flash crowd". Make enough noise, and of course your traffic spikes. It says more about the skill of their public relations firm than it does about the quality of their site.
April means nothing, this summer means everything. The real news will be if Teoma keeps its April visitors coming back.
Also, I've tried using Teoma on searches and they have a habit of turning up uninteresting pages, and missing the good ones. IMO Teoma is a lot of hype, but what they deliver stinks.
I have no idea what they update and what the criteria. There is one site not getting in at all, if it still hasn't by mid July we'll do one paid page. The others get a lot of AJ action, but not that particular one; there have been many links added, we'll see if that will do it to spur some activity. It worked with a Lycos/FAST paid, so doing one can't hurt to try.
Astonishingly Teoma is not even capable of handling non ASCII characters correctly.
Of course up to now Teoma just didn't need good international indexing - they are simply not present anywhere else than US and UK.
But to stand a chance on the www they will have to improve in that area. Remember, less than 50% of the worldwide online population are native English speakers.
All other big players, including AV, NorthernLight and Ink are far better equipped for international partnerships.
If people have been getting sites added in the last 3 months without paying Teoma, their update criteria has got to be totally bizarre. Not only is my site in the DMOZ, but also Looksmart and the Yahoo directory. What decent search engine would overlook all those for months?
They certainly have some interesting technology; the question is (I believe) can they scale (how does the quality change as they have more docs in the primary index) and does AskJeeves really have the resources to support an effort to compete with the likes of Google, FAST and Inktomi. Search costs a lot of money to run.
Oh and yes, they have excellent PR. Before they got bought, they certainly had a flurry of articles about them (and a nice one by Danny Sullivan), and AskJeeves has always been good at marketing a large answer database.
One more item, easy to move up Jupiter Media Metrix lists until you hit a point when you need million+ more unique visitors to get one rank higher on the ladder.
Oh, and the old pages that are in Teoma don't rank at all even though they performed well in Google, INK, and AV. So far I am not real impressed.
I listed a site back in March this year. Yesterday I was sent an email about being added. I checked and what to my wondering eyes should appear.... pages that appeared from January 2002.
At one point in time (prior to my notifiation) the site was listed correctly, and ranked no 1. It's been a long time since they have had the site listed correctly.
Listing a pages from over 6 months ago is pretty pathetic in my book!