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So my questions are:
Is this a fairly new search engine?
How many searches or visitors does it handle a day?
How is it humanly possible being 6th from the top and gotten no hits!? hehe
[edited by: heini at 10:39 pm (utc) on Sep. 22, 2002]
[edit reason] no site specifics please / see TOS [/edit]
Maybe somethings wrong with my webstats.... Or maybe people just aren't clicking it.... Guess i just find it hard to believe to be 6th from the top for that search and not get any clicks!
[edited by: heini at 10:40 pm (utc) on Sep. 22, 2002]
[edit reason] yep, again ;) [/edit]
Guess i just find it hard to believe to be 6th from the top for that search and not get any clicks!
Of course that depends on what the keywords are; or more specifically on whether many people actually do search for those terms. But if you know they are worthwhile terms and you are getting traffic on them from other search engines, as c3oc3o said it would be reasonable to expect substantially fewer hits from AskJeeves or Teomo than from Google, MSN, or AOL (though of course there probably are exceptions).
Anyone else had a similar experience? Frankly almost all my hits now come from these three: Google, Yahoo, and MSN, in that order. Whether paid or free, they are the source.
Nobody except with major prescience would have predicted that Google would have the influence it has now 3 or maybe even 2 years ago.
Im sure one of the reasons that Google treats us kindly now is that were indexed by them from the start. Its why we care about where we are NOW in Teoma, Alltheweb, and Wisenut.
The Web moves fast...
Yes, that's true more referers from ODP than AltaVista and AOL. My site is rather small and new though, it may be an exception rather than the rule.
Btw, what are your bets for the SE of the future:
Teoma / Fast / WiseNut?
I agree about looking to the future; so it is important to pay attention to Teoma, WiseNut and Fast. But so far, I don't see those at their stage now, as having what Google had when it first started, and if you asked me to be specific about that, and quantify it, I don't believe I could. But - I don't think they have what Google had, and now has. But who's to say what the future holds.
Also I did forget to include AOL. Since Google started providing their results I have gotten a lot of traffic from AOL, actually now better than what I get from MSN.
Have also started to pick up some Netscape clicks, from their Google listings.
Precisely. While the ODP may be a club of corrupt SEO quacks, it is for some reason used everywhere. Very important for PR.
I'm not knocking them for doing it, it's just that you can't call yourself an academic search engine when ranking can be bought. The only way to submit a new site is by paying them.
As a user, it makes me think the SERP's are tainted ("hmm, paid search engine, guess I won't be able to find research papers, homepages, etc.").
As an internet marketer, I don't like paying for a one-page submission to an engine that doesn't send traffic ("hmm, $30 per page, but I have 15,000 pages, Teoma hardly registers in my logs, why bother?").
I really don't like to rag on Teoma because I was pretty excited about their concept when they debuted, but the paid inclusion blew it for me. If they would simply offer a legitimate, working "free add url" option, and also juggle some of these results into their SERP's, then their credibility would rise quite a bit.
I did find a lot of my own sites that were spidered. More weight seemed to be placed on sites with Yahoo! and ODP directory listings. I also found some SERP's that seemed to include and bear weight on PFI sites, when compared with Google SERPs. I even found a few SERP's for popular searches that incomprehensible as to why the #1 results were even listed.
Even though my impression may have been somewhat incorrect, I'm willing to bet that many other people have the same impression because of exclusive PFI. Teoma should still offer a "free add url" option - maybe with a time limit (6-8 weeks), and refer to the PFI as "Express Inclusion".
I don't mean to sound cynical. If I didn't think Teoma had merit, I wouldn't be posting this message -
Ask Jeeves is doing nicely for me too. Nice steady hits. Slow but steady growth. It is looking good. If it is women using it (and I suspect you are right) this is a very powerful market. The AJ UK version seems to be catching on too.