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Ask Jeeves unveils new search

   
2:02 pm on Apr 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

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The Emeryville, Calif.-based company on Monday is set to unveil "Smart Search," which includes new features to essentially provide the most relevant responses for queries. The enhanced technologies build upon the Teoma search engine Jeeves bought in September 2001.

For instance, a person seeking an image can use the search bar and ask: "What does a jaguar look like?" The results will display images of jaguars as well as a list of search results.

source - https article on Etrade

3:21 pm on Apr 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Well, I tried some obscure searches, and what stood out to me was the ten totally irrelevant sponsored listings that took up all the space above the fold. not impressive at all.

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3:28 pm on Apr 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

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They say

Easily search for Pictures, News or Products simply by clicking on the button under the Ask Jeeves search box.

But it appears they forgot to put these under the search box on the main page. Makes it a two-step process. Click 'search pictures,' go to Most Popular Picture Searches (ignore Britney), then start your search.

Pointless.

5:29 pm on Apr 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

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the picture search seems to be using Picsearch (.com)
6:34 pm on Apr 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Something about Ask just doesn't wanna make me wanna use it. It is the frames when you load a page how its still owned with their layout at the top and the colors of their page. Their frontpage reminds me of a powerpoint slide :/ I'm #1 for all my terms with them though ;) I see a few hits a month but not much. And the advertisement for the top ones were rather intense in the days.
6:44 pm on Apr 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I've always thought of Ask as being a tool for kids or non search savvy people.
6:56 pm on Apr 21, 2003 (gmt 0)



anyone actually get good traffic from ASK?
7:41 pm on Apr 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

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They've started to send some pretty good traffic this month, so far up from 0.7% to 7.8%. Saw the change on the 1st and it's carrying through.

Had crawled the heck out of one site until the 17th, grabbed each page about 3 times in two weeks. Site had previously always been well-crawled, just not as extensively.

7:55 pm on Apr 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I tried several searches. The first two brought up some appropriate photos, but four additional searches after that brought up "Dash it, there are no pictures for: what I searched for at this time."

Its a great idea and I hope it works out ... but I think they have a lot of work ... not to mention indexing still to do! :)

8:17 pm on Apr 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

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AskJeeves has a surprising market share (considering how ugly the site has always been) and they do send me traffic. The quality of the search results has improved in recent months as near as I can tell as Teoma has improved. Playing around with it today I didn't see how the new features added much, though.
8:51 pm on Apr 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I had a guy (a developer, I'm guessing) at ask.com email me complaining that I wasn't a "good web citizen" because I was breaking out of their frame -- even though my site's terms of use has said emphatically for years that you may not frame my site.

I emphatically pointed this out and they not only stopped trying to frame me, but began sending me a lot of traffic based on a certain kind of Ask query phraseology.

Mike

8:57 pm on Apr 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I get very nice traffic from ask, #4 after Google, Yahoo, MSN.
9:07 pm on Apr 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

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They say
Easily search for Pictures, News or Products simply by clicking on the button under the Ask Jeeves search box.

But it appears they forgot to put these under the search box on the main page. Makes it a two-step process. Click 'search pictures,' go to Most Popular Picture Searches (ignore Britney), then start your search.

Pointless.

Or you can just ask for a picture of.. say ..Chris Webber

I know it's time consuming to ask. :)

oh, to be fair...
picture kobe bryant

GO KINGS!

12:42 am on Apr 22, 2003 (gmt 0)



I have found i get pretty much nil from these other places.. I will just focus on Google...
4:29 am on Apr 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Say WBF, aren't those totally irrelevant ads supplied by Google?
1:53 pm on Apr 23, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Amongst other I run a travel related non flights site in the UK. ASK referals are now on position 4 and have a significant (20%) higher conversion rate. Well worth some more efford.
9:53 am on Apr 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

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"AskJeeves has a surprising market share (considering how ugly the site has always been) and they do send me traffic."

I've got relatives that really enjoy using AskJeeves because they say

"you can type in a question and it gives you an answer."

While the same is true of all search engines I don't know of any that emphasise the "natural language" approach as offered up by Jeeves and his "what can I help you find today".

And while the site design might be ugly (although at least it IS a design where other engines just put a logo!) after you type something to search for the page of results is broken down so that a user can see..typing in "Cars" as a keyword..

1. Where can I find information on the new xxx
2. Where can I research or buy a xxx
3. Where can I find a quote for xxxx
4. What kind of extended warranty is best for my vehicle?

And this kind of reasoning makes sense to some of the people I know. Also, these people don't care who is supplying who or whether it was paid for or not(which is also something that can sometimes be overlooked when deep in the SEO debates).

They only want an answer.

I rarely use AskJeeves but then I don't consider myself an AskJeeves target, but for those that do I know they think that "the butler is so helpful!"

I'd really like some proper data on AskJeeves target market, as I would the others. Not "we supply 70% of all searches", but something that tells me more about the real end users. This kind of information would be really handy as you could then direct users coming from search engines to a site design that reflected that search engines demographic (ooops, is that cloaking!).

Mary aged 60 is not going to have learnt the same usability rules for website surfing as James, 25, who's just completed a degree in Computer Science. And at the end of the day that could cost you a conversion, and I would like my clients to succeed instead!

Glyn.

11:38 am on Apr 25, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I have to say that I had never been interested in this search engine until the last few days that I looked at our site stats. Traffic from them has gone up by 250% from Feb and 120% from last month! They are now number 3 right after Yahoo (Google is still number 1). For 1.3 million-hits a month site, this is a very significant increase indeed and they must have done something right!
4:47 pm on Apr 28, 2003 (gmt 0)

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anyone actually get good traffic from ASK?

I'm seeing an increase on hits to very deep pages...

12:22 am on Apr 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

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anyone actually get good traffic from ASK?

I get many visitors from ASK -- only trouble is, I'm paying for them through AdWords. I think that the biggest issue standing in the way from actually seeing and realizing ASK-based traffic, is the fact that actual SERPS are too far "below the fold"

8:45 pm on Apr 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

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>>anyone actually get good traffic from ASK?

Yes 4th after G, Y!, MSN. Good quality to and it is growing. All on a free listing.

 

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