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Ask Jeeves Stops Site Submit

Paid inclusion program is gone. No plans for XML feeds.

     
4:32 am on Sep 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Ask Jeeves has discontinued the Site Submit program. As of August 31st, 2004*, we stopped accepting paid URLs into our index.

Moving forward, Ask Jeeves is committed to continuing to improve our organic crawling capabilities and indexing all content on the World Wide Web.

I am not sure if this is good news or bad news. Ask was the last paid inclusion (in traditional sense, not counting the Paid inclusion + CPC model). Is this the death of Paid inclusions?

Untill now, my experience with Ask for sites (which are not PFI) was bad. Any reactions?

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I have no personal experience with Ask's PFI program but somehow I think that given the relatively small amount of traffice that Jeeves seems to produce these days compared to Yahoo or Google the number of people who were participating in their Site Submit. When Jeeves doesn't even crack 1% some months in my logs I don't think that their program had much added value.

It seems like most attempt at PFIs are always having trouble finding a happy medium where webmasters are convinced that it is worth paying for the improved ranking but where the end users don't flee because the first page is dominated with advertising.

I don't know about the webmaster but Jeeves is probably better off without PFI. Hopefully they will try to improve their organic results enough to make up for any lost revenues through other means of advertising.

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"When Jeeves doesn't even crack 1%"

Also depends on your placement with them too though. But, yea, even with top placement, they are no wear near the other three - I have a few sites that do very well in AJ, but we're still talking less than 5%. But, if they keep up the momentum they've had lately, those numbers may continue to rise.

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Ask Jeeves has discontinued the Site Submit program. As of August 31st, 2004*, we stopped accepting paid URLs into our index.

Resellers are currently still selling Ask Jeeves Site Submit - until September 30th. See my previous announcement in this forum.

XML Feeds were ceased in March where it was announced during SES NYC.

11:23 am on Sept 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I've used it once and it was not a very good experience - glad its gone.

I've found good old fashioned SEO does the trick with AJ.

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3:19 pm on Oct 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Help me understand this:

There is no way to add yourself to the Teoma/Ask Network?

The only way is if someone already crawled links to you?

How can they give relevant searches to find companies that dont have a link strategy?

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We are relying on expanding our index 'organically'. There are many ways to discover new sites and we are harnessing those techniques.

-JeevesGuy

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JeevesGuy your crawler fetched over 300,000 pages from my site but i only see 28k in the index. Do you include all files the crawler fetched into the index?