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I know this has happened with them before so I suppose just hoping they someday might get their act together would be the only option, but more sinisterly I happened to not renew my Position Tech Jeeves subscription for one single page on two domains, and then a day or two later, poof, all pages on both domains are gone. Hundreds of pages.
I believe the site submit program has been discontinued. So afaik it's impossible for anyone to renew their url's after August 30th. And if they're having a related meltdown, I'm not sure it would make a difference.
In any case, Ask Jeeves site submit was an incredible waste of money for me. It was only useful for validating AskJeeves' impotence in sending traffic.
I submitted my top url's to AJ to track them officially through their own metrics. All urls were and presently are in the top 3 of AJ results. In a year they received Zero clicks. ZERO.
Zero Clicks. If not for AdWords, I would have received zero traffic from AJ.
Getting back on topic
I don't see any of my pages dropping from AJ, but I wouldn't notice the difference if they did.
Personally have never understood the lack of drive since they acquired Teoma - which was certainly an up and coming engine, could you imagine what MS would have done with the technologies of Direct Hit and Teoma.
MB - i did it as well - was never sure if i made a single penny, just concentrated on chasing the money that was being made from other SE's.
How can AJ be considered a serious search engine when they are ONLY interested in making money and NOT interested in building a quality search engine. Displaying 10 sponsored results before the organic search results is simply a JOKE.
I paid for the site submit when i launched my site a few years ago. I didn't need to renew because by the time the subscription ran out, i had acquired enough links and was able to maintain my rankings. Not that it would have bothered me if i lost all my ranking on AJ.
When are the going to get rid of the frame. AJ is not just a JOKE but a BIG JOKE for a search engine.
From logs I've seen of other amateur sites on totally unrelated topic to mine, thing is typical. As caine wrote: "they seem to be happy with biting at .x% gains in overall annual search traffic." I'm confused as much as everyone else here seems to be. Why the lack of drive, and the urge to compete? AJ is a pretty good search engine.