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In March alone Ask spidered 400,000 pages from one of my sites alone, yet none of the pages show up in the index. Pages from other sites are in the index but are hopelessly outdated, between 6 and 12 months old. From my logs there is literally zero referrals from Ask at all.
Not sure why you dont get any referral from ASK. They send me nearly as much traffic as MSN.
Not sure why you dont get any referral from ASK.
Could be the topic matter. Some topics don't feature ten AdWords ads above the fold.
They've recently backtracked and promised to reduce that amount to seven ads above the fold, but that's still too many. They show more ads on top than Yahoo. Even MSN shows only three ads on top. MSN says too many ads degrades the user experience.
I have to add that showing that many ads on top makes AJ irrelevant to many webmasters because their advertising arrangement causes less organic referrals. A shame, really. They have a great technology and I would love to root for them. But they need to straighten out the excessive advertising units first. Otherwise they're going to stay irrelevant to webmasters.
With the cheap price of bandwidth, might as well let them take your content, they might see the light down the road and decide to do the right thing.
Regarding the time frame I'll wait another couple weeks. Only yesterday I noticed that the 400k site is spidered yet again heavily by Ask, this time pulling about 10K pages a day.