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Previous Domain Owner Penalty

Doomed forever?

5:19 am on Jan 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I bought a domain in early 2003, built the site and was no where to be found in the google and ask serps...
I contacted Google in late 2003 and i was told (not directly but i could read between the lines) that it was a previous domain owner penalty and after they verified it was now a legit site, i was in the Google Serps within a couple of days.

However, almost 3 years later i am still not in Ask... If i search for my domain the site does not appear. The site in question has many links from .edu sites, several dmoz listings, it was cool site of the day at msn nz, and even the BBC has linked to me...

Communication with Ask is not existing, i did contact them once, but no answer...

...so does that mean, if a domain has been banned, it is dead forever at ASK?

4:39 pm on Jan 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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You can contact us via this page: [webk.ask.com...]

Please choose the "Help with getting your site listed" option and please enter comments on why we should review it.

Kaushal Kurapati
Senior Product Manager for Search, Ask Jeeves, Inc.

8:03 am on Jan 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Thank you Mr. Kurapati for your reply,
I did as you adviced and even put your name and this thread as reference...

lets see if and how this works out! :)


2:55 pm on Jan 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Please keep us posted, I am tracking this thread. :)

8:53 am on Jan 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Well it`s been over two weeks and nothing, not even a canned reply, but maybe Google, Yahoo and MSN got it all wrong and my site just sucks...

Interesting enough my site IS in showing in the picture search, so does Ask use two different indexes for search and pictures?


1:38 pm on Jan 31, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Thanks Viggen, this thread was helpful for me, at least.

I hope you get a response soon. :)

11:34 pm on Feb 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hi - Like you I'm failing to get my site registered at Ask and I just can't work out what's wrong. There are plenty of sites listed with links to my site but my site doesn't exist as far as Ask is concerned. My business is a little steam train - not E-commerce or anything -I just want people to find my site so they can see when the trains are running! We're doing well on Google at the moment, and Yahoo, but Ask treat us like we don't exist. I sent an email and got a useless reply. They call themselves a search engine but I reckon they couldn't find an elephant in a bedroom. They certainly can't find a railway in Gloucestershire!

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