Many search engine optimization professionals have long hoped that Ask.com, the scrappy search engine underdog, would give the big three (Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft) a run for their money.
While analyzing web analytics log files, I noticed that
the Ask.com bot, Ask Jeeves/Teoma, stopped crawling my Antezeta web sites on February 22/23, 2008. Yet I see a post from early May in the Ask.com search results.
And then there were three. Too bad. R.I.P. Ask.com.
Disclaimer: due to Ask’s low market penetration in Europe, I did not verify that Ask has stopped crawling other websites. I hope someone will prove me wrong, but I would be rather surprised, given the bigger picture.
- Search engine Teoma is back. But will anybody notice, much less care?
- Decrypting Ask’s Web Search API
- Yahoo Directories in Europe RIP. Did anybody notice?
- Web Text Search is Hard. Image indexing is even harder. Just ask Cuil.