Possible Ask.com Search Update?

May 20, 2008 • 7:50 am | comments (2) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Ask.com - Ask Jeeves

We rarely ever hear of Ask.com updating their search index or algorithm. We rarely ever hear of Webmasters complaining or praising Ask.com about a recent change in the search results. But we have a solo post at WebmasterWorld from a member who has been there since 2002. The post says he has noticed a major change with Ask.com's search results.

WebmasterWorld paladin said:

Seeing some significant changes in the SERPs here. Most are positive for my sites which makes me a happy camper.

I have not seen any reports from any other forum on an Ask.com update. Also, the last time I reported about an Ask.com update was in October 2007.

I personally have been watching Ask.com over the last week or two for improvements in their index depth and freshness. I have been also testing that index for improvements in their query processor. The tests I have been running have continued to be very disappointing, to say the least. This comes after a year since announcing the Ask.com's new search technology, code named Edison.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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05/20/2008 01:09 pm

I changed URLs on a major site of mine about 16 months ago, using a 301 redirect. The other search engines reflected the new URL fairly quickly, but Ask is STILL showing the old one. That's pretty sad...

Michael Martinez

05/20/2008 04:11 pm

I'm seeing something but I don't know if it's been in place for a while or not. Their results are usually better than Google's in terms of relevance but they still lack depth because they refuse to show everything they know about.

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