Proof Ask.com Is Dead

May 5, 2010 • 8:53 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Ask.com - Ask Jeeves
 

askWant some solid evidence that Ask.com is dead and webmasters don't care about it? Just check the date of the last post in the WebmasterWorld Ask Forum and you will see, the last post was just over six-months ago. Yes, it has been half a year since a webmaster asked a question or pointed out a change with Ask.com. Why? Because webmasters don't care about a search engine that is not a search engine and sends them little to no traffic.

I have been giving Yahoo a hard time but Ask.com also deserves a new anti-Ask.com post from me. I am sure the PR people will reach out to me to try to schedule a meeting that will never happen but hey - that is the PR game. I look at webmasters for them to tell me what they find important. To not have a post at WebmasterWorld for over 6 months, well - that is just embarrassing. In Jim Lanzone's days, you would never have seen that, never!

Here is some history on why I am so fed up with Ask.com. I think Ask.com is not about search, their technology is falling apart and they try to monetize everything as best as they can. They tried to drive more life into Ask in the UK by bringing back Jeeves, soon later Jim Safka left for personal reason (but joined a new company shortly after). Yes, and they recently killed Ask Japan. I believe since Diller ripped the soul from Ask.com, Ask.com would ultimately be a failure. And looking back, I am sad to say, my prediction (as well as others) seems to be dead on. Diller should just give it back to Rutgers already.

Forum discussion, sadly - none.

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Comments:

Brian Mark

05/05/2010 01:26 pm

Even when they were sending traffic, the conversion rate was terrible from their traffic. Guess they're saving us some bandwidth by dying. ;)

Alistair Lattimore

05/05/2010 01:47 pm

I don't care about Ask.com for two main reason: 1) they aren't a search engine, they are the thickness of a piece of paper away from being a virus 2) through lack of development and innovation, they've become irrelvant. Ask.com deliver less than 0.2% of the organic traffic & a similar percentage of revenue to one of Australia'a largest hotel chains As such, I apply approximately that percentage of my time caring about them as well.

Kristen

05/05/2010 04:10 pm

I'm so glad to read this post. I've often thought "my competition is advertising that they include you in Ask.com, who cares?" Now I have a solid answer, no one.

No Name

05/06/2010 12:07 am

good riddance to old rubbish. bye bye ask.com, your irrelevant results and desperate advertising campaings shall be forgotten forever

peter1a

03/08/2013 03:28 pm

Sorry but the bastards are alive and well and now have convinced some software vendors to build them in and not give the poor client the right to refuse ! We need an Anti Ask.com BOT !!

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