Ask.com

Big picture: We liked Ask because they kept trying to do something different. We also liked that they started in business in 1996, the same year we started. But they were always coming up frustratingly short in our minds—and they stopped advancing their search engineering in 2010, which means they haven’t improved a jot since then. Instead, the engine continues to show ad-heavy search results, followed by results curated from the Ask Media Group Network (a.k.a. content their parent company has created). Ask.com has also been in the news in recent years for exposing users to malware.

Even in light of all of these troubles, the site still ranks at #319 in global internet engagement, per analysis by Alexa.

 

Ask.com Search Engine Analysis
URL:
http://www.ask.com/

FREE ADD URL:
Create a sitemap and ping Ask by typing the following url into your browser window: http://submissions.ask.com/ping?sitemap=http%3A//www.the URL of your sitemap here.xml

THE KEY:
Don’t worry.

DIRECTORY:
None.

SEARCH RESULTS:
The results are basically old Teoma results.

RELATIONSHIPS:
In January 2000, the company (Ask) purchased Direct Hit. Ask purchased Teoma on September 11, 2001. Ask.com is part of IAC Search and Media, which includes Daily Beast, Serious Eats, Investopedia, Vimeo, and many more.

ASK NEWS FROM OTHER SOURCES:

Google Spars With Barry Diller’s IAC on Marketing Practices, Wall Street Journal, December 6, 2020

The Google graveyard: Remembering three dead search engines, Engadget, September 25, 2018

Ask.com can hijack your computer using Java updates, Los Angeles Times, April 16, 2015

Ask Joins Jeeves In Retirement, Leaves Search Space – Frank Watson, November 9, 2010