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Ask Jeeves A Question? Why Bother?

The whole idea behind Ask Jeeves’ marketing efforts is that they make searching simple.  Unfortunately, in several ways, Ask Jeeves makes searching frustrating.  Especially frustrating are the five paid sponsor matches that appear at the top of each search result page, right below the rather large banner ad space.  Basically, if you set your monitor at the standard 800×600 resolution, all you will see are advertisements when you do a search at Ask Jeeves.  They have made significant improvements recently by acquiring the Teoma search engine and providing “normal” search engine results following their “Ask Jeeves A Question” results.  Still, if you want to find something on the Internet, Ask Jeeves is not the ideal place to start.  We have never seen a site listed on Ask Jeeves that we can’t find on another search engine easier.

Despite the frustrating user experience, people are visiting Ask Jeeves and searching for businesses, so you need to be listed.  Ask Jeeves maintains two search engine databases, one database of sites indexed by their spider, and one database of sites submitted through their paid listing service.  Being listed on other major search engines and directories, and having links back to your site will lead to being spidered and listed by Ask Jeeves.  Through, you can submit multiple urls to Ask Jeeves and Teoma.  Do not fear that your site will be removed from the Ask Jeeves free listing database if you pay for a listing.  The two databases are completely independent.  If you’re game, you can always try e-mailing Ask Jeeves for a free listing.  Include your url, title, and a brief site description.  Who knows, it may work.  It used to.

Ask Jeeves – The Most Frequently Misspelled Search Engine

Digging into search engine databases to see precisely how people searching for the Ask Jeeves search engine yields some very interesting results. The data could serve as a case study illustrating the importance of optimizing for misspellings of popular search terms. Of all the search terms that indicate that people are trying to find Ask Jeeves, the sixth most common is “ask jeves,” followed immediately by “ask geeves”. Interestingly, of the top 50 search phrases people use in their attempts to find the Ask Jeeves search engine, 21 are misspellings.

The most common misspellings for “Jeeves” are: jeves, geeves, jeevs, jeaves, jeeve, jevves, jeebs, geves, jeevees, reeves, jeevers, jives, jevess, jevs, and jeebes.

The Ask Jeeves search engine is located at It is clear from the numbers that people are searching for Ask Jeeves and that many people don’t know that the Ask Jeeves search engine is located at Perhaps would have been ahead of the game if they had decided to focus their marketing and branding efforts on “” instead of on “Ask Jeeves.”

Ask Jeeves Search Engine Analysis


None. The Ask robot will visit your site if there are solid links to it.

Pay them or wait.

Click on “Browse by Subject” tab at the top.  The Ask Jeeves directory is a copy of the Open Directory (

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Ask Jeeves’ search products are currently used by, InfoSpace, iWon, MSN and Lycos.