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Question: So in future, we'll have ability to swap out URLs?
Jim: "We'll see, but I hear you. We are aware of Inktomi's program."
Question: What's difference in traffic between premium listings and "regular" search results?
Jim: "Do you mean between Premier Listings (Featured Sponsor) and Paid Inclusion? There are two differences: 1) You are guaranteed that your listing will show up; 2) You are guaranteed that it will show up in a specific location on our page."
Question: Are Premier Listings twice as likely to be clicked on, for example?
Jim: "Premier Listing is really just an ad. With Paid Inclusion, you aren't paying for anything other than being included in index and then being subjected to same relevance algorithms that give us our other results, but with other benefits that I mentioned earlier.
"In terms of click ratio, I suppose it depends on how relevant your site is to a given query. The match rate of a site that buys ad space on our site is much more significant than one that purchases via paid inclusion for now."
For more information about Premier Listings, visit: http://static.wc.ask.com/docs/advertise/premier.html.
Question: Let's say that I have a Web site: http://myownwebsite.com, and let's say that my goal is for it to become an "authoritative" site in Teoma. Could you give us some tips on what we can do to try to be considered by Teoma as an authoritative or expert site on a particular subject?
Jim: "Our recommendations are as follows: 1) you allow people to link to you; 2) you offer quality content so that you become popular among other sites of same subject (i.e., experts). Basically, that's it. None of our expert sites or authorities are manually decided. It's based on our algorithms."
Question: On Teoma, are Teoma and Ask Jeeves results combined?
Jim: "Well, there really is no such thing as an Ask Jeeves result. There are pre-fab, editorially selected `answers' to certain queries that may appear at top of page if we have a high level of confidence that we have right answer. But as far as actual search results go, it's all Teoma...and we'll layer in Direct Hit click-pop at some point soon."
Question: But Teoma results ARE being shown at Ask Jeeves?
Jim: "That's exactly right. The part of AJ page that says, `You may find these search results helpful' has Teoma results. They were launched in January (and by no coincidence, we immediately saw a 30% increase in picks to those results.)"
Question: The "Featured Sponsor" section of Ask Jeeves, is that Premier Listings?
Jim: "Yes it is."
(End of interview/chat session)
Let's take a longer look at Teoma
If you haven't visited Teoma yet and performed a few searches, you need to do so (http://www.teoma.com/). It's a really cool engine with some very interesting and helpful features.
For example, it's a no-nonsense engine like Google with one purpose only: search.
When you search at Teoma, you're given three sets of results:
* Results, which are relevant Web pages from Teoma index;
* Refine, which are suggestions for narrowing your search;
* Resources, which are link collections from experts and enthusiasts.
So with Teoma, if your search results are too broad, you can immediately narrow them down by choosing one of suggestions in Refine section.
And, in Resources area, you'll find "experts" in that particular focus area. This is an excellent place to find related and important sites that might be good candidates to contact about swapping links.
More on Ask Jeeves
Ask Jeeves is "question answering" search engine, which puts it into a class of its own. (http://www.askjeeves.com)
At top of search results, you'll see a "featured sponsor" section, which is their Premier Listing advertisement that we've discussed previously.
With some searches, you'll see a "sponsored links" section, which are results currently being provided by Overture. However, on September 3, Ask Jeeves will be switching to Google for their paid listings.
Then, you'll find search results from Teoma, followed by a section called, "Other people with your search have also asked:" In that section, you'll see additional questions that may help answer your initial question, with results coming from Ask.com.
Like at Teoma, you can narrow your search down by choosing one of search terms on right-hand side of page.
Ask Jeeves recently entered into an agreement with Google to display their Google AdWords in Ask Jeeves results effective September 3, 2002. Those results will be shown at both Ask Jeeves and Teoma as "sponsored links." For more information, visit: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline echnology/AP-Ask-Jeeves-Google.html
Teoma has taken over old Direct Hit site, and I believe we'll see some big things out of this fascinating engine in future.
Ask Jeeves is as it's always been: unique - a place where you can go and ask a question and be presented with several possible answers.
If you haven't submitted your site to Ask Jeeves/Teoma, and if your site isn't found in Teoma index, I strongly suggest that you consider their pay inclusion program and become a part of their index.
Robin Nobles, Director of Training, Academy of Web Specialists, (http://www.academywebspecialists.com) has trained several thousand people in her online search engine marketing courses. She also teaches 4-day hands on search engine marketing workshops in locations across the globe with Search Engine Workshops (http://www.searchengineworkshops.com).