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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 (http://www.onlinewebtraining.com).