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About Ask.com

Ask.com is a question answering-focused e-business and web search engine founded in 1996 by Garrett Gruener and David Warthen in Berkeley, California. The original software was implemented by Gary Chevsky from his own design. – Google.com. Ask.com is a search engine that is renowned for its innovation in search technology and search boundary design. Ask provides information-rich content to its internet users.


In 1996 Ask.com was launched as ‘Ask Jeeves’, a partnership between entrepreneur David Warthen and venture capitalist Garrett Gruener. The idea was to form a search engine that spurred the users on to ask questions in their natural language rather than keywords. The character of Jeeves was a butler who was based on the popular character from the Jeeves & Wooster books. In 2006 the character was ‘retired’ and the website became known as ask.com.

The company grew rapidly during its first few years and its initial stock offering on the NASDAQ stock exchange occurred in 1999. Around the same time, two companies were purchased by Ask each designed to allow users of the search engines gets more relevant content. The first of these purchases was ‘Direct Hit Technologies’ a company which had designed software capable of organizing online content. The second company was ‘Teoma Technologies’ which used an algorithm to sort search results in order of relevancy.

On 21st March 2005, the next stage of Ask.com began. It was delisted from the stock exchange and was purchased by InterActiveCorp for $1.85 Billion. IAC began making changes straight away with the Jeeves character being phased out by September that year. In future advertising, the site would no longer be known as AskJeeves.com but Ask.com.

In June following year the next big stage of Ask.com occurred. This was the launch of the Ask3D Feature which really changed the way search results would be served up when the website was used. This feature allowed the user to see all relevant content on one screen, for example, if a business name was searched a map would appear. You would also be served up shopping information or music clips if you search for an artist. In addition to this, a pair of binoculars was added next to every search result which enabled the user to view a preview of the website without opening it up which was perfect for avoiding the less than savory websites.

In 2008 InterActiveCorp added the Lexico Publishing group of companies to its portfolio. These websites include the popular reference.com, dictionary.com, and thesaurus.com which further increased the amount of diversity that Ask could offer in its search results.

In 2010 Ask began focusing on more of a Q&A site with the launch of http://answers.ask.com with an iPhone app coming at a later date. Like similar websites such as Yahoo Answers this website allowed users to ask questions and obtain answers to them. Whilst this site is not as popular as other websites that offer the same services it did breathe a little bit of life into a wavering company.

Ask.com, formerly Ask Jeeves, as an Internet search engine that you can use to find relevant Web pages based on specific keywords has steps to verify your site on its engine. If you’re a website owner, getting your website indexed and ranked in major search engines such as Ask.com can benefit the success of your website. To submit your site to Ask.com, you must have a sitemap in XML format uploaded to your Web server. You can then submit the sitemap URL directly to Ask.com using the Ask.com submission URL.

Step 1

Open a text editor on your computer and paste in the following submission URL: http://submissions.ask.com/ping?sitemap=http%3A//www.URL.com/sitemap.xml.

Step 2

Replace “www.URL.com/sitemap.xml” with the URL of your website sitemap. Don’t include “http” or “https” at the beginning of your URL. Your sitemap must be in XML format.

Step 3

Launch your Web browser and copy and paste the entire submission URL, including your sitemap, into the browser address bar and press “Enter.” A confirmation message from Ask.com appears in the browser.

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