Ask Jeeves was renamed to "Ask.com" in 2005. Ask.com is a question-and-answer website. Its stated goal is to be the "most intuitive, relevant and personalised question-and-answer destination on the Web." The Ask.com service uses proprietary technology to extract questions and answers from material published on the web. In addition, Ask also offers a community forum which allows expert users to answer the questions posed by other Ask users. The process of registering with Ask.com depends upon what you want to register for.
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Go to the Ask "Developer Sign Up" web page or the Ask "Publisher Sign Up" web page (see links in Resources). As of January 2011 no direct link exists to either of those pages from the Ask home page. The easiest way to find these web pages is to click the "Advertise" link located at the bottom of the Ask home page or Ask search results pages. Opt to "List Your Ad Now." The Ask "Developer Sign Up" and the Ask "Publisher Sign Up" web pages may be found via the "Site Map" link at the bottom of the subsequent web page.
Fill out the "Publisher Sign Up" form if you want to register with Ask to display Ask advertisements on your website. Fill out the "Developer Sign Up" form if you want to register with Ask to conduct an advertisement campaign promoting your website through Ask.
Submit the form. An Ask representative will contact you via e-mail after reviewing your submission. The representative will provide you with formal registration instructions.
Create a site map for your website and upload it to your web host's server. A site map is a .txt or .xml file which lists the web pages on your website which are accessible to search-engine crawlers.
Launch your web browser.
Type "http://submissions.ask.com/ping?sitemap=http%3A//www." followed by the URL of your website site map in the browser's address bar. For example: "http://submissions.ask.com/ping?sitemap=http%3A//www.example-site-map.xml."
Press enter to submit the site map to Ask.
Tips and warnings
- Currently, in order to register with Ask.com to pose questions to other Ask users or to act as an expert to answer questions posed by other Ask users, you have to "Request an invite" to the community forum (see link in Resources).
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