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Read Dan Farber's first impression of Ask.com
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Ask is very nice, Well laid out, Good hints etc. But it is all wasted with three paid ads on the top and bottom of every page. That makes it difficult to tell the good from the bad. I'll Stick with what I can trust, GOOGLE. Richard
Richard (rerice), You think there are more ads on Ask than Google? A search on "mortgages" at both sites nets a page with less ad space on Ask. Both search engines have three ads atop the search results ? this layout is not exclusive to Ask. Google dedicates an entire right-hand column of the browser space to ads. Ask uses the same column space to provide alternate content types: a collection of image thumbnails, an encyclopedia entry, a dictionary definition, blogs. Sure, there are more ads at the bottom of the page, but I have to scroll to be bothered by them ? I like them crammed down there and I like my search content in the right hand column.