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I must have missed when this happened. I went to see how About.com was doing and it's gone. The domain forwards to DotDash.   I'm not 100% sure what that site does, which is a usability issue. 

Ask.com is still out there but does anyone use it?

 

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Our small local businesses with web sites continued to get traffic from ask.com, aol, and some others over the years, even an occasional visit every 3 yrs or so from dmoz  Boy that has withered away.  OTOH duckduckgo delivers some traffic.  I hope it grows.  On our largest site with the best overall seo and high web ranking visibility across SE's in the last year duckduckgo traffic, still so remarkably low, was about 8 times greater than combined aol/ask.com traffic.  The absolute numbers are tiny as befits a local site.

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A lot of about.com stuff has resurfaced on Thoughtco.com.

Some of it is Good Stuff.   Much of it is Prattle.  I'll stop my comments there.

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3 hours ago, cre8pc said:

I went to see how About.com was doing and it's gone

Hooray!

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2 hours ago, earlpearl said:

OTOH duckduckgo delivers some traffic.  I hope it grows.

Make it grow. Make it your default search engine. Encourage others to do so which is what I just did. Stop using google as a verb.

Google will still be there when you need it. Yes because it still is better for the more than ordinary searches.

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I have been getting a steadily increasing amount of traffic from searchencrypt.com.

It's a privacy search engine (no I am not publishing porn or anything that people don't want to be caught looking at).

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29 minutes ago, bobbb said:

Make it grow. Make it your default search engine. Encourage others to do so which is what I just did. Stop using google as a verb.

Google will still be there when you need it. Yes because it still is better for the more than ordinary searches.

I find bing or google preferable for a local search as the map elements are informative.  Bing shows 5 local businesses with their locations on a map, google 3.  

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23 hours ago, EGOL said:

I have been getting a steadily increasing amount of traffic from searchencrypt.com.

It's a privacy search engine (no I am not publishing porn or anything that people don't want to be caught looking at).

I've also seen traffic from searchencrypt, but it is a teeny teeny trickle and to date significantly less than duckduckgo, which is also a teeny trickle.

These trickles can get really small and minutely trickelish.

To be more specific duckduckgo and searchencrypt together are less than 10% of bing traffic which in turn is about 5-7% of google traffic.  Like I said...a trickle.

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Glancing at a local restaurant site with data from mid '16.  60k visits.  About 60% google, 25% "direct"  (whatever that is).  100 visits from duckduckgo, 2 from searchencrypt.  Between start and now google traffic is down maybe 5-10% since mid '16.  Direct is up. 

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"direct" is supposed to mean typed in from the URL box in a browser ...and I suspect the same as unknown or something stripping out refer stuff out and/or URL parms from wherever it came from like an SE

Is this like Google fudging stuff it does not understand or know like in the other thread we had here a while ago?

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2 hours ago, bobbb said:

"direct" is supposed to mean typed in from the URL box in a browser ...and I suspect the same as unknown or something stripping out refer stuff out and/or URL parms from wherever it came from like an SE

Is this like Google fudging stuff it does not understand or know like in the other thread we had here a while ago?

I am very confident it is primarily app traffic as opposed to inputting the url in the top bar

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