Ask vs Aol Comparison on normal searching

  • Ask is a search engine that user can type on queries to search the Web.
  • Queries does not need to be in question form.
  • Good answer session before other answers.
  • Search results are based on question answering web format.
  • AOL search results are powered by google.
  • Result mainly from GOOGLE, BING and other sites.
  • Lack of question-answer community.



  • Amount of result is not shown in Ask where leads to hard to evaluate query quality.
  • Amount of result shown in Aol which helps to identify better query for relevance results.


  • Smart answer are for popular question in Ask, where it form by a combination of automated data mining and human editorial.
  • Top results in searches are determined by expertise but not popularity.
  • Vertical search: Answer (default), video.
Smart answer in Ask.
Vertical search: Answer (default), video.
  • Results in AOL shows in categories of web, images, videos, news, shopping, maps.
  • Vertical search: Web (default), images, videos, news, shopping, maps.
Vertical search: Web (default), images, videos, news, shopping, maps.


Ask vs Aol

Comparison of normal searching between Ask and Aol.

Case sensitivity & Related search

Case sensitivity and related search in Ask.
Case sensitivity and related search in Aol.

Search suggestion

Search suggestion in Ask.
Search suggestion in Aol.

Spelling suggestion

Spelling suggestion in Ask.
Spelling suggestion in Aol.

Sponsered Links (Ads)

Sponsored links (Ads) in Ask.
Sponsored links (Ads) in Aol.

Safe search mode

  • Use strict filtering - filters explicit text, images, and videos
  • Use moderate filtering - filters explicit images and videos
  • Turn SafeSearch Off - no filtering
Safe search mode in Aol.

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