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MSN dropping looksmart means better results for inktomi pages?
I hope
sabai




msg:19285
 6:43 pm on Jan 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

MSN should be dropping looksmart any day now - mid January - contract expires on Jan 16th or thereabouts if I am not mistaken... so until something takes it's place, all the LS results for those big, popular keywords are going to just disappear. So, presumably the inktomi results that usually follow are going to be displayed higher in the SERP - MUCH higher.... Juicy!

Is anybody else as excited about this as I am, or am I missing something?

 

nolen1




msg:19286
 6:54 pm on Jan 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

" Is anybody else as excited about this as I am, or am I missing something? "

Me! I can't wait! My sites rank very well in Inktomi. I hope msn.com does the same as msn.co.uk has done. The web pages section has been moved up to replace the directory listings.

panic




msg:19287
 1:04 am on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

MSN already dropped LookSmart listings.

nolen1




msg:19288
 1:24 am on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

"MSN already dropped LookSmart listings."

Then where are the directory results coming from? They are different than Looksmart's. I thought Looksmart's results were supposed to stay until the 15th. And why has msn.co.uk dropped the directory listings?

panic




msg:19289
 7:33 am on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

I'm noticing that the search results say "Beta" at the top (for me, anyway). These results do not have LookSmart listings.

sem4u




msg:19290
 8:16 am on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

I have just run some queries through msn.com and it seems like all the direcory sites (LookSmart listings) have now gone, leaving featured sites, sponsored sites (Overture) and web pages (Ink).

sabai




msg:19291
 10:06 am on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

MSN already dropped LookSmart listings.

I'm still seeing web directory results for msn.com over here n the UK.

nolen1




msg:19292
 12:34 pm on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

Last night the directory results were included but today they ARE gone. That's great!

sabai




msg:19293
 2:41 pm on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

I still see them over here, but it can't be much longer :-)

agerhart




msg:19294
 2:43 pm on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

sem4u,

I also see the results without LS directory listings.

pmac




msg:19295
 2:50 pm on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

Yup, L$ gone from here. :) :) :)

ogletree




msg:19296
 2:51 pm on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

My ls listings were gone this weekend but came back yesterday and are still there. They are just testing it. I think they will remove completly very soon.

panic




msg:19297
 5:25 pm on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

The MSN Beta logo has been replaced with a botched MSN logo.

[search.msn.com...]

Kelowna




msg:19298
 3:58 pm on Jan 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

I am still just seeing Looksmart at msn from Canada?

sabai




msg:19299
 10:10 am on Jan 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

Hey, party time! They've gone from the UK! Happy days!

Kelowna




msg:19300
 4:41 pm on Jan 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

They are also gone from Canada now this morning!

bostonBeans




msg:19301
 9:52 pm on Jan 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

I no longer see Looksmart as well (Illinois). What I am seeing in the layout of the featured, sponsered, and web page listings is very intersting though. This is what I have seen so far:

(1) query with sponsered, featured, and web page results: featured on the top, sponsered on the right (and only on the right), and web pages directly under featured results.

(2) query with only sponserd and web page results: sponsered results on the top and on the right, and web pages directly under the top sponsered results.

So far, this looks like you will always have web pages as the second group of results after either featured or sponsered results.

This has got to be great for anyone with good placement in Ink.

-bB

Dave_T




msg:19302
 1:28 pm on Jan 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

Gone from the US this morning

bobothecat




msg:19303
 1:54 pm on Jan 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

Concur... gone from the US (Virginia) this morning - no more Looksmart. Yippie!

jeffb




msg:19304
 1:57 am on Jan 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

Then why am I still seeing LookSmart on MSN on January 17th? Is anyone else getting this?

kevinpate




msg:19305
 2:52 am on Jan 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

gone gone buh-bye from where I sit in OK. I'll miss the web directory listings, but fortunately, the web pages section has not been unkind to me either, so no tears.

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