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Defeating MSN Geographical profiling.
MSN listings are prioritized by Country

Msg#: 1138 posted 8:00 pm on Oct 15, 2003 (gmt 0)

I am now convinced that MSN is ranking its listings by source country.

We are listed as #1 for MSN Canada (where we are located), and in the 30's and 50's for MSN USA and MSN UK respectively, for our top keywords. We are ranked #5 in Ink.

As 90% of our product is shipped to the United States, we do not appreciate being discriminated against due to our country of origin.

Im sure that a lot of us who are based in Canada and the UK and who ship to the US market does not appreciate this also.

MSM is going to become more and more important, so it is now time to come up with a defence against Microsofts geograhical profiling of companies for SERP rankings.

Has anyone done any ground work on this, or have
determine how Microsoft is doing their profiling.

Will I need to move my webhosting to an ISP in the United States, or is their less drastic measures that can be done?


jeremy goodrich

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Msg#: 1138 posted 9:11 pm on Oct 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

Don't know how their geofiltering works myself, anybody else up to speed on this?


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Msg#: 1138 posted 9:25 pm on Oct 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

Same problem here: server is in USA, and doesn't do well for any search on MSN Italy. Not sure if this is just geotargeting, since they seem to have mixed sets of results between Msn USA and Msn Italy. Would love to know more, by the way.

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