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No Overture on MSN.co.uk?
Overture listings not being displayed

 9:53 am on Sep 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

Anbybody else not seeing any Overture listings on MSN.co.uk? It's not on the beta search pages, as the url comes up as:



 9:55 am on Sep 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

Look to the right.


 9:55 am on Sep 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

I am seeing sponsored listings - from top three overture sites.


 12:52 pm on Sep 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

MSN said last month at the SES conference that the UK is rolling out what the US will later do with Overture's listings.

Specifically, they'd been somewhat selective about what they'd carry. Now they're going to take everything Overture has.

Listings (at least in the UK) should show up both "inline" as usual and sidebar-style. That's what I see right now for "cars":


Now here's the twist. Let's say that your inline ad isn't pulling many clicks. MSN will decide it isn't that relevant, so it gets demoted to sidebar status -- and someone in the sidebar area gets promoted.

I noticed earlier this week I couldn't even get to MSN Search UK at all -- so watch for construction. It's essentially the testing ground for what MSN wants to do in the US and elsewhere, so there will probably be glitches along the way.

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