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How to do well on msn.com and msn.co.uk?
What would be the best way to achieve this?
bluemi

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 532 posted 5:08 pm on Jun 21, 2005 (gmt 0)

It seems that msn.co.uk has a preference for sites with .uk domain endings or sites that are hosted in the UK. I'm adminstrating a .com site that is hosted in the US but the company actually caters about mainly for UK customers. The site does well on msn.com but is hardly visible on msn.cu.uk. I have now bought the companyname.co.uk domain which right now has a 301 to companyname.com. What would be the best way to reach good positions on msn.co.uk? Moving to a UK host is not really an option.

 

figrin

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 532 posted 2:49 am on Jun 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

I had exactly the same problem (but for Australia/NineMSN)

Some I configured apache to accept both .com and .com.au. 301 everybody from .com.au to .com except if it's msnbot, in which case 302 every .com to .com.au

It's working since the last update.

Adversity Sure Fire

5+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 532 posted 6:09 am on Jun 22, 2005 (gmt 0)

Is it possible to set up 301 and 302 redirect according to SE's for the same site...

steve

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 532 posted 12:00 pm on Jun 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

Moving to a UK host is not really an option

Moving to a UK host, is a pain, and will cost more, but if you get more targeted visitors/sales it could be worth it.

We are in the same position and are going to move when our current hosting plan expires in August. In our case mainly to target UK Google users.

Just Guessing

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 532 posted 11:06 am on Jun 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

.COMs hosted with a UK IP address used to be fine on msn.co.uk but are now nowhere to be seen since this last update.

bluemi

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 532 posted 11:37 am on Jun 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

Hm, I still see them...

steve

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 532 posted 11:39 am on Jun 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

COMs hosted with a UK IP address used to be fine on msn.co.uk but are now nowhere to be seen since this last update

Are you sure, a quick check shows plenty in the serps?

This is a major blow if its true.

petehall

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 532 posted 12:34 pm on Jun 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

Are you sure, a quick check shows plenty in the serps?

This is a major blow if its true.

It's true alright.

You will find the odd .com, however .com domains are now at a severe disadvantage as .co.uk are given more priority.

It's pretty much a total disaster for MSN Search UK.

steve

10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 532 posted 11:14 am on Jul 1, 2005 (gmt 0)

It's pretty much a total disaster for MSN Search UK.

And for all UK focused .com websites!

I hope this is temporary and that Google doesn't follow suit.

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