I have noticed this lately too. Not only will some pages only show a few results, but sometimes a search query that SHOULD have thousands or hundreds of thousands of results only show 10 and one page.
I also saw a search where the sponsored listings were way down the page all the way below the 10 listings on the page. There are some bugs, but I only see it once in awhile!
I have seen this issue many times in the last few months, it also seems to happen more often for certain queries.
I have a site that is #1 for a single word search (not a very popular term) which says there should be 1,500,000 results but it often shows just 7! That's not bad for me as I have 2 of those 7 results, but it's poor for the user and will put people off using MSN.
I hope they sort it as variety of results is a good thing (especially if you do well on MSN :)
|I also saw a search where the sponsored listings were way down the page all the way below the 10 listings on the page. There are some bugs, but I only see it once in awhile! |
I saw the same thing, it looked like it was caused by their snippet not wrapping for one site. There's a visible feedback form on the bottom of every page though, so it's easy enough to submit a bug report.
Thanks for the info Marcia, I love MSN and would definately like it running smoothly as often as possible!
I also noticed this
MSN is not ever going to be a top contender from what I see of this search engine.
Why did they bother to develop a search engine at all.
From what I see they should just remove the regular search listing and just show PPC.
They are more than half way there already.
Some pages show 3 listings from search while the they show 11 PPC listings.
11 PPC listings! Don't ya think it's a bit much - lol
Hey don't stop there add 20 pop-up windows while you are at it.
MSN seems to be domninated by big time link swappers and link exchnage networks built on automated software that Google dumped at least two years ago.
>>>>MSN seems to be dominated by big time link swappers and link exchange networks built on automated software that Google dumped at least two years ago. <<<<<
Yep, that is EXACTLY what I'm seeing. Link farms and directory sites having nothing to do with a search are topping their SERP's just because they MIGHT have ONE link with ONE search word in it, then another link with the OTHER search word in it!
MSN rocks from where I sit. A lot may depend on what niche sites are in and who's being competed against. For different markets the scene is entirely different with any search engine.
I am NOT a big time player and NOT a big-time link swapper, in fact I absolutely LOATHE doing links and rarely bother except for an odd site I like here and there, to exchange links. And I've just had a record month, surpassing even last Holiday season - thanks to MSN.
As far as I can see, with MSN a lot depends on optimization and content on pages and within the site itself - and vocabulary rich content particularly. I've got a page ranking for a four-word phrase, and two of the words are not on the page, nor are they in any anchor text pointing to the page. Nothing to do with links.