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MSN pulls ahead of Y
All this crawling is paying off

 12:13 am on May 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

Our site has been getting hammered by the msnbot over the last few weeks. Several days ago, hits via MSN pulled ahead of Y, (still behind G, of course). Really, it's quite remarkable...

We are currently getting the msnbot, 65.54.x.x, picking up pages within hours of them being online. I always found the googlebot very impressive, but this activity is on an order several times greater.

Perhaps Bill is using his vast resources, now thrown into search, to move ahead of G in freshness, (Google's big claim to fame).

I'll take the traffic wherever it comes from, so whatever...



 12:24 am on May 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

I have seen this has well from MSNbot, but Googlebot still comes to my site more, but not to much more. Hope this means that my sites rank high, but maybe not!


 12:52 am on May 27, 2004 (gmt 0)


I'm not sure exactly where the extra MSN traffic is coming from yet, (it can't be because more people are suddenly using MSN), but it seems widespread... (we usually get arrivals on over 50 kw combos a day from the various SE's and I haven't parsed things yet). The only thing I can figure is that MSN has found that we add new pages regularly, and is putting them high in their serps, or perhaps has shunted everything higher because it's a very active site. Sure as hell though, it's suddenly bringing in more hits than Y.


 3:01 am on May 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

MSN is still using yahoos (inktomi overture) results.

The msnbot is in testing period and the results of the crawling are not live.

Therefore your traffic coming from MSN is based on the crawled data by yahoo company.

That you get more and more traffic from the MSN portal is not difficult to investigate.

MSN is default page on every computer. Therefore average joe that doesn't change his homepage will always end up there. As well there are some bundles in UK/US (MSN broadband).

Last is that you will be taken to MSN search everytime you type an URL that is non existant.


 3:08 pm on May 27, 2004 (gmt 0)


Still coming from Y, eh?

I've had my traffic as G, Y, & MSN for ages... now it's G, MSN, then Y.

That bloody msnbot is sucking all that bandwidth for nothing? So it goes...


 7:18 pm on May 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

Just be happy that they know your web site is out their! ;)


 1:19 am on May 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

Yep. When MSN actually goes live, at least we know that we're in their index.

Being a senior member and all of that, (shouldn't have posted so often), I should know what the MSN situation is... I just haven't payed much attention because it's been the low SE on the totem pole.

I'm going to start watching it, after the next expedition... (I'm back in the underground in a week, where there is no internet).

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