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Msn.com search results
results from msn.com vs live.com

 4:53 pm on Nov 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

Can someone please shed some light I just can't figure out whats going on. I have a site which is targeting a specific phrase. When i search the phrase in msn.com.au(australian version) i rank #3. When i search in live.com i rank #3.But when i go to msn.com and use the search facility there( which is where i expect most people search from) i can't find my site anywhere. I am in Australia but am targeting US audience.Would the results be better if i used a host thats located in the US? I don't understand why the results vary. Please help



 11:34 pm on Nov 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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[edited by: BillyS at 11:34 pm (utc) on Nov. 7, 2006]


 2:46 am on Nov 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

Thanks Billy
Do you not think it is something more simple like host location. If i do a search through live.com i am ranked #3 but if i go to the advanced options and select results from american sites i am not there. My hosting company is located in Australia. I f i moved it to the US maybe i will start to show up in the US results?
(MSN.com automatically shows results for US)

ninemsn and msn.com both use live for their results so maybe they rank local results higher?

What u think?


 3:56 am on Nov 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

>>Do you not think it is something more simple like host location.

I'm hosted in the US and have trouble ranking in the US, not Australia. For some reason I'm being penalized in the US (although MSN claims otherwise).

There are some theories around where a site is hosted, but I do not beleive this particular problem is related to location.


 2:06 pm on Nov 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

We have sites that do very well on ninemsn, Singapore, Brazil and Singapore sites for msn but when it comes to the main msn / live.com we are no where at all. We have the same problem on the other majors except Yahoo7 ( Australia ) where we do very well indeed.
The fact that we do well on these non US locations surely means there is nothing wrong with the sites, they have good original content and are local orientated for places in South east Asia, but when it comes to the 'main .com' of all the majors we are down in the hundreds.
The only reason I can guess for this has to be where we are hosted, I cannot figure anything else. We have 2 sites hosted in the US that actualy do quite ok on all majors, and these are newer, less pages etc than old established sites.


 4:18 pm on Nov 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

Thanks Asiaseo for the thoughts
I am going to move to a US based server and see what happens over the next crawl or two and i will let u know

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