|I just have to laugh|
MSN is so "off" in results
Today, AOL managed to beat MSN in overall number of referrals. I'll concede that they ran neck and neck with ASK before AOL made that strong run. Final result - Google, Yahoo!, ASK, AOL, MSN.
I did try to implement the mystical "less is more" concept, and let it run for maybe 60 days. Dumped that because I'd rather have a little higher keyword density than the .000000005 that MSN apparently likes.
Been active since 1999, have multiple sections of the site with constantly updated pages, "content is King" has been one of the focus points.
While I'm appreciative that I don't need their traffic to survive, I really find humor in the progressively "bad" results. Maybe, since Vista is launched, they'll start to focus on the functionality of both products. It's the MSFT way.
We had high hopes for MSN, also for Yahoo, but referrals are still very low from both, we get more from Forums these days than from MSN. Overall the number of referrals from forums and blogs have increased substantially over the past few months. Perhaps people are changing how they seek information.
Yeah, things are just not looking good. Just look at all the threads in the MSN forum rehashing the same sentiments.
Google, Yahoo!, ASK, AOL, MSN
We have the same result as far as referrers. However when it comes to which search portal brings in the money ... well guess what MSN referrals have the highest percentage rate for us. about 12% vs all the others around 4-6%.
MSN brings in so litle traffic that I really don't care if they convert 100%, it's kind of a non-issue.
For organic results, I focus on Google and Yahoo!, conversion might not be as great, but it still allows me to buy a steak now and again.
For a long time, MSN seemed to think I had about 190 pages on my site. Other engines were of the opinion that I had well over 10,000 pages, and spidered those pages regularly. Last time I looked, MSN had figured out that I had at least 210 pages on my site.
I removed a 301 redirect that all other engines understood, and had to replace it with an "on-page" re-direct so that MSN could figure it out.
I really can't get worked up over their results, it makes me laugh and eventually I'm sure they'll be able to provide some kind of significant results. Maybe in 2014 or so when all the other search engines have moved on to a different form of search technology?
I have seen an enormous improvement in recent days.