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I think (a) either the Inktomi algo has changed and really helped me or (b) someone is using the Inktomi results in a way they were not before.
Either way, smiling face today.
Just checked the actual stats from one of the sites and these are the referrals I got:
Monday 4/8 ---- Monday 4/1
Yahoo - 393 --- 381
MSN - 376 --- 140
Google - 359 --- 349
AOL - 154 --- 152
Notice all SEs remained pretty much the same, except for MSN which increased 2.7 times.
At least now I know MSN is the culprit, a good culprit that is :)
Not sure why MSN increased so much, is it an Ink change or a MSN change?
BUT, and not to be contrary, I still see that search terms that were not doing well last week are now doing much better for me. The particular term that drove all my traffic from Lycos partners in the last couple of days is still generating a #1 position for me...
Last week it was down in the 20s.
Something HAS changed. Just not sure what.
Then, refreshing the screen, the results were much better -> in line with Google for the most part.
At the beginnign of the month, around the 2nd or 3rd, I had a pretty big spike in Ink driven referrals through MSN, which seems to be steady still.
The glitch with their db, though, might explain some of the strangeness with their traffic...