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MSN dropping looksmart means better results for inktomi pages?

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6:43 pm on Jan 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

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MSN should be dropping looksmart any day now - mid January - contract expires on Jan 16th or thereabouts if I am not mistaken... so until something takes it's place, all the LS results for those big, popular keywords are going to just disappear. So, presumably the inktomi results that usually follow are going to be displayed higher in the SERP - MUCH higher.... Juicy!

Is anybody else as excited about this as I am, or am I missing something?

6:54 pm on Jan 12, 2004 (gmt 0)

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" Is anybody else as excited about this as I am, or am I missing something? "

Me! I can't wait! My sites rank very well in Inktomi. I hope msn.com does the same as msn.co.uk has done. The web pages section has been moved up to replace the directory listings.

1:04 am on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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MSN already dropped LookSmart listings.
1:24 am on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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"MSN already dropped LookSmart listings."

Then where are the directory results coming from? They are different than Looksmart's. I thought Looksmart's results were supposed to stay until the 15th. And why has msn.co.uk dropped the directory listings?

7:33 am on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I'm noticing that the search results say "Beta" at the top (for me, anyway). These results do not have LookSmart listings.
8:16 am on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I have just run some queries through msn.com and it seems like all the direcory sites (LookSmart listings) have now gone, leaving featured sites, sponsored sites (Overture) and web pages (Ink).
10:06 am on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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MSN already dropped LookSmart listings.

I'm still seeing web directory results for msn.com over here n the UK.

12:34 pm on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Last night the directory results were included but today they ARE gone. That's great!
2:41 pm on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I still see them over here, but it can't be much longer :-)
2:43 pm on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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sem4u,

I also see the results without LS directory listings.

2:50 pm on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Yup, L$ gone from here. :) :) :)
2:51 pm on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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My ls listings were gone this weekend but came back yesterday and are still there. They are just testing it. I think they will remove completly very soon.
5:25 pm on Jan 13, 2004 (gmt 0)

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The MSN Beta logo has been replaced with a botched MSN logo.

[search.msn.com...]

3:58 pm on Jan 14, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I am still just seeing Looksmart at msn from Canada?
10:10 am on Jan 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Hey, party time! They've gone from the UK! Happy days!
4:41 pm on Jan 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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They are also gone from Canada now this morning!
9:52 pm on Jan 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I no longer see Looksmart as well (Illinois). What I am seeing in the layout of the featured, sponsered, and web page listings is very intersting though. This is what I have seen so far:

(1) query with sponsered, featured, and web page results: featured on the top, sponsered on the right (and only on the right), and web pages directly under featured results.

(2) query with only sponserd and web page results: sponsered results on the top and on the right, and web pages directly under the top sponsered results.

So far, this looks like you will always have web pages as the second group of results after either featured or sponsered results.

This has got to be great for anyone with good placement in Ink.

-bB

1:28 pm on Jan 16, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Gone from the US this morning
1:54 pm on Jan 16, 2004 (gmt 0)



Concur... gone from the US (Virginia) this morning - no more Looksmart. Yippie!
1:57 am on Jan 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Then why am I still seeing LookSmart on MSN on January 17th? Is anyone else getting this?
2:52 am on Jan 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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gone gone buh-bye from where I sit in OK. I'll miss the web directory listings, but fortunately, the web pages section has not been unkind to me either, so no tears.
 

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