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3:08 pm on Jan 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Looks like the top 3 ppc ads are MSN supplied, with Overture taking up the 4th and ads on the right side. Not very wise since I see the same site listed twice in the 3rd and 4th spots.

The rest is Ink.

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EEEK! - whew.

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3:49 pm on Jan 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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hmm...I'm just seeing all INK?
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I see the sponsored sites at the top still being overture from the UK, that goes for those at the right hand side too...
3:55 pm on Jan 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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if that's ink results, I like!
3:57 pm on Jan 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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nothing to see here at all. Just same old msn using ov and INK
3:59 pm on Jan 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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regular msn here too.
4:03 pm on Jan 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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brett just curious whats with the eeek-whew?
4:13 pm on Jan 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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They're getting BT's search right but do I see a smack on this:
[search.msn.com...]

And it's showing Web Directory results for me.

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4:34 pm on Jan 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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[search.msn.com...]

Whats up with the auction site listing? Out of curiosity I clicked that link... a top placed google #1 site is at $51 right now. :)

4:52 pm on Jan 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I like how number 4 is a broken link to ww.google.com hahaha
4:57 pm on Jan 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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markus those are INK results, not msn beta

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I think someone is seeing something different than a few of us are.

We are seeing pure ink and heavily laiden with bizarre results like that ebay result in the middle of the ebay search.

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Of course it is Ink and Overture that's why I wrote what I wrote at the top.

Looks like the top 3 ppc ads are MSN supplied, with Overture taking up the 4th and ads on the right side. Not very wise since I see the same site listed twice in the 3rd and 4th spots.

The rest is Ink.

The top left of the page says Beta MSN Search.

This isn't the Featured Sites -> Sponsored -> Web Pages results from before.

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UK IP - Did a search for Freeserve, 1st advertiser result was looklistings served by doubleclick.

href="http://looklistings.co.uk/cgi-bin/go/ref=http://ad.uk.doubleclick.net/clk;4941666;7733589;d?Http://www.freeserve.com/time/broadbandaccess/?llama=adname=free00777:0001;adfield=ms-dlist"

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MSGRAPH

Is there a way you can post a sreen shot here of that? Is that allowed?

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Title bar says "More Useful Everyday".

I would rank that with "Nothing Works Better"

5:36 pm on Jan 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I see totally unique results. Confusing but unique!
5:48 pm on Jan 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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[toolbar.msn.com...]

Did anyone of you install it?

5:54 pm on Jan 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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At least they cleared out that LookSmart garbage again - hope it lasts.

I feel sorry for y'all that have paid inclusion, but in the travel related SERPs LS was including tons of amazon affiliate links with their own aff code and aff links to expedia, etc. "Featured Sites", more like "Total Garbage".

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Looks kind of spamy from my end. Some sites I have not seen in a while..ones that google kicked out for life.
Im sure they will be cleaning things up like google has.
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Looks like it always does, post a screen shot of a page saying MSN search beta.
8:00 pm on Jan 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I think the results look good, I hope this sticks.
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[beta.search.msn.com...]

Give this a try if you can't see it through the regular search.

9:10 pm on Jan 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Great clean look, hope this goes live all the way around soon!
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Ok, see the new look, looks good. Just the look is new, results are still INK right? That's what i see, new look, same results as the msn.com
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Thanks for the link. Yah, guess it's a new look with same INK serps.

It will feel pretty strange if Yahoo! launches their search with the same exact listings as MSN :)

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The forth listing (the first in the 'web directory section) is for 'Google Personals & Chat' and it is a redirected affiliate site for AdultFriender.com.

This is a perfect example of the spam that Ink is full of.

I think it's funny that the first listing shows how flawed Ink is. I hope they figure out how to fix things soon though. I'd love to see Ink return qualified results.

[edited by: worker at 10:38 pm (utc) on Jan. 28, 2004]

10:32 pm on Jan 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Results look unique for me and I'm lovin'it! Nice and clean layout, good relevancy. First time when using MSN is a pleasant experience. Hope this sticks.

What I like most is that paid ads are now clearly separated and the whole SERpage looks the way it should.

10:35 pm on Jan 28, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Good layout. Same old serps. Good to see a change though.
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