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I know MSN uses Inktomi which is now owned by Yahoo. So does this mean by default if I use SiteMatch the pages will be in MSN?
Overture Site Match does provide results through to MSN - it is still part of the distribution.
Where did you get this information from?
I can almost guarantee that if Site Match was going to be powering msn that positiontech would advertise that on their website (which they dont). It is true that if you paid to have inktomi pfi previously that you would remain pfi'd on msn but I hadn't heard anything about new pfi signups for msn.
However, if you go have a look at MSN results, you will see they are definately Yahoo! Slup results, which includes Overture Site Match.
Read into that what you will.
I believe that this relationship will continue unti mid to late 2005 but don't quote me on the exact date. It does depend on when Microsoft will have their own msnBOT in a commerically ready state, a sufficent index to provide relevant results and determine their method of making money from results. A lot of ducks to get in a row first.
It should be obvious that MSN will not be mentioned because MSN will switch to something else at some point, and that point is not known to the resellers. Positiontech isn't going to promise you'll be in MSN if they can't deliver on such a promise. They didn't promise people would be in Yahoo and people are still crying about it anyway!
I decided to try to get back in by submitting though Inktomi...worst mistake I ever made. Now my site has some sort of penality on it and my money was not returned. I would have probably been ok to try to get back into the natural listings without the PFI.
Now my question is, do I have a chance of getting into the msn results by submitting my site through the free url in this thread, even though my site has been penalized by inktomi?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
do I have a chance of getting into the msn results
First, did you ever rank well on msn? Reason I ask is that Google never powered msn. I'm wondering if you really have a penalty or maybe you just aren't optimized well for the new Yahoo! index. Simply paying to be included won't rank you well...it just guarantees that you are included.
If you do have a penalty there is nothing you can do. Best to get new domain if you ever want to rank on msn or yahoo.
Go to msn and type in the exact title of your website (if its a fairly long title) or some other long text from your website.
If you site appears at the bottom of the serps, then you are probably penalized.
Another thing to try if you have a bunch of backlinks to your website is to type in the domain name of your site. If other sites that just mention you appear before you, you might be penalized too.