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I have no idea how some of these affiliate links are showing up above mine. In one case, the only mention of the keyword on the whole page is in the affiliate link on the affiliates website.
I would hate to see the inktomi serps filled up with affiliate links. In theory, you could see the entire first page with the same website listed but with different URL's.
While this is good news for those in the affiliate game, it is bad news for everyone else. I hope mine is an isolated case. I also hope Inktomi is smart enough to see that this is not intentional spam.
I think MSN is using a geo-filter to boost US sites on .com, and has erroneously classed my sites as UK. The only reason I can think of for this mis-classification is that several UK sites were linking to my US sites. Does anyone know of another explanation for this?
I'm basically trying to get an idea of what % of Looksmart's customers will drop them entirely because of MSN going away.
"We're sorry to hear that you wish to cancel your account. If you are canceling because of the recent announcement about MSN, please note that LookSmart's relationship with MSN will continue until January 15..."
Sounds like they have already been hit with many cancellations because of MSN.
MSN was supposed to drop LookSmart by today, January 15th.
Just checked again... They do seem to be gone now.
I wonder, if LookSmart had been searchable separately, say with a directory tab the way Google's directory works, whether...
a) Anyone would have listed with them at all...
b) Whether we'd be less happy to see them go.
That arrangement, where you had to wade through all those listings to get to the search results, is what bugged me most about them... but I hope the PPC conversion will serve as an example to all other engines and directories about how not to do business.
It appears that MSN like Google has multiple data centers, and just like google, it takes a while to propagate.
I have never kept an eye on MSN in the past, but does anybody know how long it takes for MSN to update all their datacenters on average.
This is the search result where I see FeedPoint redirect.
Anyone knows what's going on?
So all URLs which were in the L$/MSN feed as of that date appear to now be receiving free listings in the MSN directory. Very lucky for agencies who put feeds into L$. They are now getting free traffic from MSN! As are the people who allowed themselves to be extorted by L$ who are also now getting a pile of free traffic. Should help out the people who were in Zeal too.
Anyway, this is nothing to do with L$ - just MSN using the last update as the basis for their directory (for the time being). For those of you in it, suck up the free traffic while it lasts. we deserve a reward for paying L$ for so long :)
Anyway, L$ must be really annoyed!