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I have since learned to check words before buying them on Overture. I check to see if the ads will appear on MSN at all, and whether Yahoo shows 2 or 4 results at the top of its results page.
That's a good idea. I'll have to start the same pracice.
But I've checked MSN for my and several other keywords, and there are 1 or 2 "featured" sites from ABOUT and a couple slightly related from MSN sites (like shopping at MSN, MSN 8.0, etc.)
For example, "web development" provides two sites (#1 and #4 from ABOUT) and that's it. The rest seems to be just MSN regular search results.
Anyone know what's going on? After all, MSN is a top 5 property...
I stickied you a couple of terms that are showing on both MSN and Overture but now that I went back and looked at the keyword phrase above the top 3 Overture results *are* showing on MSN under "Sponsored Sites" right where there're supposed to.
>>two sites (#1 and #4 from ABOUT)
"In the case of MSN, only listings for selected terms relating to the following general categories are displayed:
That's what I found out from Overture customer support.
"Rohan said Overture is likely to lose revenue because one of its main customers, Microsoft, is increasing investment in its own search technology."
This could just be MSN starting to shift towards that investment. That would explain why not all of your terms you bid on at Overture show up at MSN. Who knows tho. We all have read rumors/articles about MSN ditching Overture. Just got to wait and see I guess.
Have they gone for good? Anyone know anything?
My traffic from sites in the web pages section has shot up!
If they have gone - it is excellent news for SEO specialists.
Glitches like this (OT listings disappearing) occur with boring frequency. Sometime L$ and INK listings disappear too!
Any new input on this? Our traffic has taken a bit of a hit since this began.
I would think that the looksmart listing you see should appear in the "web directory" section - not the "web pages" which is Inktomi.
Regarding the original post though - my areas are still showing sponsored sites.
Someone posted here a while back - that they come and go, probably as work is being done etc.
Also, there are certainly some types of websites which never get through to MSN.
I've been watching them almost daily, but nothing has changed. We've been happily listed on MSN through Overture for about a year before this.
(PS. I'd love to get rid of ppc, but unfortunately it's necessary when our competitors buy placement above our listing.)