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Getting found in US engines not UK

uk search engines help



12:13 pm on Nov 13, 2003 (gmt 0)


I have submitted my site through inktomi only and am getting great results for my site through msn.com but when i do a search on msn.co.uk my rankings are rubbish. does anyone know a way of inproving my uk listings in this case?

Cheers, Frank

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5:38 am on Nov 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

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You need to get your site listed in the Looksmart directory to get any decent traffic from MSN UK, as I understand they only use looksmart as a backfill. It costs to get in LS so get your wallet ready, make sure you get your keyword in the title when you submit if possible.


6:24 am on Nov 16, 2003 (gmt 0)

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You need to write to Inktomi and the company that MLM'd the listing service and ask them to move you over to the UK listing. Nobody including MSN or Inktomi can explain this but they either have different flags on the database or separate databases. I had to do this here in Singapore and it worked. Be aware however you will immediately lose your status in the msn.com listing.

Working on behalf of one of my clients <snip> went to page 1 in msn.com.sg (useful) and page 20+ (useless) in msn.com in the same day for the search "<snip>" so i've just moved the problem sideways for them. I think the local country variants have to exists to stop local governemnts getting upset but the promotion and effort goes into the master msn.com engine. If you live outside of the USA you need to be in both but nobody will explain how we get there.

Frankly there is a huge bias towards US companies in the structure of all search engines which i figure has to be outside of some of the WTO rules. I am trying to raise this as an issue here without much success.

Lycos, Inktomi, Submit-it and MSN (yep 4 parties in the transactions) deny doing anything to our msn.com listing but as my dad always says liars lie and the stupid are stupid. The sooner Bill buys google and dumps the MSN search engine the better in my book. MSN is the default engine for windows so it has a lot of users but its crap and entry into it is sold through practises that are the worst of MLM in my opinion. You pay, lots of people take a cut, nobody has any responsibility, the product is questionable and no guarantees for anything other than a listing somewhere undefined.

*Soap box off*

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