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Mirago's Henry out crawling!

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8:44 am on Jul 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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We don't see Henry around as much as we'd like, however, make sure your sites are ready as Henry's out there, right now.
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Could you let us have the IPA etc.

Thanks

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A site search at WebmasterWorld will bring up most of the info you need about Mirago. ;)

[webmasterworld.com...]

[webmasterworld.com...]

[miragorobot.com...]

Mirago's robot is quite well behaved and is easily identifiable in the logs.

HenryTheMiragoRobot" "http://www.miragorobot.com/scripts/mrinfo.asp

217.154.244.234 is the latest IP logged

9:21 am on July 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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That was quick:)

Many thanks!

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Do you get much traffic from Mirago? Iíve got some very good keywords in but hardly ever get a hit
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Don't forget that Mirago is also building up its partner list. Obviously this is on a very small scale, but it is still encouraging to see that they are growing. I am not sure whether their partners take all of the results, including the crawled ones, or just the sponsored listings.

Anyway, here are the partners that I know of:

Ask Jeeves
DogPile
UK Net Guide
Wahooma
Searchy

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Henry comes round every month but there is hardly any traffic.
12:42 pm on July 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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There SERPs are way off the benchmark, and though i met the head of tech of Mirago, at the london conference last year, they have got a heck off a way to go, to start delivering reasonable results.

Hopefully this crawl can get their index a little better sorted out.

2:38 pm on July 27, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I've had some increase in traffic through Mirago listings - Henry trawling could help that situation more now. IMO for Mirago to continue growing that bot has to come out every month and as it's UK specific, maybe once a week would be better to keep the content fresh.

On another tack - has anyone noticed an increase in their Mirago ppc clickthroughs recently? We have been getting great conversions through their featured listings primarily because the traffic is predominantly UK-specific I guess! Just need about 1000 times more to really get cooking!

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I had a meeting with their Managing Director about their inclusion and XML feed programme and they were intent on providing a better crawl rate and service.

At the time they were confident that they were crawling 300 million UK pages - the most visible UK pages of any search engine.

I would like to add that although that sounds great it does have to be started and managed manually at this point.

In my opinion the results are poor and are easily manipulated by high density keyword pages. That doesn't really matter as they drive little traffic through the main results - it mostly comes from the PPC listings that are hidden in their XML feeds to partners.

I notice they have released their inclusion programme to the public - they asked for my opinion on pricing (I hope they took on board that you can pay $25 for Inktomi and get decent traffic through MSN in the UK).

...Maybe not.

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Several of my sites are regularly crawled by Henry. However I've yet to see a single referral from Mirago.
Also my site's ranking in Google, AV etc is not reflected in the SERPS form Mirago.
What do they do with all the info they collect?!
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All very interesting.

But how can you tell if you site is listed on Mirago and how many pages you have listed. Is there an URL check like on AltaVista and Google.

Thanks Folks.