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MSN update

how often?



11:30 am on Aug 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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i have finally got a website crawled by MSN. I need to add some new content to some of my pages and would like to know if MSN do regular updates and how long it usually takes.



12:20 pm on Aug 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Are you saying you site got crawled by msnBot? Or by Yahoo! Search Technology?

If msnBot, it probably won't be ready until later in the year. It was in Tech Preview until recently.

If Yahoo!, then you are going to have to wait until the index is updated.


10:03 pm on Aug 24, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I'm a little confused here.
Yahoo keeps indexing my pages as it should but for some reason, Msn doesn't show pages older then March 2004.
Is Msn still using Yahoo Search Technology and updating it's own index?

Anyway, let's op for a quick start of the new Msn search. Msnbot seems to be doing a good job in my logs.


1:13 am on Aug 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

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MSN is powered by Inktomi.
Yahoo! bought Inktomi.
Overture bought AltaVista and Fast.
Yahoo! bought Overture.

March 2004, Yahoo! launches Yahoo! Search Technology which is a best of breed hybrid of Inktomi, AltaVista and Fast.

MSN have released into the wild, a beta of their MSNbot. This is what is currently crawling a lot of sites but IS NOT what is power the production version of MSN Search. It was powering the beta version of the MSN Search (as a tech preview) which has now been taken down.

MSN is still powered by "Inktomi", which is really a subset of Yahoo! Search Technology.

However, MSN does not take the full set of URLs in the index as provided by Yahoo! PFI results (from Inktomi Site Subit, Overture Site Match and Site Match Xchange) are not included. There is also talk that the index used by MSN is not as fresh as Yahoo! search index. I haven't seen any real proof of this.

Q) So how do you get into MSN?
A) Get crawled by Yahoo! Search Technology and wait. Use this time to build your incoming links and your content.


8:46 pm on Aug 25, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Thx for the explanation Warren!


6:49 am on Sep 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Good info, thx.

It seems to me that MSN gets data occassionally, perhaps every 2-4 weeks (just an observation from the few serps I bother watching on MSN) from Y!(Inktomi or wherever).

I notice that Y! and MSN seem to sync up for a few days and then Y! begins fluctuating again for awhile with no changes in MSN.


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