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New Microsoft Search

Got an email announcing it today

     
11:51 pm on Sep 3, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I just clicked the new MSN search for a few of our top keywords...we are # 1-5 for most of them...some are even better than Google!

How is everyone else fairing with the new search and how new is this really...I haven't much noticed before, but now am taking a closer look to see what's going on :)

PS They also have sponsored ads located on the right side like Google, do they offer the same type or Adwords/Adsense program?

1:26 am on Sept 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Doing well, #1 across the board for targeted terms (not super-competitive terms, though). Two comments:

First, their servers apparently overloaded so that I only got results for one out of three tries on average. I assume that this is due to the 'slash-dot' effect of the announcements across the 'net, and everybody checking it out. If not, then they'll need to add more horsepower.

Second, one client is pleased to have the top two listings on several of his top targeted phrases -- one for the home page and one for a tutorial page. I view that as good for him, but maybe not in the best interests of searchers. Maybe MSN will adopt indented results in the future -- I think that's fairer to all.

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6:25 am on Sept 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

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What are you guys talking about?

The beta test was taken off line some time ago.

The results I see come from Yahoo! still.

Am I on the same page as you guys or have they released another version thatg I am not seeing here
yet?

7:02 am on Sept 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Must be April Fools day somewhere. Same old same old.
12:20 pm on Sept 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

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There's a new look to MSN search but is the search itself really new?
12:32 pm on Sept 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

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My main searches all return results identical to Yahoo.

The beta test one was fantastic (speaking selfishly) hope they use it soon

4:55 pm on Sept 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

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[search.msn.com...]

This is where the email link sent me. I searched Yahoo and this MSN link just now and they are very different results for me.

Any ideas on why this would be? For those that were tracking their keywords in the beta version...do you think this is a true update?

5:15 pm on Sept 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Looks to me that they are about the same with the exception that some Yahoo directory listings are added in Yahoo searches.
5:42 pm on Sept 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I think MSN when referring to "new" search is talking about page layout of SERPS and not relevency.
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tried the link with the same searches, same results as before?
9:48 pm on Sept 4, 2004 (gmt 0)

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We won't be seeing MSN search for quite some time.
6:43 am on Sept 6, 2004 (gmt 0)

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MSN search is still in/near beta. New look, same SERPs.

Techpreview is closed now; all the SEO terms have been inputted by us, etc, etc.