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Does anyone use MSN?

Great rank, bad visits



1:24 am on Apr 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I am ranked #1 for some really great words on MSN but, I am geting like 7 people a day from them. I do not get it. The Overture tool says that these words are searched for thousands of times a month. Shouldn't I expect more?
I know that this is not Overture, but shouldn't that give me a ballpark figure?

If something is searched for 1000 times a day and I am ranked #1, I better be getting more than 5 people a day clicking on that number 1 spot.


12:40 am on May 11, 2005 (gmt 0)

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It must be about topics then! I am in the UK and some sites I manage get 30% referrals from MSN.

It does seem to be about the way conversion pages rank (and by that I mean buying or product pages).

These seem to not rank as highly and more the main pages do better and so it is harder to get a click. Also, more generic pages can get clicks from MSN than Google which seems to suggest that sites that get niche phrases with clicks in Google will not get clicks from MSN as their users do not search for detailed info like G users.


9:14 pm on May 20, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Here is an update... this data is from the past 60 days

1 MSN 178 43.3
2 Google 147 35.8
3 Yahoo! 57 13.9
4 AOL NetFind 12 2.9
5 Overture 8 1.9
6 Netscape 2 0.5
7 CompuServe 2 0.5
8 dogpile 2 0.5
9 Ask Jeeves 1 0.2
10 dmoz 1 0.2
11 HotBot 1 0.2


11:10 pm on Jun 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I must admit in the UK i do wonder how much traffic MSN gets.

I just cant understand why with good positions in msn we see such little traffic.

Mind you if they integrate the search engine into windows in the future it could be a whole new ball game!


11:23 pm on Jun 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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we discussed this a while back and a lot of us here aggreed that certain markets (niches) do very well with MSN for a few reasons.

1. Certain people do not change their default computer settings (MSN home page, Internet Explorer)

2. These people often use MSN internet service (MSN browser, integrated MSN search)

3. These people generaly buy more home, health, decorating, garden related items.

I get over 45% of my searches from MSN, and only about 55% from Google.


11:24 pm on Jun 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I'm sorry, this is the discussion that I was refering too. there was another on that I meant to respond to.


11:25 pm on Jun 10, 2005 (gmt 0)

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A good position just means that msn found your site, and you have good links, etc, etc..

that doesn't mean the people will search msn for those words that you have good position with.

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