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Re: start.com not working in Opera. Thank you for the feedback. I will pass this along to the team.
With regards to spam we are constantly working on this and we have improved and will continue to. Please send along any private relevance feedback via stickymail.
Also, there are other folks that seem to say MSN Search is no good. That may be fair feedback, however, would love to get some ideas on where we need to improve most -- is it spam, relevance or another area altogether?
I have to say that although I hate comparing the search engines, it seems that MSN is the most inconsistent of all.
I do a daily search for my main keyword on all the search engines. Google and Yahoo show fairly similar results and display quality sites. But for some reason MSN results change dramatically on a daily basis. MSN shuffles around sites that deserve to be on the 15th page on the 1st page.
I would recommend you begin to show some consistency. It is very sad, when a consumer does a search one day and they can't find any similar sites the following day.
Second, I have a question. Why is msn indexing www.mysite. com and also www.mysite. com/index.html?
It doesn't bother me as it is one underneath the other in the serps but I just worry about duplicate content filters down the road. But on the other hand it gives me two spots in the top 10 so as long as it isn't dangerous, I don't care. Thanks and I feel that in my sector, the returns are both relevant and much less trash than google.
First I would like to comment about MSN search not having it's own "MSN SEARCH WORLD" as google and yahoo have theirs on the board. I think it is time and relevant.
I think that has a lot to do with the volume of messages (and having easy ways to subdivide the topic once there is a significant volume).
At the moment the MSN area is only averaging a topic or two a day - hardly worth splitting it out, imo.
In the past week or so, all I have see is tons of spam sites coming into the search results.. Yahoo I think is the worst search engine with all the spam in it, but MSN is almost as bad now.. I am not sure what algo change you did, but it made your results horrible.
What you find in MSN, scaper sites, mass duplicate sites cloaking other websites, blog spamming sites. This is not adding value to your search engine.. It is taking value away. Users want to find what they are looking for, not to see same duplicates sites over and over that has just tricked the serps to get high rankings.
I am very disappointed in MSN at this point.. I thought there was a chance the MSN would not try and copy Yahoo and Google algo, and we would finally have a decent search engine again.
Exactly. It gets a smaller share because it is buried. To date I get most of my hits from msn. Sandboxed in google. I get good traffic from yahoo but msn leads. If it ever going to grow it needs to be recognized.
Thank you for asking for input from us. It takes a brave soul to weather all of the abuse from some of diplomacy-challenged members who hang out here. I do hope that they don't drive you away and please be assured they do not speak for everyone here.
Just some food for thought. Thanks again for asking for comments.