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6:28 am on Oct 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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During the last week the referals from Google were 10 times the referals from MSN. What are others seeing?
7:47 am on Oct 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

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For me, MSN has been fairly consistant for the last 6 months at about 4% of search engine referals.
4:36 am on Oct 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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10 times is about right.
6:44 am on Oct 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I see about 8 to 1, Google leading.
MSN seems to be catching up to Yahoo however, about the same ratio. -Larry
7:35 pm on Oct 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

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My traffic from MSN was 2x to 3x that of Google. Suddenly Google is slightly more. But I think that is for two popular pages, written in plain html. Much of my site is in a CMS that Google doesn't really understand. Most of my traffic is organic from forums, blogs, and other non-search engine sites.
6:52 am on Oct 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I seem to get a lot more traffic from google than MSN -- despite the fact I have a WAY lower serp for google than I do MSN.
7:15 am on Oct 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I have a number of sites, some I do as a business, some as fun.

The business sites are in a particular, academic/professional niche. I produce a continuous stream of longish articles. They have a good audience but most webmasters would find it boring to build sites in this area. Apart from a 3-week hit earlier this year, these sites seem to glide through most Google updates (so far). 80-90% of the search engine traffic comes from Google with MSN at around 5%.

My 'fun' sites are in areas that have major competition. For example, travel. Again, I've written fairly long, original articles about locations I have visited or researched - complete with original photos. Google - apart from Google images, that is - ignores most of these, preferring large machine-produced websites, sometimes with pages having no content at all. MSN, on the other hand, picks up my material with no problem and produces about 45% of the SE traffic for these sites, with most of the rest coming from Yahoo and Ask.

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Even with Google treating my sites very badly at the moment (hope to improve next week ;) ) - I still get more visitors from Google than MSN.
5:21 am on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Usually 6-12X more traffic from Google than MSN.
5:34 am on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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The last while, most days are like today - 65% G, 18% MSN, 10% Y, with Mamma, Dogpile, etc. making up the rest (on 230 different search querys - about 450 SE referrals). The site does equally well in the serps for G, MSN, and Y.
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I was just running the numbers on last month (Oct '05): Google 77%, Yahoo 12%, MSN 5% (percents are of all SE referrals).
6:20 am on Nov 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

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My results are similar to dcheney.
7:10 pm on Nov 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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80-1 google vs. MSN. Yahoo beats msn by 30-1. I have all kinds of problems with MSN.
10:26 pm on Nov 5, 2005 (gmt 0)

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results are similar to dcheney on every UK site we work with.

In all MSN doesnt have the reach

11:02 pm on Nov 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Yeah, that's about right and to be expected. Google is so, so much more widely used that MSN and Yahoo. Google remains the king of search.
6:25 am on Nov 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

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40 - 27 - 5
Google - Yahoo - MSN
7:07 am on Nov 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

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My serps in MSN are hte best of any search engine, amazing in fact.
Sadly it results in nothing, I get more visitors via wiki links than I do msn. In my area people only use Google, which can be as high as 97%
8:00 am on Nov 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I think some of you people may be missing out.
My results for 5 different sites:
G : Y : M percentages of total traffic
41 : 17 : 16
17 : 20 : 21
50 : 9 : 7
38 : 5 : 5
51 : 6 : 1

The last one has top place in google for a number of searches.

I hadn't noticed it before, but what is interesting here is the very high proportion for other search engines, direct referrals etc -the top 3 search engines accounting for 74% in the best case and 48% in worst. The sites are all hand crafted and together get around 60,000 individual visitors per month.

6:05 pm on Nov 29, 2005 (gmt 0)

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About half my visits are due to a search. Of those visits:

Google 66%
Yahoo 23%
MSN .2%

Pretty bad, eh? I just got a message from MSN telling me that they do not know why my site is not in their search results except for one page that is url only (not the home page). Up until some time last summer, I ranked very well in MSN, although I can't say it ever provided many visits (about 5%). Then my site just disappeared except for one url-only page. My site was not penalized, according to MSN. They said they would re-include it back in August but never have, and new requests for inclusion have brought the response that they don't know why it isn't in the results.

I really am pretty amazed that they are here asking for advice about tweaking their ad program when they still have such massive problems with their search that they can't even include a perfectly ordinary site in their results after crawling it and can't explain why. First get the search engine working properly, then worry about the ad program. Worrying about the ad program now is like putting a billboard up on a hole in the ground that will be a building someday.

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Google hates me...

Yahoo = 60%
MSN = 30%
Google = 10%

6:26 pm on Dec 23, 2005 (gmt 0)

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40:1 Google:MSN
10:1 Google:Yahoo

I tend to rank quite well in all three for my normal search terms, mostly #1 in each.

I (perhaps ignorantly) have always just put it down to lower searchers using MSN and Yahoo sites.