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Good job MSN ... you've really surprised me!
Overall, MSN is getting better. But just getting better is not going to save them at this point.
Me too! - Having new site lived and linked by 30 Dec 05 just before the NY holiday and after returning on 3 Jan 06, I found that MSN has listed all the pages of this new site. Very impressive speed!
To fight against the bigger two, I think MSN's new strategy might be to signal some forms of superiority eg. crawling faster, indexing bigger and fresher.
Sure it will skim a small site and index it very quickly. We can knock together a 50 page site within a few days and msn will have it ranking at the top of its serps within days - but that doesnt mean the bot is any good or its results.
On sites we work on that are content rich with information, msn struggles to cashe even 10% of the site content. Just look around at some of the larger sites using the site command on msn and see how little of the total number of pages they have in the index.
Sorry but both Google bot and Slurp outperform msn bot by a mile
Until msn improve the bot they will remain a very distant third option for search imo
MSNbot does not go deep enough into a site IMO and large sites are very poorly represented in the index (unless you are a big brand that they seem to have delibrately paid attention to).
Still likes to list the pages that link to the content before the content pages themselves.
If your sites are listing higher in msn than they are in google then that means some one isnt doing as well in msn as they are in google, most likely because like the guy above said, big sites stuggle in it.
all in all, even tho your searches maybe good in msn, its still better they were in google, since like only 10% of people go to msn at the max...and ill stop blabbering on now
Google beat MSN! ;-)
MSN have indexed 3 pages (launched January 24 and February 4)
Google has indexed one page (launched January 24)
Yahoo have picked up none thus far and still haven't indexed any of the pages launched on December 29! Man they're slooooow!
I think MSN is doing much better than they used to, Google is definitely slowing down and Yahoo seems to be asleep!