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MSN.com serps -vs- Live.com serps

Why the difference?

8:52 pm on Oct 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Can anyone shed some light on why when I search MSN.com I get completely (well almost completely) different results from that of live.com? Same keywords, different serps. Hasn't MSN.com search migrated to Live.com's serps yet?
3:42 am on Oct 18, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Send me a sticky with a specific example, and I'll check it out.


8:45 pm on Oct 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I see the exact same thing.
10:56 am on Oct 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Yeah, we come up in the top 10 in live and page 4 in msn. I've tried it on several other machines now and on one of them it didn't happen so I don't know if it's somehow machine based? Cookies were cleared in all cases, so I don't get it....
4:18 pm on Oct 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I had the same thing.

Live.com likes to go local, and uses the version of english (US,UK etc) to try to establish this.

Try changing your windows setting for english to US->UK or vice-versa That should cure it.

12:58 pm on Oct 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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>>>Live.com likes to go local

That is whats happening to me.

1:04 pm on Oct 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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"Live.com likes to go local "
that means in other words that to rank in MSN or live.com worldwide you must host the same page in every land you are interested ,like ,.com in the US ,.co.uk in the UK ,.de in Germany and so on......
2:26 pm on Oct 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Toothache - Something like that.

I hate it too and think that although with certain limited searches it may make sense I don't think the general public need their SERPS censoring by MSN. Especially when there is a clear option for selecting just where you want your results to come from in the main interface...

Anyway thats the way it is for now, like it or loath it.

2:22 pm on Oct 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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What's your opinion on how they are looking at local? Based on IP address? Or domain registrant, technical contact?

I see some truth to the local theory, as we rank very well in the Canadian version of MSN, while over the last 4 months we've slowly lost many of our positions we'd had for ages on MSN.com.


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