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I have a UK site ranking #2 on the UK version of Live (and MSN UK) for a single keyword that gets 90k searches a month according to Overture UK (wish I knew how many on Live). Unfortunately, that equates to only a couple visitors a day. Why so few clicks for what seems to be a relatively popular keyword?
I've checked the results remotely and they're not just a figment of my imagination, so what might be up?
Its not worth many clicks because msn dont have much reach. In real terms i think its like this:-
Others may disagree but from all the sites i work on in the uk its on average around the above figures, so a number 1 position in msn is worth about position 20 in google
Thats why the spammers havent hit msn very hard yet. However, that being said clicks are clicks no matter which search engine they come from and they all count and spammers are moving into the more commercial areas of the msn search as a result.
Also, you would need to rank for variations of your keyword. Just being one for a set keyword phrase doesnt mean anyone is searching on it. But if the same keyword phrase in google produces 100 clicks you can expect say 6 as a very rough benchmark but many factors have to be taken into account including the search pattern of msn search users in relation to google users
Hope this helps
[edited by: RichTC at 11:16 pm (utc) on Oct. 29, 2006]
According to Overture UK, the single word does 90,000 searches a month, so even with diminished market share (6% compared to Yahoo's 12%), we're still talking something like 45,000 searches a month for MSN UK. The numbers may be off, even by a lot, but all in all it seems like we should be seeing more than a couple uniques a day.
We do target a much broader set of phrases under the category, but the single word is popular and a good indicator of how the site is doing overall. Everything looks good but the traffic...
BTW, SEO Blackhat has sort of an interesting tool along these lines. I can't verify its accuracy and it's based on AOL, so US based numbers, but it's interesting link bait all the same - [seoblackhat.com...]