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Microsoft launches ‘Agora’ product-loading service for web search

Microsoft launches ‘Agora’ product-loading service for web search

   
6:32 pm on Nov 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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This is great service for e-commerce businessess. has anyone heard any thing more? when its available for public use? is there a beta test program one could sign on?

6:58 pm on Nov 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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It's a limited release to Internet Retailers that have registered with Windows Live.

It will operate on Windows Live Product Search.

products.live.com

3:06 pm on Nov 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I've applied to be part of the beta test. Has anyone else applied? Been accepted? Rejected? Any idea how quick the process is?
4:12 pm on Nov 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Thank you. It was so hard to find it, even when using live search! I just registered our business. Let's see if we get the invite soon :-)
2:04 pm on Nov 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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"I've applied to be part of the beta test. Has anyone else applied? Been accepted? Rejected? Any idea how quick the process is?"

Where/how did you apply to be part of beta? I can't seem to see it anywhere on live.com

8:53 pm on Nov 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I applied on Nov. 10, 2006 and have yet to receive anything.
7:56 pm on Nov 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

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You can pre-register here
[imagine-windowslive.com...]
7:44 pm on Nov 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Some how they already pulled all over our products onto their site.

Kind of interesting

9:20 am on Nov 29, 2006 (gmt 0)



Using Agora should also boost retailers’ natural and paid-search rankings in Windows Live Product Search, he adds.

That's interesting. I guess that's like being authenticated in sitemaps or explorer. But publicly saying that using the product can influence natural search is like bear baiting to SEOs! :)

2:57 pm on Nov 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I signed up with MS Live on 11-10-06 and received the invitation from MS on 11-29-06. (My products are not includeed in Live yet, so I'll be uploading that feed soon.)