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Personally I'm suffering from some kind of penalty or problem and get about 0.3% of my traffic from MSN / Live. On the down side, they don't seem to understand my target audience is the US because I rank properly only in other English speaking territories.
On the up side, they seem to have cleaned out a lot of blog spam.
So after two years has MSN finally got it right?
Every person who worked on this project should be fired ;)
Honestly, they haven't gotten anything right. I have 90 pages in their index compared to 140,000 in Yahoo and I don't think I'm alone in this. I have all static URL's so that's not the problem, the bot just doesn't crawl. The serps are ridiculously bad. They're so embarrassing msndude won't even show up anymore...lol. I could go on and on....
To me it's quite sad to think that we might never figure out what MSN doesn't like about our sites. I'm assuming that they can indentify my site as being a .com, hosted in the US with a US audience. So even if I think it's wrong to do so, I've got some kind of penalty being applied just in the US results.
It's also more than just the loss of traffic from MSN it's also a matter of pride. We're in the midst of publishing a series of articles that no one else comes close to explaining. How to do it, what to look for, real life examples... I guarantee we will be in the top 10 in Yahoo and Google in a very short timeframe - I have absolutely zero hope in MSN.
We have .edu and teaching sites referencing more and more of our materials and that help restore some of that pride.
May be windows vista will change this now with microsofts operating system. But who knows...
It occurred to me this morning that MS would probably do well either licensing Ask's stuff or outright buying them. IMHO, Ask's SE is far superior to Live. MSN's marketing machine just needs a half-decent product to pitch, and Live ain't it.
Last nite all of a sudden MSN started to send MORE traffic than Google to one very old page that was hidden deep within the site.
In fact that page had contained the search phrase only one time and it was not even listed within the meta tags.
On the live search our page is listed on No.1 and to be honest, the content that we have for that keyword is much less worth than for loads of other keywords for which we are on Google's No 1 pages.
It is very hard to see any logic in this.