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MSN - differences in .co.uk and .com

Problem in getting ranked in both geographical locations

6:18 pm on Apr 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I have just been reading the webmaster guidelines for msn live search and it states that it picks up the IP address of the server to ensure it delivers geographically relevant data.

Now this may well be fine except when you are marketing to a UK market (Home) and an International market. I used to have some sites near the top for the keywords I wanted in MSN.com and now they are nowhere to be seen, yet Google and Yahoo both "like" my sites.

The MSN webmaster guidelines say I can fix this Geographical issue - any suggestions on how to do this so I can rank in both UK and US MSN Live Search.

At the moment I think MSN Live is hopeless - it delivers just piles of sub-domains of the same website. A great technique by webmasters if you want to keep other relevant websites on page 5-6, and this is by the official tourism site for Scotland.

1:06 am on Apr 27, 2007 (gmt 0)

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MSN Live is a complete failure. The amazing thing is that with all the resources they have available to them even a search engine with limited resources - such as Gigablast - delivers better SERPs.

Don't try to figure these things out there is no logic to their mistakes. Their search engine is not able to distinguish between high-quality and poor-quality websites it's really just that simple.

3:00 pm on Apr 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Thanks BillyS

I was beginning to think I am the only person interested in MSN search - the reason being that for many users who use the default Windows browser and have no idea how to change it to something more useful - they use msn search - the other reason being I used to always be able to get in the first few positions of certain keywords I was after.

I think Microsoft need to ditch the idea of IP based search results based on country as they just miss the point for many industries being worldwide - travel being one example.


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