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They claim to have made major update right around the time you mentioned
Homepage now indexed - well its a start!
You are all not alone in this, this has happened to many of my sites and they are re included usually within a few days however sometimes can be more around a month...
That is the most amazing bit of info that I've seen in this MS/LIVE forum in a very long time -- thanks for sharing it. At least there may be some hope.
If I may ask -- did you get that update in an email from MS support? Or did you see it at a blog somewhere? Just wondering how widely they are posting this important news, given that the decline of LIVE last autumn is a subject of much discussion all over the internet.
Thanks for the reply regarding the source of the info, and congratulations on breaking through the logjam -- now let's hope the rest of us get some good news when we check to see how many pages we have indexed at MSN/LIVE. Your experience gives me hope that all is not totally lost.
No, and with the sites that were a problem I put up a robots.txt exclusion for msnbot.
There's nothing in the world wrong with those sites - including it not being my problem or my fault if they've been indexing URLs in links with dynamic strings instead of web pages (and kicking the web pages out, replaced by tracking URLs); so until their end is straightened out I don't even want to bother looking regarding sites that got messed up.
...if they've been indexing URLs in links with dynamic strings instead of web pages (and kicking the web pages out, replaced by tracking URLs); so until their end is straightened out I don't even want to bother looking regarding sites that got messed up.
It feels that Microsoft hasn't been doing a good job prioritizing old urls, and hasn't been indexing new ones. I've noticed for probably a couple of years now that MSN has had trouble with tracking-urls that simply do not show up on other engines.
Ditto with canonical problems (on sites that don't have server control, but nevertheless don't have these problems appearing on other engines).
Ditto with continuing to show dropped pages and not picking up new ones.
They don't index new sites past homepage and sitemap.xml if you're lucky. A VisualBasic script kiddie can write a better crawler then what they got.
They are also robots.txt challenged. They can't read it and they certainly don't understand it.
Pfffff... thinking these guys actually get paid for their jobs really peaces me off. They should be charged money for the mess they got that search engine into.
If they were to buy Yahoo! ... would they mess them up too?:)