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I'm a relative noob at this, but my eyes have been quickly opened about how bad live search is.
For example: a site is for a laundry service in Lancaster SC.
If the website uses S.C. (with periods) a query using SC (no periods) won't find it. Using Google, a query for "drive to my job laundry in Lancaster SC" will find relevant results even if it appears S.C. on the website.
msn.com : seems to be all ok, just like I expect from the other search engines.
live.com: site nowhere to be found, so I guess it's still the geotargeting of servers at work there.
Anyway, will be changing the geolocation of the server to work around stupidity of trying to geotarget servers.
Every time I look at MSN.com or one of it's localised versions, it seems to get worse.
Still the same crap - keyword in domain has waaaaaay to much relevance. Personally I'd devalue rankings a little because of this, not the otherway around.
True, though there are so many things wrong with it besides that.
One easy thing to fix is to put a "Live.com in English" link on the homepage, when they try to force a localised version onto me. Google always have a "Google.com in English" link.
The UK results are hilarious, just look at them - words escape me.
I noticed 2 competitors that have gone out of business in the last few weeks are doing well for a very competitive term, maybe MSN doesn't send any decent traffic anymore?
On one site the stumbleupon rankings float off my domain name onto a site two or three spots above mine in the rankings (in Google) has started doing the same thing with MSN Live as of two weeks ago.
The other oddity is that MSN live didn't rank this site well on its main keyword (by not well I mean page 5-6 in the serps) while Google has had it on page on for a very long time. Now, MSN Live has bumped it to page one as well.
Do Google and MSN Live share ANY data between each other?
If this was G, it would have been 6 pages long by now.
It looks like the results are getting better because.... my sites rank higher now!
It looks like the results are worse because... my sites rank lower now!
I think the movement I saw up or down was because... the gods are vengeful yet kind.
The only good search engine is the one that has all of my sites at number 1
There have been no updates just a few sites bouncing up and down as tweeks are made.