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I think changing up the picture every month would be a good idea. That you way people won't get tired of looking at the same photo.
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A lot of Webmasters who are trying to promote sites and can't get them to show will tell you the results suck just the same as when they can't get them to show in Google.
I'm trying to promote sites and some show up and others don't and I have to say at least in the areas I'm working with, the results really are not that bad.
I also started playing around with their image search I actually like it better than Google's image search.
They seem to be on the right track. Their biggest hurdle is going to get people to give up the Google fix and give live a try. The image is a nice start. After you use Live and go back to Google, that white space kind of smacks you in the face.
Google needs the competition to knock em down a peg anyway.
This is just lipstick on a pig - and MS knows it.
Has anyone ever compared the top 30 results across the top three for the top ten search terms? If so, where can I find that? I'd like to see just how much "lipstick" MS have on its pig. And, I'd like to see how much "lipstick" the other pigs have. Sounds like a challenge... ;)
Those results should be recent, like within the past 7-14 days to be fair to all three.
There is a two word term that on MSN 8 out of the first 20 results are from the same spammer. All 8 pages point back to a single page. I pointed this out to msndude about two years ago. They hand fixed these results and it lasted about a month.
I'm sure MSN is fine on "big" words. Try an ED name (something very popular...) See how many Live.com sites point to online pharms (thin affiliates) while Google points to information.
Live.com is played like a cheap fiddle. Their ways of detecting spam are flawed. They've spent a ton of money on the engine and they're still trying to buy search from Yahoo. It's just not working out and they know it. They can't even keep up with Yahoo and Google, let alone catch up.
I like the look, had the page set as home page but 50% of the time when I would do a search, the search was unresponsive and just sat there.
Nothing bugs me more that an application that won't work.
The searches I was able to do all seemed good enough but I won't tolerate an search function that takes FOREVER to pull up a query if at all.
I've switched my home page back to the blinding white. Their search function works 99.9% of the time for me.