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I have already removed it from their Webmaster Cenral. A MSN rep has informed that that will not remove the site from their index. He did not give me the courtesy of telling me how to remove it from the index.
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Sounds to me like you have a duplicate URL issue. If you REALLY want to get it out of the index, then you would need to serve cloaked content to MSNBot only giving a 301 redirect to the home page... every time the spider looks at an old URL, it should then in theory update to the home page, thus taking it out of the index.
BUT... that's not what I would advize. It's a lot of effort and who knows if MSNBot will understand it properly anyway. I think you need to find out why MSN has indexed so many more URLs than you think you have. Then you need to find a way to make it impossible for anyone (humans and bots) to see multiple urls for the same content. You should do this by redirecting users to a standard URL syntax (OK - if P1R is reading... URI syntax). The redirect should again be a 301 and you need to also be careful that you don't 301 a 301 (Redirect stuff already redirecting).
Then... human or computer... the system should correct itself over time.
There may be a short term downside here. Google may also see al the 301s and cause you a short term bit of grief as I've been hearing that wholesale changes are Google's current pet subject - but there's no substitute long term for doing things right... and that is to avoid dupliacte URLs
[edited by: Receptional at 3:02 pm (utc) on Aug. 29, 2008]
That number of pages figure has been wrong 100% of the time for as far back as I can remember.