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Homepage Ranking #1-5 for 2 years, dissapeared from Live Search !!!!! RRS feed

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  • Hi everyone,

    I discovered yesterday that our homepage that has been ranking high in #1-5 for 2 years now on most of our relative keywords has dissapeared from Live Search!! We took our site through the different maintenance tests via MSN Webmaster tools and the only thing found wrong was that within our "robots.txt" the sitemap was missing. All other tests passed ok!!!
    For your reference, uur site is well ranked in Google and Yahoo. Can someone explain what has caused this to happen?
    Is it MSN??
    Thursday, September 11, 2008 12:42 AM

Answers

  • Each time we update the index, previous relevance rankings are revised. Therefore, you may notice a shift in your website’s ranking as new sites are added and others become obsolete.

     

    Although you can't directly change your website’s ranking, you can optimize its design and technical implementation to enable appropriate ranking by most search engines. For information about improving your website's ranking, see Guidelines for successful indexing.   Most website owners can see some improvements by doing basic white hat SEO. I recommend ensuring that:

    1. You have great content. 
    2. Get your content noticed

    Ensure that you are not doing any of the following:

    • Attempting to increase a page's keyword density by add lots of irrelevant words. This includes stuffing ALT tags that users are unlikely to view.
    • Using hidden text or links. Only use text and links that are visible to users.
    • Using techniques, such as link farms, to artificially increase the number of links to your page.
    Often when sites are having problems it is related to something above, whether intentionally or unintentionally.

     

    Friday, September 12, 2008 5:09 PM

All replies

  • Each time we update the index, previous relevance rankings are revised. Therefore, you may notice a shift in your website’s ranking as new sites are added and others become obsolete.

     

    Although you can't directly change your website’s ranking, you can optimize its design and technical implementation to enable appropriate ranking by most search engines. For information about improving your website's ranking, see Guidelines for successful indexing.   Most website owners can see some improvements by doing basic white hat SEO. I recommend ensuring that:

    1. You have great content. 
    2. Get your content noticed

    Ensure that you are not doing any of the following:

    • Attempting to increase a page's keyword density by add lots of irrelevant words. This includes stuffing ALT tags that users are unlikely to view.
    • Using hidden text or links. Only use text and links that are visible to users.
    • Using techniques, such as link farms, to artificially increase the number of links to your page.
    Often when sites are having problems it is related to something above, whether intentionally or unintentionally.

     

    Friday, September 12, 2008 5:09 PM
  • Hi Brett,

    Thank you for your reply

    Your mentioning about SEO factors an Do's and Dont's. We are aware of all this.
    I can give you a very strong example in order to prove that MSNBot is not indexing properly:

    On one of our best performer and most important keyword phrase: “Christening Cakes Sydney” our homepage was ranking #1 and http://www.elitecakedesigns.com.au/Christening-Cakes.html was #2 for many months (Same as Google & Yahoo).

    Now if you make a search on this phrase you will see that we are ranking #5 with:
    http://www.elitecakedesigns.com.au/​Diamonds-bonboniere.html#minicake and
    #6 with: http://www.elitecakedesigns.com.au/​Baby-Shower-Cakes.html

    How can that be???? Talking about MSN Bot algorithm?? What does it look for??

    Also for your reference, going by our server’s control panel stats, MSN Bot hits have dropped dramatically!

    July:      246 +136
    August:  222+132
    Sep (12 days): 17+8

    What does this indicate?? This is based on the same content!


    Looking forward to your reply


    Kind regards,

    John

    Friday, September 12, 2008 10:10 PM
  • Brett,

    There is nothing to worry as everything is back to normal now!!

    I don't know how this was restored. The only thing that we found wrong that we rectified immediately through
    Live Webmaster tools, was the "sitemap missing error" within our "robots.txt". it seems this could have caused this issue and MSNBot was rejecting our "robots.txt ??

    Anyway we are all happy now!!
    Sunday, September 14, 2008 10:13 AM