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Certainly news to me. Implications are pretty big because though MSN will likely find, spider & index the new site, the new site won’t get any credit for the work done on the old site.

Scott Hendison asks why this is...I confess that I can’t think of any good reason.
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from patrickaltoft 2575 Days ago #
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This has been the case for over a year I believe.

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from g1smd 2575 Days ago #
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It took Google a long time to properly sort out redirects and their effects, and Yahoo very much longer.

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from searchcommander 2575 Days ago #
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Way over a year, apparently, more like 3 that I could find reference to. That’s more than long enough to get it "figured out". Somethings WRONG at Microsoft search if they really CAN’T follow them.So NOBODY has any thoughts on why this is the case, or what we can do about getting pages back in the Microsoft serps? I’m surprised...

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from ATeeple 2574 Days ago #
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I have seen a similar issue with many sites that are not redirects. They perform well on Google and Yahoo, but are nowhere to be found in MSN results. Also, only the home page is indexing in MSN ... excuse me, Microsoft Live Search. :-) Adding to this confusion, most of these sites were performing very well until about 2 months ago. There were no major changes to the site from month to month, so I am not sure what is going on with MSN. Thankfully, we are getting great traffic from Google and Yahoo.

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from multippt 2573 Days ago #
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It’s been a known fact that Microsoft prefers making new standards rather than follow it.

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from rotatedspectrum 2573 Days ago #
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I think microsoft does things just to impress themselves. 

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from searchcommander 2572 Days ago #
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It’s looking like they DO follow the sitemap path though, from robots.txt, but that won’t remove the old pages from their serps.

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from Sebastian 2571 Days ago #
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Probably they need a few more years to understand the very complex HTTP response header. Look how amateurish their spam bot, er anti-poor-man’s-cloaking-bot, fakes request headers ...

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from oldschool 2571 Days ago #
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Not good, but I am sure they will eventually come around... they are all probably building a new OS or something?

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from searchcommander 2554 Days ago #
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Quick update - I was wrong, and Live / MSN whatever is NOT following the XML sitemap, and STILL cannot seem to index my site nearly 3 weeks later. Getting a 3 year old site into MSN should not be this damn hard and I hope MS addresses this.

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