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Months ago, MSN changed bots to detect cloaking. Result?
"Every single domain I had is still in Yahoo or MSN. That is not a good sign for them. Some of these are way older than a cloaked domain should be." - XMCP
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from sza 2378 Days ago #
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Isn’t it reassuring to know there is a search engine out there that, no matter what you do, you just can’t piss off? After all the stress with Google... :-)

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from SlightlyShadySEO 2378 Days ago #
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Haha it definitely is to me.One of my niches I thought I was banned shitless from hit the news in a big way lately, and all of a sudden started kicking out 10+ sales per day where it used to do 1 every 2 days. All thanks to MSN/Yahoo.In fact, my BH sites now make up 5 of the top 15 in MSN for that niche, and 8 of the top 15 in Yahoo. All banned from Google.Ridiculous.

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from eKstreme 2378 Days ago #
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I made a big fuss about it a few months ago. They backed down. Then I started seeing it again. My next move is to ban their damn bot and see if I care. I’m sure they don’t care.If enough webmasters ban their bot, maybe they’ll actually listen for a change. But it is Microsoft we’re talking about. Listening and doing sensible things are not exactly core competencies.Pierre

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from SlightlyShadySEO 2377 Days ago #
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Yees, I recall and agree.But the thing is why are they doing it? These sites seriously behaved as typical cloaking sites should. Exactly the kind the bots were supposed to detect.

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from Gab 2377 Days ago #
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Your cloaking is just too powerful :D.

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from bwelford 2376 Days ago #
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Thanks be that someone understands MSN.  I certainly don’t.

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from SlightlyShadySEO 2376 Days ago #
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Ermm I think this hit the hot threshold...the #1 on the frontpage is at 22...so is this..peculiar.

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from marketposition 2376 Days ago #
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Hrm. I don’t get it. They dislike automated searches enough to take their link check option offline for months.... (still dead: http://search.live.com/results.aspx?q=link%3Acnn.com&go=&form=QBRE ) Blog post: http://blogs.msdn.com/livesearch/archive/2007/03/28/we-are-flattered-but.aspx Yet they can send out extra indexing/checker bots to hit your site and check for cloaking and such... seems wrong some how. There was an article awhile back, maybe it was even spunn, that said that MSN and Ask were blocked by many web masters. Anyone have a link to that?

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from MattCutts 2375 Days ago #
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SlightlyShadySEO, if you mention a few sites I can verify the data. :)

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from SlightlyShadySEO 2375 Days ago #
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Heh don’t worry Matt. You guys got the older ones at least!I’ll see you in round 2 ;-)

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