Live Search's High Dive

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| Microsoft's August and September declines clearly show that gimmicks aren't
| enough to gain and maintain relevant search market share.
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http://www.microsoft-watch.com/conte...129TX1K0000535

Not sure if someone posted this yesterday...

Here are the latest figures from one (flawed as usual) survey. They were
published moments ago and they show that Google has 85% market share and that
Linux gained about .5% in JUST ONE MONTH.

http://www.w3counter.com/globalstats.php


Related:

How Microsoft Clubs to Search Gains

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| We checked with Hitwise, and they explained that June gains include “searches
| automatically generated from a promotion on club.live.com,” up to June 9, *
| 2007. After that they stopped counting the data.
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http://gigaom.com/2007/07/27/how-mic...-search-gains/


Tracking Internet Use Remains Difficult

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| For example, this month Nielsen said search-engine queries for No. 3-ranked
| Microsoft Corp. jumped about 80 percent in June, a curious development for a
| search engine that had been continuously losing market share. *
|
| Microsoft said the gains were the result of a word game promotion, in which
| players had to form words out of a jumble of letters. As part of the game,
| Microsoft's search engine automatically hunted for Web pages that contained
| the word being guessed at. *
|
| The promotion raises the question of whether these clicks were the result of
| using automated means, and therefore shouldn't be counted.
|
| Nielsen product manager Scott Ross said the company sees no need to change
| the June search-engine rankings. Yet, he conceded that critics -- including
| Yahoo, operator of the world's second most popular search engine -- may also
| have a point about Microsoft using questionable means to spark the surge in
| popularity. * *
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http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/070725/track...sage.html?.v=1


By E-mail:

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| [...]
|
| Live.com has been pinging people's sites with what appears to be referrer
| spam. There is a thread about it here:
| http://www.webmasterworld.com/msn_mi...ch/3424476.htm
|
| I posted a summary here -- I suspect that it's just old fashioned referrer
| spam: http://pocketseo.com/analytics/146
|
| Some other takes on it:
|
|
http://andrewu.co.uk/webtech/comment...from_microsoft
|
|
http://www.bitworm.com/search/2007/i...our-log-files/
|
| I thought you might be interested. I attached a sample excerpt from one of
| my sites' logs in case you haven't seen it before. [...]
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Microsoft’s Club Live fiasco

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| People were using the macro on more than 3 games at a time, on more than 2
| accounts at a time, why Microsoft didn’t pick up on the fact that in the
| first few days some people had accumulated enough for 3 Zunes each is beyond
| us. Some were lucky, others, not so much. *
|
| [...]
|
| So far no one has been banned from using their accounts, which they needed to
| sign up, probably because they did not break any laws, or probably because
| Microsoft didn’t want that hassle and liked their new found traffic. *
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http://www.blogthe.net/2007/07/16/mi...b-live-fiasco/


Bots Helped To Boost Microsoft Live Search Gains

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| In a blog post, Compete analyst Steve Willis attributed Microsoft's
| search gains to prizes awarded to users participating in Live Search
| Club, which features games that post queries to Microsoft's search
| engine.
|
| [...]
|
| Microsoft is essentially being DDoSed by thousands of people hundreds
| of times per minute, but they are mistaking this rise in traffic for
| people actually using Live Search."
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http://www.informationweek.com/news/...leID=201001092