Windows Live Writer blog banned from Google? August 30, 2006Posted by spikew in Google, WindowsLiveWriter.
For almost a week now, I’ve noticed that searching for “Windows Live Writer” on Google no longer brings up the Writer Zone blog on Windows Live Spaces. I know for a fact that there are way more inbound links to the Writer Zone blog in reference to Windows Live Writer than to anything else.
Here’s a sampling of various search engine results for “Windows Live Writer”.
- Google search
- Windows Live search
- Yahoo search
- Ask.com search (Ask’s results are as strange as Google’s)
I’m having a devil of a time getting Google to return the link to the Windows Live Writer blog in almost any search. Here’s a smattering searches that pass and fail to bring up the Writer Zone blog:
- “Windows Live Writer” blog – fail
- Introducing Windows Live Writer – fail
- windowslivewriter – success
- “Windows Live Writer” Zone – fail
- “Welcome to the Windows Live Writer team blog” – fail
- windowslivewriter.spaces.live.com – success
Now, I’m no conspiracy theorist, so I don’t really believe Google yanked our Writer blog on purpose. I would certainly never accuse them of trying to bury Writer just because they recently re-announced Writely :-). However, it definitely seems like something happened that caused Writer’s blog to get de-emphasized in their rankings. If anyone can figure out how that happened, you may have discovered a powerful weapon for de-listing your competitors in Google search results.
Update: Check out the latest theories on Google results for Windows Live Writer.
Update 2: Google searches for Windows Live Writer are fixed!. I’m happy to report that all of the ”Windows Live Writer” searches linked above are now successfully returning the Writer Zone blog as the top result.