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Windows Live Writer blog banned from Google? August 30, 2006

Posted by spikew in Google, WindowsLiveWriter.
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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”.

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:

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.

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1. James Finnigan - August 30, 2006

Funny it’s low even for this query.
“Windows Live Writer” site:live.com

2. John - August 30, 2006

And I just changed my home page to msn search because of the posturing with Apple. Good grief. Going the way of TV news…

3. Trip to Google tomorrow « Scobleizer - Tech Geek Blogger - August 30, 2006

[...] Ahh, I see someone is asking “why is the Windows Live Writer blog banned from Google?” They are talking about that over on Channel 9 too. [...]

4. Theories on Google results for Windows Live Writer « Primordial - August 30, 2006

[...] As the “Windows Live Writer blog banned from Google?” question makes its way around, the theories on the unexpected Writer search result rankings are starting to roll in. [...]

5. MagMoo - August 30, 2006
6. wideawakewesley - August 30, 2006

It’s not just that space, it’s all spaces and Google have done this before.

7. seattleduck - » Writer Blog goes poof, from Google - August 31, 2006

[...] An interesting bit of mystery has surfaced on why the Windows Live Writer team blog has disappeared from Google search results, whereas it’s right up top on Yahoo, MSN, and Live. [...]

8. ALIJAH GREEN - August 31, 2006

IT MUST BE THE SPACES, I JUST TRIED SEARCHING GOOGLE FOR MY NAME THAT CORRESPONDS WITH MY BLOG URL @ WINDOWS LIVE SPACES. ONLY WHEN I TYPE MY NAME LIKE THIS ALIJAHGREEN FOR THE SEARCH QUERY DID GOOGLE GIVE THE CORRECT RESULTS. NO CONSPIRACY HERE.

9. wideawakewesley - August 31, 2006

The problem has been resolved, was this due to Scoble’s visit?

10. diox - September 3, 2006
11. Google searches for Windows Live Writer fixed! « Primordial - September 4, 2006

[...] The issue with Google searches for Windows Live Writer has been resolved by a fix at Google.  Apparently, the issue was related to Windows Live Spaces in general, not just the Writer Zone blog.  The conversion of urls from the spaces.msn.com to spaces.live.com domains last month caused Google’s search engine to think something fishy was going on and caused spaces.live.com URLs to carry less weight in search results. [...]

12. MondoBlog » Blog » Fast SEO Links Collection - Num 4 - September 19, 2006

[...] Windows Live Writer blog banned from Google? [...]


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