View Full Version : MSN URL Submit and Site Optimization Suggestions

11-11-2004, 12:32 PM
Someone asked about it in an email group last night so I went hunting, and MSN search now has a submit form for sites to be crawled and indexed

MSN Search URL Submission (http://beta.search.msn.com/docs/submit.aspx)

I don't know if it's brand new or has been posted about before, but they've also got a helpful, comprehensive section for webmasters, for optimizing sites:

Site Owner Help (http://beta.search.msn.com/docs/siteowner.aspx?t=SEARCH_WEBMASTER_REF_Guidelinesfo rOptimizingSite.htm#A)

In their Site Owner Help section, there's some good information on how to control the description that appears, as well as a couple of short, basic tips on creating relevant pages:

Excellent content design and effective use of terms that target your message are the best ways to affect the site description that MSNBot extracts from your site. Effective strategies include:

Placing descriptive content near the top of each page.
Making sure each page has a clear topic and purpose.
Add a site description into the description meta tag, as shown here:
<META HTTP-EQUIV="Description" NAME="Description" CONTENT="Describe your site here">

About Your Site Description (http://beta.search.msn.com/docs/siteowner.aspx?t=SEARCH_WEBMASTER_CONC_AboutYourSi teDescription.htm. )

So it looks like they are using the meta description, at least to some degree, and have given some nice basics there.

I'm wondering if the people who haven't been using meta tags at all, thinking they're completely worthless, will now be going back and adding them to their existing pages.