MSN Won't Do a Search Index Update on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays

Jun 26, 2006 • 8:30 am | comments (2) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Bing Search

Microsoft sometimes shocks you, it is like they do not follow the rules that Google and Yahoo! set forth in being secretive about how, why, what and when they do search index updates. Yahoo! recently began giving us updates, that yes, we did do an update. Google followed suit, to let us know during an update, what to expect, in order for us to give feedback on the update. Today, I noticed a post in a WebmasterWorld thread where MSNdude says, and I quote;

It's a pretty safe bet that we won't do an update on a Sunday afternoon -- especially not one as beautiful as today was. :-) Saturday is out too. In fact, we're unlikely to do an update on a Friday, since it can mean sacrificing our weekends if there are problems.

Now, I try my best not to update our sites on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays also. But I never saw Google or Yahoo! say they would most likely not conduct a search index update on any particular day. In fact, I think they have done index updates on the weekends.

Anyway, this is a good piece of information to know about MSN. They most likely will not update the index on the weekends, or even on Fridays.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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06/26/2006 03:59 pm

Thats interesting information and makes perfect sense. I would have to venture a guess and say that Yahoo and Google are probably somewhat as likely not to do them either on the weekends. But then again, i think ive shown more indexed pages when i come in and check them on a mon morning.


06/27/2006 04:55 am

Microsoft is a more mature company. Enough people who have sacrificed way too many weekends have been there long enough to rise through the ranks and change the corporate culture. Also, here in Seattle, the long winter has ended, the rain gods have gone on summer vacation, and Appolo's chariot has been converted into a lowrider. Why sacrifice when you can worship?

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