Do Small Pages Rank Better in MSN's Live Search

Feb 12, 2007 • 8:28 am | comments (5) by | Filed Under Bing Search

A WebmasterWorld thread has a theory that smaller pages tend to rank better in Microsoft's Live Search (MSN Search), than larger pages.

Senior member, crobb305 explains:

Has anyone else noticed that very small pages rank highest in MSN? This could explain why doorways and blogspots rank so well. To test this, I reduced text on my homepage down to just a paragraph or so, with links to my internal pages. The content reduced from 22k to about 5k. Within 2 days, the page went from page 5 to page 1 for a competitive phrase.

BillyS, another senior member at WebmasterWorld wrote:

I've seen this too. MSN does not seem to care about the number of words on a page. I saw an "About" page rank very high for a competitive phrase - all the page had was about two paragraphs and the phrase was mentioned once.

Honestly, I have no idea. I am sure there are examples of this going both ways.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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