A Search Engine Watch Forums thread has a member complaining that after he signed up with Microsoft adCenter, he noticed his site was removed from the Live Search index. For those that do not know, adCenter is the search ad product that goes along side the organic, pure and unbiased search results at Live Search.
To my surprise, an official Microsoft adCenter representative came into the thread and said:
I can understand the importance of this matter and I am happy to assist in this.
Can you please contact support and have this documented so that we can launch an investigation. Thanks so much.
Does that mean that if you are an adCenter advertiser, Microsoft will assist you with your ranking issues in the organic search side? If Google or Yahoo ever did this, all hell would break loose. I hope this was a miscommunication on the Microsoft side, because this implies, strongly implies, that there is not separation between the paid side and organic side of their search services. (Or maybe I am still sick and I missed something).
Forum discussion at Search Engine Watch Forums.