SEO Information

How To Rank High On MSN Search

The new MSN Search is quickly gaining popularity among internet search engine users. Google still being the #1 search engine with Yahoo in #2, and MSN in a strong #3. Each of the three major search engines has their own unique algorithm, and MSN is no different. Over the past several months I have had amazing success with MSN. With a few tweaks and tricks I have all of my sites ranked top 3 (mostly #1's) with my targeted key words. This article will give you a quick look at how I have managed to rank so high so often.

Choose Your Key Words

In order to fully succeed with msn, you have to target your key words carefully. For example, if you have a forum which is targeting video gamers, you would likely target a key word phrase such as "video game forum." By targeting a specific key word, or phrase, you give your site direction, which will make ranking on search engines much easier. If you are unsure of which key word(s) to target check out this key word suggestion tool from Digital Point.

Add key Words To Your Title

As it stands right now, MSN is putting a great deal of weight on titles. What I have found to be extremely successful is using the following as a sort of title template. "Site Title - key word target"

Below is an example of how your title should look using this template. - Video Games Forum

Since MSN does not currently use meta tags as a source for your sites description, having your key words in you title is extremely vital. It not only gives your site a better chance at ranking high with the search engines, but gives your site identification to those using the search engines.


Like Google and Yahoo, MSN puts a great deal of priority on backlinks. Basically a backlink is a link pointing from one website to another. Without links, your website will more than likely go unnoticed. So how should you accumulate these links? Backlinks can come from many sources. A couple of my favorites include

Link exchanges with relevant sites
And coop networks

For more detail on how to acquire quality backlinks check out another article I wrote found on my blog

Anchor Text

Part of targeting the key words you choose is by using anchor text with backlinks. The anchor text is the text you see with a standard text link. So when you add your URL to directories, forums, articles other sites or wherever, instead of using http, use your key word(s) as your link title. Depending on where you are submitting your site, the link should look something like the following

[url=]video game forum[/url]

It has been shown that the major search engines, including MSN give links with anchor higher weight compared to a standard URL link. For this reason alone, using anchor links are worth the time and effort.

The Importance of a Relevant URL

I believe your domains URL has a significant impact on ranking well with MSN. It is by no means as important as title, backlinks, or anchor, but still can seriously effect your overall ranking. For example if you have a website discussing how hot Britney spears is, it's far more effective to have a u URL which has relevant key word text in it. For example:


Is far more effective ss opposed to a URL such as

Of course, you can still rank well if you target the right key words, but having an appropriate URL with good key word text, will make it much easier and faster to reach the top


The new MSN search engine is unique. To rank high you have to clearly target specific key words. Once you know your key words, develop your site with focus on title, backlinks with anchor text, and a relevant URL. Of course there are many other factors to take into consideration as well, but if you follow my advice, you will notice significant improvement in overall ranking.

Ron is the CTO for Dice Ventures Inc an internet holdings and development company. Some current projects include a Investment forum and a Linux forum

This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at

Search Engine Land

International SEO: How to build a global footprint
Search Engine Land
Global trends like the adoption of a mobile-first approach should shape international SEO strategy, but this must be imbued with the usage trends that make each territory distinct. If businesses can incorporate local insights and tailor their approach ...
How Not to Write for SEO in 2018 | Window & DoorWindow and Door
David Sayce: The Search Community Honors YouSearch Engine Roundtable

all 11 news articles »

Search Engine Journal

13 Things You Need to Include in SEO Contracts
Search Engine Journal
SEO contracts can be confusing, controversial, and a sticking point that we all quickly want to get past in the search industry. They don't have to be, though, as they can be incredibly useful tools on the front end of an engagement to get everyone on ...

How to Strategically Increase Your SEO: Part 2
Alabama Media Group
Page title or “title tag” – For this post, the title tag is “How to strategically improve your destination's SEO: Part 2 | Alabama Media Group.” This tag gives the name of the blog post and the name of the business. Meta description –When users search ...

and more »

99Signals - Tech News, Tech Hacks, & More (blog)

3 Common Myths About SEO
99Signals - Tech News, Tech Hacks, & More (blog)
The problem is, many of them have nothing of substance to say whatsoever. Even worse, a few of them are even passing on bad information – SEO myths that people end up believing and then using to design their websites or create their marketing ...


12 SEO Trends Heating Up 2018
If your business isn't taking advantage of using SEO strategies on its website, blogs and social media pages, you're missing the boat in terms of ranking your business in internet searches. SEO is one of the most effective ways to ensure your customers ...

and more »

Search Engine Journal

How to Write a Great Title Tag for Google & Users
Search Engine Journal
Editor's note: “Ask an SEO” is a weekly column by technical SEO expert Jenny Halasz. Come up with your hardest SEO question and fill out our form. You might see your answer in the next #AskanSEO post! Today, we're talking title tags. Here's this week's ...


7 Tips for Boosting Your SEO for the Rankings You Deserve: The Advanced Guide
I'm not just talking about Facebook and Twitter, though of course those are paramount. I'm talking Crunchbase, Instagram, Google+, LinkedIn, etc. (But not Snapchat—it's dead). Sharing your content on social channels will help generate user attention ...

Search Engine Journal

Local SEO in 2018: 12 Tips to Build Local Engagement
Search Engine Journal
Competition in the local SERPs is getting more difficult and “your website doesn't matter” anymore. Dana DiTomaso, President and Partner at Kick Point, recently spoke about local SEO in 2018 and beyond during PeepCon 3.0. DiTomaso explained why ...


#457SEO: Fighting the Stigma of HIV in the SEO
#457SEO: Fighting the Stigma of HIV in the SEO. By: WOUB News Team Posted on: Wednesday, March 21, 2018. < < Back to. The opioid epidemic has impacted every fabric of the social construct in southeast Ohio. And it has increased the risk of bloodborne ...


Is There Any New Innovation In SEO?
Jayson DeMers , Contributor I demystify SEO and online marketing for business owners. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. Is There Any New Innovation In SEO? Is There Any New Innovation In SEO? Search engine ...

Google News

home | site map
© 2006