MSN redesign may have hurt Bing traffic
Recent comScore numbers have indicated that a recent redesign to the MSN landing page may have hurt Microsoft's web traffic, including Bing's. The hit was hard enough that Microsoft asked comScore to include Skype, Outlook, and all of their other web properties in a revised count by comScore.
The problem is that the MSN portal used to point people to articles through Bing search results, and now they link directly to the outside sources, bypassing MSN and Bing altogether. In September, MSN's site saw about 3.79 million visitors, while the revised count for October including Bing and Skype is up to 6.77 million.
Do you guys have MSN set as your home page? How often do you click through on articles there? Is it fair for Microsoft to ask comScore to pad their traffic numbers with other web properties? Should they just shut MSN down and stick with Bing as Explorer's default home page?
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First thing I do on a fresh install of Windows was change the homepage in Internet explorer to something else; even though I use FireFox as my default browser haha
MSN and Bing.
Slightly off topic, but I also wish Cortana searches counted for Bing.
>> Absolutely not! And the redesign did nothing to make me even consider it. How often do you click through on articles there?
>> Oh, maybe twice a day since activating Cortana Is it fair for Microsoft to ask comScore to pad their traffic numbers with other web properties?
>> Most definitely. If comScore numbers matter to anyone, it's worth padding. Should they just shut MSN down and stick with Bing as Explorer's default home page?
>> No and yes. No they should not shut down MSN, although it was better before the redesign. Yes they should stick with Bing as IE's default home page. I never use MSN on anything except the phone, so really, most of the resign's 'improvements' did nothing for me, and it just made scanning news on the phone not as fun as it was.