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Crappy Open Directory Listing? MSN to the Rescue

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Now this is a cool announcement. MSN is giving webmasters a way to opt-out of having their Open Directory listing displayed in the search results.

This is great for anyone that has an outdated ODP listing – who doesn’t these days – or simply prefers not to have it displayed for their site.

As MSN points out, just don’t expect an immediate fix:

A word of caution: Putting either tag in your pages will not make your search results descriptions change immediately – they will change once our crawler has re-crawled the page. Usually that takes about 1 day -4 weeks for us to re-crawl you (ok, that sounds odd, but we hope you know what we mean). :)

Nice work guys. Let’s hope Google goes along with the new tag.

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Andy Beal is an internet marketing consultant and considered one of the world’s most respected and interactive search engine marketing experts. Andy has worked with many Fortune 1000 companies such as Motorola, CitiFinancial, Lowes, Alaska Air, DeWALT, NBC and Experian.

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