So waaay back in August (which isn't actually all that long ago - but it feels like an age!) I left this comment on Rand's post asking for feedback to take to the MSN/Live team about ways they could improve their service.
It's not so much an improvement to a current feature but I think there's a gap in the market at the moment for them to over-take yahoo as the SEO/webmasters portal. Currently I use Yahoo for the majority of my link analysis and a hefty chunk of my keyphrase research.Well it looks like link data is finally available through Live if you simply add a '+' before the search (example) - hat tip to Joost for picking this up!
The problem is that Yahoo's traffic data is now outdated and their link tool is getting more temperamental every day. If MSN/Live can come up with something which works and is effective then they could seriously undermine or even overtake Yahoo's dominance in this area.
##Why is this better than Yahoo?
- Firstly you don't have to log in - Yahoo plays up if you don't log in which is a real pain when working on a computer which isn't your own.
- Secondly it indents results from the same domain - no more having to scroll through masses and masses of links when you get a sitewide link.
- Thirdly - it appears to not count nofollowed links.
- Fourthly, it's quicker and cleaner than Yahoo.
In the UK Live/MSN and Yahoo send about the same amount of traffic (in my experience, maybe Live sends a little more) but I can't help but get the feeling that Yahoo is sending less and less and Live is sending more and more. With all the things Live has in the pipeline I think by this time next year we'll be talking Google and Live more or less exclusively and Yahoo will be a distant memory - like Ask, bless them.