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Dec192007

Google AdWords Ads indexed & listed on Microsoft Live Search

Raven on Microsoft’s Live Search spotted that it’s indexing Google AdWords ads. The example in the below screenshot shows a search on colorations paint, which returned Google AdWords ad in the 3rd and 4th position.

I checked Google, Yahoo and Ask to see if they were indexing any Google AdWords ads, and they were not – at the time of this post. I then did a deeper check on how many Google AdWords ads Microsoft’s Live Search was indexing, and I noticed it was over 4 million!

A site:www.google.com/pagead search at Live Search will show you this for yourself. Here is a screen capture of what I see right now:

Google clearly is blocking search engines from indexing that Google directory in their robots.txt file. However, that doesn’t prevent Live from having URL-based listings that come not from crawling the links but merely seeing them from other pages (Google does the same thing — it may list a blocked URL.

Source:→ SEL Blog

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