MSN Live Search Spam BOT Cloaked referrals

Hey Microsoft? What gives with all these dodgy false referrals? Do you think it’s a good thing to send zillions of false queries to website owners? Why are you doing this? Don’t you think it’s a little rude.

Back in December here Nathan Buggia said on the very issue of these cloaked referrals

Hopefully webmasters have also noticed these issues disappearing. If you are still experiencing any issues, please contact us before you block MSNBot, to see if we can address the issue.

Yet it’s now what June six months later and it’s getting worse. Can you please stop, thanks! This isn’t a way to endear yourself to the search community.

Here are 10 other people commenting on the same.

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  2. Microsoft Reports That Issues With Their Live Search Cloaking
  3. MS Live Search hitting web sites with fake referer information
  4. Is Microsoft Live Search stuffing our log files
  5. MSN, Ban Me I don’t Care, But Stop Sending Spam Referrals
  6. Strange Referrer Activity
  7. Yell if Microsoft’s Live.com Spammed You Too
  8. Live search referrer spamming
  9. The Art of Web ~ System- Referer Spam from Live Search
  10. Microsoft Live Search’s Strange Spam-Like Referrals Are Official Tests

(hat tip to Carlo)

Psst Carlo, drop the nofollow on those links in your post!

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Posted on: 21st June 2008, by : Rob Watts

4 thoughts on “MSN Live Search Spam BOT Cloaked referrals

  1. So I thought that I was alone to get all those and I have some issues but am shocked to know that it is happening everywhere on the web. I think all talent of MS has been moved somewhere else(Perhaps Google acquire it).

  2. I haven’t exactly seen this, but it really makes you wonder… I have never been able to get much MSN traffic, even though I have some nice keywords on some sites.

    With IE7 having the Live Search built-in and all the crawling they do, they sure do act like they get a larger percent of searchers.

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