| 12:48 pm on Apr 21, 2009 (gmt 0)|
Try adding &mkt=en-US to the URL of the SERP.
| 7:57 am on Apr 22, 2009 (gmt 0)|
That doesn't help - but strangely, I am now starting to appear with a normal search (after a week of trying).
If I search with 2 keywords (city name plus state) I show up on the first page - but if I just search on city name, nothing comes up.
This is despite the fact that Analytics shows more referrals from city name on its own than from city + state.
| 8:03 am on Apr 22, 2009 (gmt 0)|
You maybe seeing the fake referral traffic that Microsoft have been sending for years. The most recent thread on this is below:
MSN fakes referrers [webmasterworld.com]
If so, the visitor's IP will match microsoft.com.
| 4:30 pm on Apr 22, 2009 (gmt 0)|
I think my referrals are real though - since adsense is showing increased clicks and earnings since I noticed the referrals.
And I AM showing up for city plus state searches now - which suggests to me that the city name referrals are probably real too - I just can't see it in the results myself
| 5:10 pm on Apr 22, 2009 (gmt 0)|
Could be a coincidence. Did you check the IPs? You could also have a look at the average number of pageviews per visitor for these hits (the bot visits only a single page per session).
Alternatively, they might be slowly rolling out an update to their search algorithm, so you won't be seeing new results until it has fully propagated. I have not seen any reports regarding an update, though. You could also try a rank checker, ask someone in the US to perform the search for you and report back, or use a US-based proxy.
| 12:57 pm on May 21, 2009 (gmt 0)|
Yeah I've seen some weird things with MSN Live's referrers lately as well. It seems to only be showing 1 keyword for a multi-keyword query.
For example this is the query that comes to me:
The user lands here:
Obviously Klein is not the fully query that the user typed in.
MSN seems to be ok though as I got this one as well
I cannot seem to be reproduced this myself as multi words show when I do the query manually myself.
Anyone else see this type of thing?
| 1:05 pm on May 21, 2009 (gmt 0)|
actually after looking at a couple IPS (18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124) they resolve to MSN .. so it must be the bot spam indeed..
| 7:20 am on Jul 19, 2009 (gmt 0)|
I thought this crap would end with Bing, but it's still going on. MSFT, can you please stop spamming our logs?