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Referrals From MSN But can't find it myself Tiebreaker
My google analytics is showing me lots of referrals from MSN/Live for a certain keyword - but when I go to MSN and search myself, my site appears nowhere.
I suspect this may be some kind of geo targeting - the keyword in question is the name of a US city - and I am based in the UK.
I'm assuming that US users are seeing different results than I am - is there any way I can see the results that US searchers are seeing?
Try adding &mkt=en-US to the URL of the SERP. Tiebreaker
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.
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.
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
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.
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
[ ...] search.msn.com
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?
actually after looking at a couple IPS (22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199) they resolve to MSN .. so it must be the bot spam indeed..
I thought this crap would end with Bing, but it's still going on. MSFT, can you please stop spamming our logs?