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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?
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.
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
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.
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?