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I don't recall a valid explanation being presented, however I may be mistaken.
In October of last year, I had partial key word phrases, which resulted in multiple page request in succession.
Valid phrase= "widget house".
Both secondary searches were/are invalid on my sites.
I grew weary of the daily requests and denied ALL search.live refers for a time.
Eventually these request ceased and I removed the denial.
Sorry I'm unable to be more help.
Maybe they are trying to fool people so it looks like MSN gains market share? What a cool strategy!
[edited by: SEOPTI at 4:57 pm (utc) on Mar. 25, 2009]
really don't know what to do with all those fake requests from MSN, they are bombing my sites with requests like "phone" or "city" .. this really screws up my statistics.
In the event the refer terms are the same?
An option of denial based on same is possible, although not 100% effective.
Had some visitors that were bombing my sites regularly with:
"contact mail email phone fax tel"
I know myself I just filter these out of my resulting Search terms and Referrer stats based on ip range. I ignore all search terms and referrers from known search engine bot ranges, so they do not skew my stats.
Or is he implying that the strange activity should now have ceased and we should only contact Betsy if we're still seeing it?
[edited by: Umbra at 3:26 pm (utc) on April 21, 2009]
For instance, one time I found msnbot shoving some 7K long URIs into my server for some reason which caused the server to hiccup, hopefully that's all it did.
All of these requested URIs had a huge binary string embedded that typically starts with "%C3%83%C6%92%C3%86%E2%80%99%C3%83%E2%80" and continues.
The requests look like this:
I did a search in Live and sure enough, there appear to be sites out there indexed that are embedding these strings in URIs either for some purpose and some of those sites are linked to malware, so draw your own conclusion.
Thanks for stopping by.
Yes, the actual keyword is a word "STRING". Why are your bots wasting my bandwidth, server resources and most precious - My Time?
We constantly SCORE about useless Scrapers and Spammers for wasting our time.
Why are your bots contributing to wasted energy?