• http://www.brickmarketing.com nickstamoulis

    Wow, I think it is amazing how Microsoft does not fix an issue for well over 2 years. And it is typical that they gave you a canned answer to submit a request through their webmaster forum…

  • http://www.terryhoward.net Terry Howard

    Seriously, you find it amazing? We are talking about the people whose browser STILL does not support CSS either properly or completely not to mention several other issues like PNG transparency. Pretty sure people have been requesting fixes for that stuff for like 5+ years. It’s pretty much par for the course if you think about it.

  • http://www.brickmarketing.com nickstamoulis

    Hi Terry – Great points…the question is will Microsoft ever really listen to folks and make changes/improvements that are truly needed?

  • http://www.lightbulbinteractive.com davidsculbertson

    I regularly look at the stats for more than dozen websites. Microsoft’s “approach” makes me doubt referrals from Bing/Live/MSN completely. For a couple of clients, the bounce rate for Bing/Live/MSN referrals is higher than 95%. As as SEO practitioner, this makes it impossible to accurately gauge if there is any value to optimizing for Bing/Live/MSN at all.

  • http://mlgoforth mlgoforth

    Thanks for writing about this Danny.
    Bing/Live/MSN/Microsoft or whatever your name is today. You are not a viable search engine when I can’t see the real traffic to my sites from your search engine. 2 years ongoing, apparently you just don’t care. And you wonder why you have an image problem. Wake up.
    I have contacted you Bing/Live/MSN/Microsoft about the fake referrer traffic several times. Via your own forms and in person at a Search Conference, each time being assured it would be fixed. If you can’t fix this how can you really develop a Search Engine that is better than Google. Please Wake UP!

  • http://bryantsmith.com web page designer

    While Google philosophy is do no evil, I’m starting to wonder if Microsoft’s isn’t the exact opposite… I mean, can they do anything honestly and straightforward?

  • http://www.bing.com/community/forums/default.aspx?GroupID=11 brett yount


    Thanks to our webmaster community and followers we are happy to share an update to the referrer issue that you may have heard or read about recently. First of all, we’d like to express our sincere apologies that this referrer issue continued past the August 20th date when we explicitly stated that it was fixed. With the support of many webmasters’ data, our crawling team was able to pinpoint the root cause and deploy a new fix to stop the referrer string in production. This fix has been verified in all of our production beds.

    Thank you for your patience.

    Brett Yount
    Program Manager | Bing Webmaster Center
    LG Consulting at Microsoft
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