Microsoft Bing Still Spamming Fake Referrers In Webmaster Log Files

Aug 25, 2009 • 8:06 am | comments (3) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Bing Search
 

I normally don't get upset when I report about bugs with search engines, it is what I do. But I am really getting upset with Microsoft and their webmaster support with Bing, really. For the umpteenth time, Microsoft said they fixed the fake referrer issue that has been plaguing webmasters since 2007 and they have lied again. Well, maybe the word lied is a strong word, maybe Microsoft simply has no idea how to manage a search spider or crawl the web?

The day after Microsoft said they fixed the issue with fake referral data showing up in log files, webmasters said the issue is still there. We have updated threads at Bing Forums and WebmasterWorld, the issue is still going on.

I am sorry for being so upset about this, but this is seriously a bit out of hand. Why? Well, we reported this issue so many times, here is an archive:

Now these are only issues specific to fake referrers clogging up our log files. This doesn't mention the issues with Cashback rewards, or Bing clicking on their own search ads, or NOODP tag, the geotargeting issues, crawling too fast, adding pound signs to URLs and much more.

So I am a bit upset with Bing Webmaster support.

Forum discussion at Bing Forums and WebmasterWorld.

Update: After much pushing here and other blogs I write on, Microsoft has said they finally fixed the issue. They didn't explain why there was an issue, but they did say they fixed the issue. More details over here.

Previous story: Daily Search Forum Recap: August 24, 2009
 

Comments:

David

08/25/2009 12:39 pm

It does sound like a fair complaint and as you point out something that has been happening for close to 3 years. Is it one of those bugs that someone has just said this is too hard we will leave it till later?

James

08/26/2009 07:52 pm

"Later", as in, "When we completely rebuild our search engine and launch it as Bing?" or maybe they still need more time to figure out what a "spider" is, and where to find it's integral referrer info ... ? Seriously, they claim it is to mitigate "cloaking" (presenting one dataset to a crawler and another to normal visitors). Seriously. Microsoft. Worried about cloaking. If it didn't hurt so much I'd be laughing.

fixed now

08/28/2009 07:24 pm

This is fixed now, for real. See the Bing thread.

blog comments powered by Disqus