Feigning normality since 1973
Alden defends Microsoft shocker
Filed in: Website Management.
Despite the referrer, my web page doesn't appear in the results for the search term given. One hit, for instance, was for TSV 48 for the search term pertwee, yet TSV 48 isn't listed on that search results page (it's on about page 11).
The only clue was a parameter on the referring URL: FORM=LIVSOP. Googling revealed the truth:
While there are a lot of complaints in that thread, what Microsoft appear to be doing is testing for spammy pages set up to redirect non-bot visitors to other, less desirable pages. It seems to me that there's a lot of blaming of Microsoft, when people should be blaming the spammers. I fully approve of MS keeping their results free of spam.
Edit: Oh, and Google seem to be doing it too.
Posted October 26, 2007 11:14 PM
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