I’m about tired of getting spammed by Windows Live.
It’s the whole Black hat mentality of if I can’t compete, I’ll cheat however, the methods they are using are a couple years old. Not only are they unable to compete with Google but they are just as unable to use new black hat methods.
A couple years ago Black Hats used PrStorm to ping thousands of sites at a time, when a site was pinged, it would say that one person went to your site from [Black Hat URL here]. If the site publically publishes its referral logs (giving links to all sites that sent a ping), the black hat website would get a backlink.
Windows Live is now showing up in my referral logs saying my site is ranking for all kinds of crazy keywords on page one. Keywords like Internet, Design, Web, Website and the list goes on and on, the sad part is that my website is not ranking for those keywords.
And the problem is that my stats are becoming more and more misleading. As a matter of fact it seems that every time I make a blog post I get more of these fake referrals.
I went to look into this problem a bit and found this http://ekstreme.com/thingsofsorts/blogging/yell-if-microsofts-livecom-spammed-you-too, this http://www.seroundtable.com/archives/014720.html and this http://www.webmasterworld.com/msn_microsoft_search/3424476.htm and to make it worst it would appear that this problem has been going on for a couple years now.
I guess that means it isn’t going to stop anytime soon.
If Windows Live is going to go Black Hat they really need to do a better job.