gateur writes: "I have several websites that recently began seeing a substantial increase in traffic. Upon further investigation I found the increase is from a single source... MS Live Search. In all cases the IP address belongs to a particular class C, 65.55.110.xxx, at Microsoft Corporation (a different network segment from that of Live.com). The search contains only a single common keyword, such as "business", yet the site receiving the hit does not appear in the search results for that keyword on MS Live. I operate about a dozen websites and see this traffic on only those which appear in the top 10 results on Google. I'm wondering if anyone else is seeing this same anomaly in their traffic reports, and whether Microsoft is trying to fudge the numbers so site owners think they have more traffic from Live.com than really exists."
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