MSN squelches referrer information, hopefully by accident!
Apparently MSN’s movement to “Live Search” had a deleterious effect on referring source data coming from the search engine beginning sometime over the weekend! Have a look at the thread on the Yahoo! group started Sunday by Debora Geary.
The scariest thing is this explanation by Ian Houston of what is apparently going on over at MSN. Ian is one of the brightest guys I know so when he posts I read. Ian has this to say:
Pretty scary, huh? Now, according to a thread over at the Search Engine Roundtable this was not intentional and MSN is working on a fix for the problem. I guess that’s one way to prevent people from putting out press releases about the quality of referring traffic your site or search engine is sending along …
Watch the Yahoo! group thread for updates on this problem. If anyone from MSN is reading my weblog I’d love to hear what you know and when you expect a solution to be pushed live.