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Lots of Russian visits

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by SmexyLizard, Mar 7, 2015.

  1. SmexyLizard

    SmexyLizard Registered Member

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    So just after I set up Google Analytics and started tracking visitors to my site I noticed that something like 80% of my visitors are speaking Russian from Russia. Since then the total number of sessions is done to ~50% of all sessions since I started my blog, but only ~3% of those are new sessions. My blog is in English, is hosted in America, has nothing to do with Russia and has barely had any promotion so I'm confused as to where the traffic from Russia is coming from. I thought they could be spiders, but I'd expect Google/Yahoo/etc to crawl from local data centers. Anyone have any insight?
     
  2. traveler329

    traveler329 Registered Member

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    yes i get it too. its called "referal spam" and its a tactic to get people to visit those sites which show up as referrals in your analytics.

    i have tried blocking those sites in my htaccess file but i doesn't seem to work..
     
  3. cottonwolf

    cottonwolf Regular Member

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    does your visitors come from a forum.darodar. stg ?
     
  4. webonic

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    Russians on league of legends, russians on global offensive russians everywhere.
     
  5. lancis

    lancis Elite Member

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    Referral spam probably, Russians produce a lot of it.
    I generally just block the Russian IP range on sites where Russians are not going to convert.
     
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    Yeah Ukraine seems to have the same problem
     
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    Do you get any conversion or clicks from that traffic ?
     
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    I second mhassni's Q. Do they convert.
     
  10. phirex

    phirex Power Member

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    Its spam meant to trick webmasters into checking the "referring url" - once they do, they usually redirect you to amazon implementing their affiliate cookie, now if you make a purchase in the next 30 days, they get $$$.
    I bet they are making decent money, and i bet someone from BHW is behind it.
    EXPOSE YOURSELF! :)
     
  11. lancis

    lancis Elite Member

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    I bet they make pennies... every webmaster I know uses some sort of private mode to browse Internet.
     
  12. SmexyLizard

    SmexyLizard Registered Member

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    Yep, just checked, that's the place.

    The bounce rate is ~85%, so I'd say no.

    Thanks!
     
  13. cottonwolf

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    Could you redirect them to some affiliate link of yours? What kind of traffic is this anyway? Bot? I guess so, don't know how referral spam works, time to google it

    edit: nvm, found my answers in 2 min http://www. optimizesmart.com/geek-guide-removing-referrer-spam-google-analytics/
     
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    This is the new thing I learned today called referral spam. Thanks for sharing your problem.
     
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    Zwielicht Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Russians on... Black Hat World!?
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    socialnetwork0utlaw Newbie

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    same here. I am from Bulgaria. the referer is "googlsucks do tcom" and it redirects to mozilla plugin page. I wonder if this kind of traffic affects the CTR and other data that later will lower my income from ads or down-rank my site??
     
  17. Corydoras007

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    They're ghost referrals. They don't actually visit your site. They somehow scraped google analytics ids and then spammed the hell out of them

    To fix, make a new analytics id... Probably something that doesn't end with a 1. This should stop these ghost referrals. For how long? I don't know.