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Very unusual (bot) traffic on one of my Youtube Videos... I didn't send it, what to do?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by DeLaGarde, Mar 30, 2017.

  1. DeLaGarde

    DeLaGarde Newbie

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    This is my first thread here, apology if its in the wrong area or something.

    TL/DR One of my videos started recieving x10 larger than normal traffic, half of it coming from Linux. Someone is sending views, but its not me. What should I do, if anything?
    • Considering letting it run, you know, free views
    • Considering making the vid private to avoid possible ban due to violation of TOS
    • Thought to contact YT, but considering my own social exchange views this might be shooting myself in the foot, why bring undue attention to my channel
    • Curious as to who would do this and what there intentions may be
    Seeing as you lot have experience with botted views and what have you, whaddaya think I should do?

    Background info:

    I have a testbed channel I made a month ago.. just some Viral type videos that I will use for Grey Hat research, how to promote a legit channel via the types of methods discussed on this forum. I sent the 4 videos that I have there some social exchange views and subs and what have you, at the rate of around 10 views per hour, nothing much. Also experimented with some comment upvoting (did around 5 top comments on some popular videos). Soon after the top comments, (this all happened in the space of a few days, timing could be coincidental) I noticed one of my videos, the shittiest one, the first one I uploaded started getting mad views.

    There are a few things that have made me suspicious of where these views are coming from.

    1. No spillover of views to my other videos. That's unusual. The views coming in on my other vids are social exchange views that I have sent.

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    2. Too much traffic coming form Linux OS, with identical profile to traffic coming from Windows OS, in equal measure, but no mobile or mac traffic:

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    this one clinches it for me, its bot traffic, but there's more ...

    3. Average view duration for this video is flat-lining. I think this is an unnatural occurrence. (note that due to YouTubes delay in registering views, this views-onslaught has barely started registering in this graph, watch time on the left is going to hit the roof):

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    Its no big deal, channel ain't worth much either way, but its got me extremely curious as to what the heck is going on here. Just thought I's ask here what people make of this before I do anything, so what do y'all think?
     
  2. Wizi Marketing

    Wizi Marketing Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    one of my team mate working on youtube channel had same issue. well he realized the issue later when damage was done. best would be to turn your video pvt for few days
     
  3. darulez

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    I dont like it too.
    put it unlisted for a few days...
    and in the meantime, reupload some rededited video to be on safe side as unlisted ..
     
  4. DeLaGarde

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    Many many thanks guys for replying on this thread with your experiences with this type of situation. My apologies for taking long to follow up, pressing offline stuff happened :p

    For the sake of anyone who may encounter this situation in the future, here's how it played out..

    Since this was happening on a relatively new YouTube channel and I could live with losing it (though I wouldn't be happy), I decided to let the views run to see what happened. The one video that was getting the botted views continued to receive around 2000 views a day for about a week. My other videos where unaffected. About a week after the botted views came in, YouTube removed around 40% of those views, but other videos and views remained unaffected and I received no strikes/notices about this.

    What was interesting about this bot is that it managed to show the views as coming from 3 different traffic sources: External, Suggested videos, and Browse Features - in equal proportions. I wonder how they achieved that.

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    But the fact that the traffic was coming from 50% Linux and 50% Windows OS's gave it away, as did the fact that there where no mobile views. I cant be sure what exactly triggered YouTube to remove 40% of the views, but if I can see that its a bot, so can they. I was surprised that they didn't remove all the views. Considering the fact that YouTube knows about botting and botting 'attacks', I didn't expect them to close my channel, but I got no reaction at all from YouTube aside from the drop in views. After the botting ended the video went back to getting very few (organic) views.

    I'm still not sure why or who sent the views, but at the end of the day no harm done to my channel, and I got another story about weird things that can happen online.