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Where is this sudden surge of traffic comming to my website from?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by michaelsmith77, Mar 29, 2016.

  1. michaelsmith77

    michaelsmith77 Regular Member

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    Hi,

    For the last 4 days there has been a massive spike in traffic that i am getting to one of my adult sites, the unique visitors has almost doubled but i am bit stumped as to where it's coming from. I've checked the affiliate stats of the companies videos i am promoting and they only show loads of visitors coming to the main URL of my site, so no specific video links. I've checked my google webmaster tools and i can't see any new rising keywords that are gaining traffic, just the same keywords that i have always ranked for and they are not getting much more traffic then usual. I've also checked my google analytics account and i can't find anything on there either. I've got a twitter account linked to my website which auto updates every time i post new content on my site but that only posts specific video links so am sure if i was getting more traffic to particular videos i would be able to see that from my affiliate stats.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. Adrian112

    Adrian112 Supreme Member Premium Member

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    Bots/Spiders, it could be referral spam traffic, I get tons of that traffic every day, I just block it in Analytics.
     
  3. NobelNerd

    NobelNerd Power Member

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    Gooogle Analytics ==> Acquisition ==> All Traffic ==> Source
     
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    whiteblackseo Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Yea seems bot traffic, doesn't look like real traffic.
     
  5. BrPimp

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    Take a look at your referrers in GA, probably they are Bots. They could screw your analytics, specially in adult sites because of high number of pages.
     
  6. BrPimp

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    Take a look at your referrers in GA, probably they are Bots. They could screw your analytics, specially in adult sites because of high number of pages.

    You could block them in your GA dashboard or if you want to go deeper and mess with .htaccess and PHP try this method h[x][x]ps://perishablepress.com/blackhole-bad-bots/
     
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  7. michaelsmith77

    michaelsmith77 Regular Member

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    What do these bots get out of sending spam hits to my site?
     
  8. michaelsmith77

    michaelsmith77 Regular Member

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    Hi,

    Whats the best way of blocking this spam traffic via GA?

    Thanks
     
  9. Zwielicht

    Zwielicht Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Go to your GA account property, click the admin tab, go to filters, click on "+new filter", and enter the info (with the exception of the filter pattern and name; change it to the URL that's spamming you) as shown below:
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    You can block multiple URLs with one filter by adding a "|" without the quotes. I've provided an example using old referrer spam offenders below:
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    guardlink.org|semalt.semalt.com|4webmasters.org|free-share-buttons.com
    
    I try to avoid sharing any of my sites in threads here, but here are a few links on the issue that go over what I said in more detail.
    https://www.sycosure.com/blog/block-referrer-spam/
    https://www.sycosure.com/blog/floating-share-buttons-org-referral-spam/

    Even though I mention an htaccess method, there's no need to do this unless the traffic is actually hitting your site (ghost referrer spam doesn't).
     
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  10. michaelsmith77

    michaelsmith77 Regular Member

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    Hi,

    I've just blocked all the referrer traffic that i was getting to my site via Google analytics. I hope this sorts the issue out. As i mentioned before i run an adult site that promotes affiliate content for another company and i just earn off the affiliate sales, I've been seeing these bot hits on my affiliate stats as well, now that i've blocked them on GA will it stop the clicks showing up on my affiliate account as well?

    Thanks
     
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  11. Zwielicht

    Zwielicht Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    No, it will only stop the hits from showing up on your Google Analytics account. If these bots are hitting your website and clicking on your ads, then you have a bigger problem than referral spam (after re-reading your post, I doubt it's referral spam now).

    I've never dealt with spam/bot traffic that clicks my ads before, but have you tried IP blocking them on your website, or are the IPs varied?
     
  12. michaelsmith77

    michaelsmith77 Regular Member

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    Hi,

    That's what i thought there must be something else going on here. The way my site works is like this. A user comes on to my site. There are tons of thumbnail images that you can click and once you do, you are redirected to the companies site whos videos i am promoting and you can watch a preview of that particular clip and after that you can choose to signup for a paid membership. As i mentioned in my initial post there has been a massive increase in the number of unique visitors i am getting and the number of join hits i am getting but i can't understand what these bots would be getting out of doing this other then pi**ing me off lol?
     
  13. Zwielicht

    Zwielicht Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    So the ads on your site are kind of like Taboola or OutBrain (those "From around the web" links)?

    It could be a jealous competitor trying to piss you off, but it's difficult to tell.

    If their goal is to screw up your analytics, one measure you can take is to remove the ads from a day or two and see if it stops, but for some people that's a bit extreme.
     
  14. michaelsmith77

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    Probably shouldn't mention this name on here but the company i am an affiliate of is naughty america and i promote there mobile content. I reckon am just going to leave it for now anyway. I can't work out where it's coming from so there's not much i can do. There are no ads on my site, i just use the affiliate content they provide to promote there mobile videos that's all.