One of my clients just placed an ad on a site that uses <snip> to serve ads/images.
The advertised-on site doesn't have the correct link set up yet (so none of their viewers can click on our ad and arrive at our site!), but we're already seeing large amounts of traffic with imgserv.<snip>.com as the referrer. Currently, one hit every minute or two ("large" is relative).
Every hit is for the home page, and the images on the home page are NEVER requested. Hits come from hundreds of different addresses, apparently from many different browsers and versions.
My first thought was that this was <snip>'s way of keeping linked ads "fresh" -- if the site went down, they'd remove the ad from rotation. (but why every two minutes, why from hundreds of different addresses, and why spoof the client type?)
I'm *highly suspicious* that this is something more deceptive. The obvious would be a click-thru inflater robot, and not a very well-designed one.
Has anyone else seen anything like this? Would you suspect <snip> or the advertised-on site? Is there *any* realistic chance that it could be an accident (or misconfig) somewhere?
Thanks for your thoughts.
[edited by: eljefe3 at 4:46 am (utc) on Sep. 1, 2004]