I have a Google news website and recently a couple stories get a ton of traffic from URL's structured like www-ig-opensocial.googleusercontent.com. The same article will get even more traffic with no referrer at all which I assume has something to do with the link above.
Not sure if this will be allowed but here is the exact URL as an example:
Does anyone know what this is? I'm trying to figure out the source of the traffic. It doesn't appear to come directly from Google News. I almost think it's a feed that syndicates content from Google news to other websites or some type of social media thing.
[edited by: tedster at 12:10 am (utc) on Dec 17, 2012] [edit reason] make full URL visible [/edit]
I noticed "abnews" in the URL but couldn't extract any information from that. I should mention I get a lot of referals from Goolge News as [secure search] once the www-ig-opensocial.googleusercontent.com pops up.
First sign of traffic:
1. opensocial.googleusercontent.com accounts for 30% as referral 2. no referral at all accounts for 50% 3. Google News [secure search] 20%
I do see the article getting picked up by other websites as well. It appears to be a syndication feed from Google News with the title and a short blurb from the article.