virtualreality - 3:25 pm on May 9, 2013 (gmt 0)
As I mentioned earlier, my website traffic has also been down since 4/15. I also noticed tons of strange sites in my AWStats most of them are .ru. It appears they link to me but when I looked back it seems this is an old problem that existed for more one year. Have someone else noticed that?Could that be a reason for a drop in search? I just contacted my web host and this is what they replied:
The only way to stop that from happening is to block the IP's to that country. This causes a lot of load on your server so it is not recommended. The best thing you can do is to get robots.txt working on your site and ensure that caching is enabled so that if you do get an influx of bogus traffic it won't cause your site to get knocked off line. I'm going to send this ticket over to our security team to scan in the off chance that there has been a breech that's causing this traffic. Please stand by for updates.