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I'm big in Dubai!

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2:37 am on Jul 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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This merely a curiosity, not a hard core analytics question.

I was looking over my web stats and noticed that I have noticeably disproportionate number of visits from Dubai. Has anybody come up with a way for isolating the reason for a geographic traffic clump?

Thanks.

2:58 am on July 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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In most cases it's not so hard to figure out. Look at the keyword usage, referer and times before you started getting the clump and after ... maybe it's a seasonal thing or could be worker / military / event related. Depends on the guts of your site. I have one tourism site that attracts a large number of itinerant worker visits as well as national and international tourist visits.
Dubai? oilfield, european tourism (new), military folks,?
10:07 am on July 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I've had similar traffic highs from United Arab Emirates and Singapore. In the Singapore case I think it's because a local paper wrote about the products I'm also writing about. So people went online and searched for more info and got my site.
2:04 pm on July 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Most of the middle east has holidays now or will have shortly so many travel sites see a big jump in hits from Saudi, Dubai etc. Most of them are looking for hotels in Malaysia. It seems to be their favourite holiday destination each year around this time.
3:01 pm on July 28, 2006 (gmt 0)

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androidtech, is it a techy site right?

My geek oriented websites also shows Dubai as #1 regarding number of visitors.

11:59 am on July 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I don't have obscenely high numbers of visits, but do see that Dubai and other oily countries down there are overepresented on my tourism site - I think in my case it is just the holiday season and a general interest in the place I am writing about. It's just popular there.
12:01 pm on July 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The real important thing is whether that traffic converts...
3:40 pm on Aug 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Many Arabs country ISP use proxy servers that can make a single visitor to show up with a dozen or even more different IP adress.

I think that the purpose of using proxy server is that it make it easier to censurate web content that could be offensive to Arab peoples.

6:41 pm on Aug 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Just a shot over the bow... but have you checked if the IP number of your website is listed as being in Dubai? If you have a virtual server, it could be physically there!
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Looking at your referrers would definitely help. It could be that your site is listed on a popular directory in Dubai, your content could be some news related to Dubai that interests its people more than elsewhere. It could be linked from a Dubai portal.
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Because they have alot of money ... growing huge .. we ship alot of items there....

surprisingly enough we have had no fraud from Dubai .. Canada however is another story.