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Massive Spike in "direct traffic" Visitors?

Am I under attack?

8:18 am on Nov 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I just checked google analytics for a site I built and saw that I had a massive spike in visitors yesterday. Hundreds of hits came out of one city(Montara, CA) and spent an average of 1 second on the site.

The site looks fine, but I've never seen something like this before. Should I be worried?

Thanks in Advance,

12:35 am on Nov 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Do a DNS check of the IP that came. Chances are it was a bot from Google checking you out.
6:15 pm on Feb 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

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This is funny...

I have never received traffic from Montara until Feb 17 when I received 29 visits. Then yesterday Feb 19 I received 158 visits. This is odd and skewing my data greatly. Avg time on site 1 second, 2 pages per visit, 3% bounce rate, IE 93% traffic, screen-resolution 1024x768. This is definetly not human activity, I am guessing you are correct it has to be a spider... any other thoughts?


[edited by: tedster at 5:48 am (utc) on Feb. 21, 2009]

12:06 am on Feb 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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This is pretty weird, since spiders shouldn't trigger the GA, hence they do not execute js, but it's obviously not human data either.

Maybe some new fishy spider, that'll trigger js?

8:16 am on Feb 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Must be a spider, or a company/small business with a small network having computer problems causing IE hickups?


7:26 pm on Mar 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I can confirm the same activity on my site. No traffic at all from Montara, CA for the last 3 months and then all of a sudden I had 134 visits yesterday with an average visit time of only 6 seconds - but almost 3 pages per visit in those 6 seconds so it must be a bot.

Anyone get the name of the bot yet?

Any increase in spam, or search engine visibility, etc. as a result of this activity?


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