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A too common to make sense visitor referral source

     
5:49 pm on Mar 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Have noticed several times when doing social media site posts and looking at my referral log stats there is something odd in that about 80% of the visits to my links are from: compute-1.amazonaws.com

For example, with my latest posts (on much different subjects) there were about 50 visitors to my 2 linked sites within 5 minutes of the posts, with about 40 site visitors from that same referral source.

I realize amazonaws is a popular service but I am sure is not so common that it's normally the primary referral source of traffic.

Does anyone know how this may be happening or take a guess how it's possible?
6:06 pm on Mar 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

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aren't they generally scrapers/bots?
6:11 pm on Mar 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Aren't they generally scrapers/bots?


Amazon AWS, you'll find plenty of discussions where folks just block the little buggers. Google the URI string and you'll see plenty of topics, a few from WebmasterWorld too...

AmazonAWS.com plays host to wide variety of bad bots
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6:33 pm on Mar 24, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Thanks but what possible purpose could there be for them paying visits to my site via the link in the post?
2:00 am on Mar 26, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Anyone know?