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2:52 am on Aug 16, 2019 (gmt 0)

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Starting about a week ago, I'm seeing a lot of cases where I can't see what page the visitor is on.

I initially though these may some kind of ghost traffic or bots or something, but the origin of these requests and other trends (such as timing) indicates that these are likely genuine users. In other words, these are coming smartphone users from smallish towns and follow overall traffic patterns in terms of their timing, frequency and so on.

UPDATE: I checked the 'browser' and 'operating system' from which this traffic is coming from and it says GoogleAnalytics in the 'browser' column and 'Android' in the OS column. If one is to assume that this is some kind of 'second counting' or mirror traffic, that's also confusing because the city-wise source of this traffic and the source of the other traffic do not always match.

Could it be related to Mobile SDK traffic, as described here? [blog.dan-russell.com ] Anyway to figure out which app could be taking content from our website? We don't have any official apps. Could it be the Google News app?

The charts attached at the bottom are from early morning today.

It seems to affect only direct traffic (which could be from WhatsApp).
One possibility I can think of is that these are traffic to Wordpress embedded pages within other pages, or to image files. But I've never seen this phenomenon ever before.

Has anyone else been having such trouble lately? Possible to fix?

See the GA charts in these links:

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4:24 am on Aug 16, 2019 (gmt 0)

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It was indeed Google News App. I gave a different analytics ID for Google News app and it shifted the traffic stats there.