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Google Traffic only coming from 2 IP ranges

Users coming to our site from Google all have the same IP range

     
8:39 pm on Sep 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I thought this was quite odd. On Aug. 26th our traffic from Google users dropped like a rock and then we found a site doing a meta refresh to our site...hijacking content. They have since fixed the link and Google has removed it from their index.

Anyway, I've noticed a LITTLE traffic coming in from Google (people doing searches) - however, ALL of the people are coming from 2 different IP classes
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I did some traceroutes with NeoTrace which shows where they are located on a map and most are coming from the the same locations. I'm thinking that perhaps this means one of Google's datacenters has the most current index for us and we will be coming back accross the other datacenters.... but I wanted to see what others thought about this.

One reason I think this is because we record referring URLs so I can see see what the customer searched for, and Google is showing them new links that we added within the past couple of weeks.

Anyone know if there is still a way to do a search using specific Google datacenters? When I try doing the same search that users are using to get to our site, I am NOT seeing our site listed AT ALL.

My fingers are crossed and I'm hoping whatever is in that one datacenter is going to spread to the others.

10:17 am on Sept 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I have to say I've never noticed this type of thing, but I don't really look at traffic IP ranges.

Does anyone else out there track where their Google visitors come from when a site first appears in Google?

2:38 pm on Sept 17, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Most of the roadrunner and aol home users will show to be from Virginia regardless of where they actually are. You are probably just seeing mostly home surfer traffic at this point.
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Most of the roadrunner and aol home users will show to be from Virginia regardless of where they actually are. You are probably just seeing mostly home surfer traffic at this point.

I get the same thing. I fact, it gives some of my clients fits when using a stat program. Because of this, IPs and demographics can get muddled.

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How much traffic? It is not uncommon for people to spread news of a site through an organization by saying "google keyword. The third entry from the top is ..."

BTW: I've noticed a lot of duplicate IP traffic coming from adwords. I suspect it is largely from competition and people who are wanting to earn themselves a trip to Vegas by clicking on ads.

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As far as "location" - The traffic does not seem to be coming from a particular city or state. It seems to be in the upper northeast (Greatlakes and east of them). We do have a FEW people coming from Texas, Florida and California...but I could count those on one hand. Other than that, we are not getting any traffic from any other states/locations. I'm quite confused as to what this means.
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If you know the traffic is the result of search strings entered into google then maybe it is the result of google having different data centers answer requests regionally and the caches are out of sync at the one datacenter. Could be a sign of a turnaround or could be just a rollback of data at one datacenter.
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Exactly - this is what I originally was inquiring about.... different datacenters.

I'm hoping it is a "good" turnaround, but I can't be sure without being able to see the results that come up. If I could actually see the results those visitors are seeing I will be able to see if it is showing our new pages. Does anyone know if there is a way (as there used to be) to do searches from specific datacenters?

Also, I'm curious how long it takes for changes to propogate throughout Google's datacenters.

5:59 am on Sept 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Can you access the refering google URL and your page is listed there?

If not, it could mean that only some DCs carry your listing, hence the "IP regionality" of visitors.

Othwerwise it's odd ...

10:49 am on Sept 18, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I always assumed that these two IP addresses I see coming from Google are the bot crawling my site as opposed to user clicking through on search listings.

Are you able to match search URLs to IP addresses in your logs?

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dirkz -
I can visit the same URL the customer used to come to our site, but I do not see our site as a result which means that the datacenter used when I use Google doesn't have the same data as the other data center(s)... but the way it looks right now - I would say only ONE of Google's datacenters has us coming up in search results. Whatever happened in Aug really messed things up for us... so I'm hoping things will get better based on what I'm seeing.

internetheaven -
The IP address I am referring to are the visitors IP addresses...not Googles. I can see what the exact search string (referring URL) was and what the visitor's IP address was.