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Strange hits from Trakken.corp.google

I'm assuming they're related to AdSense, but...



8:11 pm on Sep 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I have gotten several hits today from Google with the referrer listed as:


The URL they're attempting to hit is:


This is, indeed, a real page that discusses why I have ads on my site (with no incenting!) -- EXCEPT for the ending parenthesis. So the person (or whatever automated process is doing this) keeps getting a 404.

I'm wondering two things:
1) Whether I should do a rewrite to forward hits from the erroneous URL to the correct one.
2) What's going on.

Any insight?


8:19 pm on Sep 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

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might help you


10:00 pm on Sep 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

10+ Year Member

I did read that, indeed, but...

- it doesn't help me understand WHY they're looking at my site (I've been an AdSense publisher for months now)
- it doesn't explain why they are repeatedly hitting a valid URL with a parenthesis tacked on
- it doesn't suggest to me what I should do

I'm a bit concerned because my revenues were about 30% higher than usual yesterday and my CTR was more than double the usual value, so I'm worried that they may suspect fraud. :¦


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