Welcome to WebmasterWorld Guest from 54.160.198.60

Forum Moderators: Robert Charlton & aakk9999 & andy langton & goodroi

Message Too Old, No Replies

Multiple "ghost visits" via Google

     
9:05 pm on Nov 30, 2010 (gmt 0)

Full Member

10+ Year Member

joined:Mar 15, 2004
posts: 241
votes: 0


Hi,

There's something weird happing on one of my sites and I'm not sure how to go about trying to prevent it, if it's at all possible. Maybe someone recognises what I'm about to describe...

Everyday I'm getting multiple (5 - 10) "visits" to the homepage of the site via Google through a search (according to Analytics) for "brand name keyword1 keyword2". These visits are only for the homepage file, therefore being registered as 100% bounce every time. SOMEtimes a few other files, e.g. images, are downloaded too, but it's mainly just the homepage file itself that's requested. It used to be from a single IP address too but now that changes. According to Analytics the visitor uses Safari on a Mac. Using this info I saw what was happening on the site logs. What could be causing this? Is it some kind of prefetch phenomenon?

My concern is that so many of these ghost visits, creating a high bounce rate for the above key phrase, is going to jeopardize the site in some way. Should I be worried?
11:04 pm on Nov 30, 2010 (gmt 0)

Administrator from US 

WebmasterWorld Administrator goodroi is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:June 21, 2004
posts:3122
votes: 113


if 5-10 visits a day can significantly impact your bounce rate i think you have bigger problems.

personally i would not worry too much about it. i have not yet seen evidence that the bounce rate is a significant part of the google ranking algo. i would focus on developing quality links and content. that should help increase your traffic level to the point that 10 visits wont move your bounces rate :)

ps good job monitoring your analytics and looking at your log files to notice this
11:45 pm on Nov 30, 2010 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:Aug 29, 2006
posts:1312
votes: 0


According to Analytics the visitor uses Safari on a Mac

Check the full user-agent in your raw access logs.

It will probably include the words "Google Web Preview".

[webmasterworld.com...]

...
11:50 pm on Nov 30, 2010 (gmt 0)

Senior Member

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 5+ Year Member

joined:Feb 16, 2007
posts:846
votes: 0


Safari "Top Sites" perhaps? [webmasterworld.com...]
2:42 am on Dec 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

Full Member

10+ Year Member

joined:Mar 15, 2004
posts: 241
votes: 0


if 5-10 visits a day can significantly impact your bounce rate i think you have bigger problems.

Well, it's a niche site. No big e-commerce here. A couple of hundred visits a day means 5-10 "visits" make a difference. I'd hope Google understands scale.
12:21 pm on Dec 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

Administrator from US 

WebmasterWorld Administrator goodroi is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

joined:June 21, 2004
posts:3122
votes: 113


google does understand scale and it seems like they have multiple ways of measuring a site. i have some small niche websites and the metrics for those sites can greatly vary but my google rankings always stay high.
1:54 pm on Dec 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

Full Member

10+ Year Member

joined:Mar 15, 2004
posts: 241
votes: 0


The thing that bugs me about this though is that if it is a preview of some kind, why is it continually registering as a Google referal? Surely it would be a direct traffic?