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Is your view that the zombies are actual humans who click through sites ?
In my world view then the zombies are bots that live inside chrome.
That's precisely right. If you mess with them, they mess with you. But I had to play with them to find out. As for good reasons for blocking them, they should mind their own business is good reason enough.
This reply is not to stray from the topic, but I have to remark that's pretty bogus and might be an indication why some traffic just isn't "human" and wonder if the other folks with zombie traffic (as described) are also pushing boundaries of commonsense presentation to the web.
I wonder whatever happened to the "freedom" you are supposed to have in the US
access_log-20170206:18.104.22.168 06/Feb/2017:02:06:36 "/[censored]E.zip" "http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CDQ___AB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.[censored].com%2F[censored]E.zip&ei=K9qXWNiR____0wPFZQ&usg=AFQjCNGGv94dK7zho1____sG3oTWsmM8QQ" "(Windows 10.0; x64) Chrome"
access_log-20170206:22.214.171.124 06/Feb/2017:02:06:42 "/[censored]E.zip" "http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCwQFj____rl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.[censored].com%2F[censored]E.zip&ei=MtqXWJm8M4SX6___sgE&usg=AFQjCNGGv94d____o161GDsG3oTWsmM8QQ" "(Windows 7; WOW64) Chrome"
[edited by: NoobOperator at 11:41 pm (utc) on Feb 8, 2017]
I sell to a lot of businesses which do not use Chrome. From my data, zombies are not predominantly Chrome users and are not restricted to mobile or desktops.
[edited by: NoobOperator at 6:30 pm (utc) on Feb 9, 2017]
1. Why hide product from g?
2. Why cry foul when traffic does not appear/convert?
Maybe I'm going blind, but I don't see the response codes in those entries, or maybe you censored them, but I can't imagine why you would do that.
At any rate, googlebot doesn't normally crawl from those IPs
The response code from my server was 200
I tend to look at a tidied up version of the apache log
Those are not googlebot addresses
I regard them as google's rapid reaction special operations addresses. Their operational motto is: "You do kerchinggg, we come running faster than your local fire brigade !".
You said that you serve a response code of 200. If that's true, then how could you know what google does in other, less-friendly cases?
Perhaps you are not as adventurous as I am. But I tend to test and play with anything that want to stick their nose into my business. If I know their responses, then I stand a better chance of contending with them. In the less friendly case, they would scare your customers witless and they would paint your search console red.
What? Is this how we converse now?
Those two IPs in your examples from your logs are proxies owned by google, but most likely mainly used by rogue bots.