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It is great that you can offer web stats to prove that your sites cater to real humans. That is very novel!Back to my sites for example, I sell ad space. I do allow some beneficial bots access, but potential clients can see stats showing real human traffic with the bots filtered from those stats.
joined:Apr 13, 2002
...the collateral issue - it has to slow down things for actual visitors to have all that background noise constantly in the picture is damage enough.
joined:July 23, 2015
Example: A large number of botrunners hosting at AWS are marketing companies that gather data rolled into products they sell to help ecommerce clients develop ad campaigns.
If you publish Adsense or other ads you would want your site data included in these products to facilitate ad placement and drive up bidding. This translates to greater income from ad clicks.
joined:July 29, 2007
My question is: There must be significant money made by deploying so many bots. How are bot writers making so much money, who is paying them and why?
You can filter out bot traffic etc. in GA right?Google Analytics is not website security software. It is a traffic report, and a very poor one at that. It misses quite a lot.
probably not bots, unless they are sophisticated enough to spoof locations.Sounds more like bot-nets. Remotely controlled compromised machines whose owners don't even know they visited. They all might wonder why their machines run so slow. I've seen them in logs and the activity would look like streaks of heavy traffic, but they are requesting different resources from a page from 15 different IPs and they all have the same UA. Clearly not human visitors.
@samwest are you filtering traffic in GA by hostname.