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Strange traffic source

  1. wilderness profile image96
    wildernessposted 5 years ago

    I like to watch the real time analytics and where visitors come from.  Lately, I've been getting views from the middle of the ocean, just West of Africa and a little under the horn.  Google maps doesn't even show an island there.

    These views have no keywords and no town listed.  No referral.  They come in groups, with maybe 4 or 5 visitors that rapidly all leave after a few minutes.  They seem to be covering all my hubs, one at a time.

    What in the world?  Will I soon find that each hub is now copied somewhere in Nairobi or something?

    1. Randy Godwin profile image92
      Randy Godwinposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Weird!  Perhaps a floating hub pirate ship!  yikes  Now if the searches originated in the Bermuda Triangle it would be really interesting!  tongue

                                            http://s1.hubimg.com/u/6186572.jpg

      1. wilderness profile image96
        wildernessposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I actually thought of a cruise ship or something like that, but doubt that analytics uses GPS or something to find location.  I think they just go by the ip and where that is. 

        I know they have me in the wrong town; I'm actually in a suburb of Boise, Id. but analytics shows my own visits as Boise.  Interestingly, they had me in a different city for a few weeks, but it then went back to Boise.

        1. IzzyM profile image87
          IzzyMposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Google takes its readings from the server that sent them the information. (I think).
          When I was in Spain, sometimes according to Google I was in a major city about 200 miles north from where I was, other times I was in an area 200 miles to the south. I was never in the major metropolis nearest my home.
          Now on the west of Scotland, they think I am in a town south of London in England, about 500 miles away!
          I'm thinking a pirate ship might well be true for your location mystery, one that carries a server possibly powered by satellite, but catching traffic from elsewhere in Africa.

          1. wilderness profile image96
            wildernessposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            I'm sure you're right about the server location, but that leaves the server in the ocean off of Africa.  Kind of a mystery!

            1. Cardisa profile image91
              Cardisaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Wilderness, maybe it came from a ship somewhere. I think pirates have internet these days...sorry couldn't help it.

              But ships do have satellites. And, sometimes there are tiny islands that are not on the maps. It could also be a submarine.

              1. lobobrandon profile image81
                lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                If they were islands they belong to a country but they show as no location smile

                It's probably ships as pirates won't be interested in my hubs smile

                1. Cardisa profile image91
                  Cardisaposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                  There are many kinds of pirates out there Brandon, there are hub pirates too!

                  1. lobobrandon profile image81
                    lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                    Haha wink

    2. CASE1WORKER profile image85
      CASE1WORKERposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I had this, its some bots from amazonasw (I think that is right), Apparently this can happen after you have tweeted- they will go right through your hubs- I noticed it as I was on analytics on an incredibly quiet day and it went manic.
      I emailed Team at HP to let them know and they said just to look out for any odd click patterns, which has not happenned- this was about three weeks ago and all seems to be well.

      1. wilderness profile image96
        wildernessposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Yes, I had that, too, except from facebook.  But these aren't a huge number, maybe 20-30 per day instead of hundreds and they stay for a while as well before moving to the next hub.

        No odd click patterns (yet), but that's a good idea to watch for.

    3. mts1098 profile image85
      mts1098posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I have a funny situation on traffic from one of my blogs...I posted two articles on my blog - one on chocolate and one on beer.  The one on chocolate showed a huge spike from Switzerland and the one on beer showed a huge spike from Germany...Cannot be a coincidence

    4. lobobrandon profile image81
      lobobrandonposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I get lots from there too. West Africa and South West America (North America)

  2. Alastar Packer profile image81
    Alastar Packerposted 5 years ago

    After looking at your site wilderness, unfortunately, the Narobi angle may be the correct one. On the other hand, do submarines have wifi? smile

    1. wilderness profile image96
      wildernessposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I rather doubt that our sailors would be allowed to communicate while on patrol! smile  Kind of defeats the idea of hiding underwater, ya know?

      I do think I'd better pay a little more attention to possible thieves for a while, though.  I've had a few stolen, though not nearly so bad as some other hubbers.  Maybe it's my turn.

  3. Eric Newland profile image61
    Eric Newlandposted 5 years ago

    The behavior of visiting all of your hubs sounds like those weird Amazon Twitter bots or whatever that kept swarming hubbers' accounts recently. Maybe they spoof their location? I'll admit I don't closely check the locations of my traffic sources.

    1. wilderness profile image96
      wildernessposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I wondered about that, too - I had a bunch of facebook visits for a few days about a month ago, but nothing recently.

      I guess they might be able to spoof it, but for what legitimate purpose?

  4. Alastar Packer profile image81
    Alastar Packerposted 5 years ago

    Yes, thats true about being on patrol lol. Hope it's not the thievery wilderness, but to be frank about it, when I see a domain source from certain parts of the world...well, you know.sad

    1. wilderness profile image96
      wildernessposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Yeah, that's the problem.  Anywhere else I wouldn't be so concerned, but central Africa?  A known hot spot for internet thieves of all kinds.  God knows I get enough emails "giving" me money from that area of the world.

  5. Dame Scribe profile image61
    Dame Scribeposted 5 years ago

    I still like the Bermuda triangle theory lol

    1. mts1098 profile image85
      mts1098posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      it is all that Bermuda rum )

  6. Dame Scribe profile image61
    Dame Scribeposted 5 years ago

    can you imagine if they had app for the Bermuda Triangle, sightings? tongue lol rum? I'll have a coke with that, lol ty

    1. mts1098 profile image85
      mts1098posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      lol - how about a rum shot and a rum chaser - splash of coke smile

      1. CASE1WORKER profile image85
        CASE1WORKERposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        its eight in the morning here- I want a cup of tea

        1. mts1098 profile image85
          mts1098posted 5 years ago in reply to this

          about 3:30am here...just finished my coffee...

  7. Dame Scribe profile image61
    Dame Scribeposted 5 years ago

    I'm not wearing it now, am I? sad tongue lol

 
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