These are real hits and not a bot. Why would a bot spend an average of 8 minutes on a page? Apart from that, they counted as views, and bots don't tend to count, although when watching on Real Time you can see them there.
I admit to not fully understanding what 'direct' hits actually are, but they are real views. It's just where they came from is a mystery.
I checked Google Analytics. The large number is listed as organic traffic, with duration on each page 0-10 seconds. So unless it was someone with fast hands and a weird sense of humor, I think it was a creepy crawler.
My views were from a bot - amazonaws.com, and they have visited this site quite a bit before, though I've never been able to find out much about them. It possibly was 8 seconds they spent on page - its says 00:08:03 which I assumed to be 8 minutes but perhaps isn't.
Each of the pages they visited were sales hubs so they were maybe checking the sales capsules or something, I don't know.
I looked at the technical details of the direct visitors and when I saw they all ran Linux I knew it was more likely to be a bot.
Oh, it's always Christmas in my heart, but I don't think that matters on the whole. That's how I knew it must be some little crawly. I had Christmas articles and short stories (which nobody ever reads) light up.
This happened to me on Saturday with one of my other websites. I thought I must have hit on something and should try to re-create the scenario to make it happen again. The only thing is - I didn't do anything. I was just checking my stats and over the course of five hours I had over 200 visitors. I don't need to say how excited I was over that amount of traffic in one day - in just a few hours. It only happened for those limited few hours and only on that day. I wish it was a continuous thing, but it is comforting to see that I am not the only one it happened to. Oh well, it was good while it lasted.
I've had the same experience today, with a tripling of hits, with several hubs that have been at "0" for a week getting multiple hits. I'm assuming it's 1-2 people checking me out, but I can still keep my fingers crossed that it's a new surge of interest in what I'm writing about.
I had a blast of traffic over a 4 hour period last Friday afternoon. About 400 extra views from nowhere. According to Analytics, it looked like something visited every page on my subdomain, including questions, most multiple times. No weird clicks though, and no spam comments. I emailed HP about it, but haven't heard back yet.
No idea what it was. Hopefully someone has an idea.
This is a really interesting link, Rebekah, thanks. Not that I understand much of it, really.
But I had those direct views on 3 of my subdomains, followed by a substantial increase in google views (not on this account unfortunately).
I really do want them back now, still no idea what they were, but they did something good.
The whole time (several hours) my accounts were getting blasted by them (they not only visited each hub, they visited all the links on each hub too), I saw the same 2 or 3 visitors coming from Richmond, the Rockville Centre and an unnamed location off the coast of W. Africa which is a maximum of 9, but I was seeing 15 - 20 views per 5 minutes more than normal for a while.
They all counted as views when it came to HPads, so they must have been real, but who they were I'm still unclear on, but they were welcome
That's interesting - I very often see what is likely the same site off the west coast of Africa in the analytics live view. It comes and goes all the time, with as many as 4 or 5 views at once and often bounces around several hubs before leaving. Never have figured out what is going on there, but I've been seeing it for weeks now.
Nah..wouldn't think so. That location probably isn't even in Africa.
I live in the wilds off the west coast of Scotland, and Analytics real time puts me in London, which is 500 miles away and in another country!
I'm not sure how it picks its 'locations'. I thought it might be server related and that your location would be the nearest but mine seems to pass through every major city in Britain to settle on London, and I have no idea why.
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