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We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
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The total number of households in Ashburn, Virginia, is 22,555. According to that Quantcast information, half of them are on HubPages right now. Very strange. There is a big debate going on there now about Obamacare.
I couldn't find anything that would attract that much attention. There is a Gubernatorial race with an election on November 5th and a big debate this Thursday. Candidates are: Republican Ken Cuccinelli, Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Libertarian Robert Sarvis. I checked their names, too, on HP and didn't find any recent activity on Hubs. ??????????
I think it had to have been a traffic scam. Ashburn is an upscale community with a six-figure median income and even a major news event (think: hurricane, earthquake, terrorist attack) would not attract half of the households to the same website at the same time. And notice how quickly all that traffic just vanished. A normal, legitimate traffic spike would trail off not just vaporize.
I hope someone from the staff deals with it because those hosted sites appear to have bots that commit click fraud. AdSense won't like that! (It's amazonaws.com which is a hosting company owned by amazon.com.)
Very interesting. After watching one of my puppy hubs (seriously - it was a puppy hub) go viral (for me) this week with 120 viewers on at any given time for a while, I was wondering how many people visit HubPages. I was wondering how small a part my measly 120 viewers played in HubPages bigger picture. Here is my answer!! Thanks Mr. P.