Posted in personal, The Wired Mom
August 19, 2012

Superfan or Bot?

Every day I look at my site analytics. I use pMetrics in addition to Google Analytics, because pMetrics gives me live data. (I’m not paid by them, but I really like what I get to see)

When you log in, it gives you an overview of how many people had visited your site, as well as their “actions” – refreshes, clicks to other pages. Obviously a high number means more engagement. Usually it’s about 1-1 1/2 times the number of visitors. Yesterday it was at 900+ actions. WAY over the norm.

When I clicked through, I found out that aside from the usual amount of views- it was all from one IP address over the span of TWO hours.

I figured that was the end of it. But when I logged in this morning, same deal. Same IP. So I blocked it.

How did I know it wasn’t someone REALLY into my website? They only viewed one page. Over and over.

See? That is just crazy. Near as I can guess, they were just refreshing the same image search constantly. I don’t know what the purpose of that is- but man. That’s just some crazy bot-like behavior.

I thought I’d share it because it was weird, but if you have a blog/site that you run, this is why checking your stats once a day is important (and why live analytics are really helpful). Not that numbers lead to validation or anything- but you can see if someone is looking at your site an unhealthy amount and possibly eating up all your bandwidth.

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