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Multiple Page Loads Messing Up Tracking

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#1 bmed


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Posted 24 August 2011 - 07:27 PM

I have noticed recently when I track the visits and pageloads on my site there is a "visitor" that comes onto my site and loads anywhere from 20-40 pages, usually in less than a minute. A lot of the pages are "viewed for less than a second even. This happens almost daily and sometimes two or three times a day and it is all coming for the same IP address. Seems like it must be some kind of software as I can't imagine a human sitting at a computer and doing this. It is making it difficult to properly track. Does anyone know why this would be happening or what I can do to stop it?

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 08:39 PM

It sounds like a robot.

If you're using Apache as your Website, you can put a "Deny from [IP address]" line in your .htaccess file.

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 06:44 AM

What tracking software are you using?

In AWStats, for example, there are separate figures for "viewed" and "not viewed" visits, the latter being visits by crawlers and robots. Also, the "not viewed" visits are broken down by the name of the robot, where this is known.

That information might help you figure out more information about the visits in question.

The visits could be perfectly genuine, and are not necessarily sinister.

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