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Can Foreign Traffic Hurt?


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#1 rmorrow

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 10:10 AM

I've never run into this and hoping someone has an answer?

 

A client has lost ranking lately and there have been no warnings in Webmaster Tools.

 

What I have seen in the logs is a large increase in the number of visits from Russia and neighbors. The referring sites are completely unrelated to my clients business and range from seemingly legit businesses to porn sites.

 

I have viewed the source code of the referring page and see no link to my clients site but the traffic continues...

 

Could traffic like this effect rankings?

 



#2 Jill

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 10:23 AM

It's unlikely.



#3 Mikl

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 11:29 AM


What I have seen in the logs is a large increase in the number of visits from Russia and neighbors. The referring sites are completely unrelated to my clients business and range from seemingly legit businesses to porn sites.

 

 

Yes, I get a lot of these too. I suspect many sites do.

 

Personally, I try not to worry about it. It doesn't appear to do any harm.

 

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#4 Michael Martinez

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 04:05 PM

You could try disavowing the referring sites. Your client will still get the traffic but in a few weeks or a couple of months -- IF those links were hurting your client's site -- then your client's search referral traffic should improve.

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Posted 12 June 2014 - 04:24 PM

I have viewed the source code of the referring page and see no link to my clients site but the traffic continues...

 

 

Sounds like referrer spam if there actually aren't any links. In which case you definitely shouldn't worry about it.



#6 NielsVos

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Posted 13 June 2014 - 09:01 AM

Nah i wouldn't worry about some russian bot-nets, but if he lost ranking lately then it could be a Panda hit or it could be a Pain Loan v3 hit.... I've heard from a lot of people they lost rankings on 7 June 2014... that would probably be a panda hit if there are no messages in your WebmasterTools account.






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