Why did I have 21,000 visitors to my fairly new site yesterday?

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I was looking at my awstats today and it said I had 21,000 visitors to my site yesterday, when I usually have less than 100 per day.

It appears that most were from the US and some from other countries.

There is no logical explanation as I did not purchase any traffic or run any promotion.

So can someone tell me what accounts for this sudden fluke increase in visitors and what I can do to prevent this traffic if is not real human visitors.
#fairly #site #visitors #yesterday
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
    Where did they come from?

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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Meaney
    Check your referrals in awstats.

    ...And congrats!
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  • Interesting! You should check where it comes from first. Check through Google analytics and let us know as well.
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  • Maybe an affiliate? Maybe someone who liked your content so much that they shared it somewhere - or someone - who has a large audience of their own?
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  • Profile picture of the author MeganFreed
    Can't you see the websites that referred them?
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    • Profile picture of the author TrafficFlow
      Looks like I am getting 85% of my referral traffic from
      http://blo.gs l

      This is described as a site owned previously by Yahoo and now by Automatic (wordpress) that "lets you keep an eye on your favorite weblogs via the web and email. you can even put the list on your site: a blogroll that knows what is new!"

      Not sure why this creates alot of views or how to get rid of this.
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      • Profile picture of the author spearce000
        Originally Posted by TrafficFlow View Post

        Looks like I am getting 85% of my referral traffic from
        blo.gs l

        This is described as a site owned previously by Yahoo and now by Automatic (wordpress) that "lets you keep an eye on your favorite weblogs via the web and email. you can even put the list on your site: a blogroll that knows what is new!"

        Not sure why this creates alot of views or how to get rid of this.
        Did you previously submit the site to Yahoo or a site they own?
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      • Profile picture of the author Sid Hale
        Originally Posted by TrafficFlow View Post

        This is described as a site owned previously by Yahoo and now by Automatic (wordpress) that "lets you keep an eye on your favorite weblogs via the web and email. you can even put the list on your site: a blogroll that knows what is new!"

        Not sure why this creates alot of views or how to get rid of this.
        I think it is safe to say that blo.gs was never owned by either Yahoo... nor by Wordpress. That information (shown on their web page) is from a blog roll dated 21 Apr 2009.

        If you look at the footer on that page, you'll see that the site was designed by HappyGoFun. Do you really think that either Yahoo or Wordpress outsources their web design to HappyGoFun?

        HappyGoFun does provide such services (from their web site):
        Our services include
        Corporate identities, logos, web sites, packaging, user interfaces, collateral, animation/motion graphics, posters, skywriting, random deliveries of freshly baked cookies (which may contain nuts), and anything else that can be seen.
        However, they also have a link in the header to their "Store" at cafepress.

        They (blog.gs) have a pinging service, which was probably used by your "traffic provider" to generate fake traffic to your site.

        Originally Posted by TrafficFlow

        Yes. Paid someone on Fiverr to configure Yoast and to
        submited the site to 30 search engines. (including Google, Bing, Yahoo, Ask, etc)
        Fiverr may be cheap, but they may not be the most effective place to look for such services. Apparently, your provider chose to also submit your site to blo.gs - but they are NOT a search engine and simply submit your URL to multiple RSS feeds.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kent Hopkins
    I was going to go out on a limb and guess that it was blog vulnerability seeking botnets. There are no shortage of those. But even so it shouldn't come as such as a sudden spike. Very bizarre.
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  • Profile picture of the author ron kotka
    Really strange and interesting.
    You should check through Google Analytics.
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  • Profile picture of the author sandy16
    check the google search console
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  • Profile picture of the author Rurior
    A month ago I bought a used website, the site has already expired and the address has become free.
    On the first day I had 900 visitors. Maybe that's why?
    Exalted orbs? Xbox Orbs and PoE Orbs? What's more important for this game
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  • Profile picture of the author anayb
    Originally Posted by TrafficFlow View Post

    I was looking at my awstats today and it said I had 21,000 visitors to my site yesterday, when I usually have less than 100 per day.

    It appears that most were from the US and some from other countries.

    There is no logical explanation as I did not purchase any traffic or run any promotion.

    So can someone tell me what accounts for this sudden fluke increase in visitors and what I can do to prevent this traffic if is not real human visitors.
    You have been here since 2010, and you should know that a retard is sending fake traffic to disable your adsense account. Big G doesn't like bot traffic. Its probably one of your competitors. Don't speculate, take corrective actions.
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    • Profile picture of the author Rurior
      It's not fake traffic - and this site got really nice position in big G
      A good address and related to the topic, at this address there was another portal with the same subject, but it did not work out. So I took their address and now this is my background, which is only two positions lower than my main page.
      Edit: I'm sorry, I'm new to the forum, I thought you answered me

      My website is used to buy Exalted orbs, the most desirable and most-needed orbs in the Path of Exile. They can be used for many other activities, mainly to create magic objects, rare items and other interesting items from normal objects - there is a kind of Magic in it. It is a marketplace, or PoE Shop, where you can buy Exalted orbs and other currency on platforms such as Xbox and PC. Most players play PoE on PC, but many buy Exalted orbs on Xbox (about 30% of Path of Exile players). So, by the way, I highly recommend shopping and buying Exalted orbs on Odealo https://odealo.com/games/path-of-exile
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  • Profile picture of the author TrafficFlow
    I have not installed adsense on the site yet so it is unlikely a competitor is trying to disable my adsense account.

    The site was getting pings from (blog.gs. I have contacted them and asked to be removed from their free ping service. Hopefully that will resolve the problem. At least the extra traffic did not cause my server to crash.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sid Hale
      Originally Posted by anayb View Post

      You have been here since 2010, and you should know that a retard is sending fake traffic to disable your adsense account.
      Originally Posted by TrafficFlow View Post

      I have not installed adsense on the site yet so it is unlikely a competitor is trying to disable my adsense account.

      LOL

      I had to laugh when I read that reply, too. You never indicated that you were using adsense on the site.

      Originally Posted by anayb View Post

      Big G doesn't like bot traffic.
      This is true, but... unless you are running one of the many free Google tools (adsense, analytics, etc.) on your site, Google will not be aware of the bot traffic.

      They can't see any traffic to your site unless it either 1) originates from them (i.e. Google search), or 2) invokes some google script (i.e. adsense, analytics, or one of many other "webmaster tools") in the web page.

      In large part, Google's "webmaster tools" were developed not for the "webmaster", but rather to allow Google to pull more ever more data from the website(s) utilizing their free tools.

      Originally Posted by anayb View Post

      Don't speculate.
      Good advice
      Unfortunately, many of the respondents (including you) did just that.
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  • Profile picture of the author uncia
    Most likely bot traffic. Check for bounce rate for those visitors and ad URL to be excluded from analytics.
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  • Profile picture of the author Killua7
    Maybe your content bacame the hot trend and some visitor found your aticle great and they share their friend and on social media. You can visit revelant sites to see if they got more traffic like your site. And use the Google console to find out where these traffic come from.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sid Hale
      Originally Posted by Killua7 View Post

      And use the Google console to find out where these traffic come from.
      Read the thread before responding.

      He already knows where the traffic came from and he used a much more reliable source than Google to determine that source.
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  • Profile picture of the author krokiet
    Wow, I am interested how it looks like now. I dream about that kind of situation on my website https://www.sellersandfriends.com
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  • Profile picture of the author TrafficFlow
    Just installed a plugin that has speeded up the load time on the site.
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  • Profile picture of the author sonlongho
    They may be bots, you will have to install a third party software like Statcounter to check.
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