By 7 years ago in Social Media

StumbleUpon sending fake traffic to fake pages

Update: I checked my logs a bit better and it seems these guys are using my GA code. Lets hope they figure it out before management asks where the traffic went.

StumbleUpon is sending hundreds of visitors to pages on my site that don’t exist. Pages like /limousines-cute.php, /Unique-limo.html and /stumbleviral4.php

The site hasn’t been hacked and the pages give 404 errors so Google Analytics doesn’t even get loaded up so I don’t understand how it can be measuring traffic let alone getting any traffic.

My only idea is that somebody is using my Google Analytics code on their site.

Anybody else seeing this?

StumbleUpon fake traffic

By Patrick Altoft. at 8:05AM on Tuesday, 06 Nov 2007

Patrick is the Director of Strategy at Branded3 and has spent the last 11 years working on the SEO strategies of some of the UK's largest brands. Patrick’s SEO knowledge and experience is highly regarded by many, and he’s regularly invited to speak at the world’s biggest search conferences and events. Follow Patrick Altoft on Twitter.

comments

  • http://xuru.com Jeremy Luebke

    Haven’t seen it, but scrapers is a possibility.

    So is someone doing referrer spam on your site and using SU as the source in whatever program they are using. I would think those would go to the homepage though.

  • http://viperchill.com/blog/ Glen Allsopp

    Stumble Viral 4 seems like it was a test for something

    Pretty interesting

  • http://caroline-middlebrook.com/blog/ Caroline Middlebrook

    How bizarre. I just had a look at my stats and I didn’t notice anything unusual at first until I scrolled through lower down. I am getting a few results to things like

    /blog/page4/

    which doesn’t exist. There’s only 1or 2 hits showing though so I wonder if that’s just me clicking around as I write pages on the site?

  • http://opiniaoweb.com Luiz

    This is unfortunately true. Once my site (portal de noticias in portuguese) was atacked too. I don’t understand why these guys do this! What they receive for these things?