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Real vs Fake Traffic and do Traffic bots work?



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Real vs Fake Traffic and do Traffic bots work?

I'm interested in knowing more about how to get real traffic to a site or blog. Also, traffic bot software, whether or not it's providing real traffic and when someone would actually want to use it. I'm assuming there's a good reason to use a traffic bot. Who uses this type of software? Anything you can tell me would be good.

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hitmeasap

Hey Beverly,
I would say that most traffic softwares or bots are generating fake traffic. You can usually enter the referrer yourself, so if you want traffic from Facebook for instance, you'll just need to enter "Facebook.com" as the referrer. That way, it will look like all the visitors are coming from FB, but in reality they are all fake visitors.

As I'm not an expert in this field nowadays it's quite hard to tell exactly what the benefits are, but I know that you at least could, a few years back, use this traffic to get paid if you were doing PPM. (PPM stands for "Pay Per thousand impressions" . The M originates from the roman numeral M, which means 1000. This means that every time an advert has been displayed a thousand times you will get paid. Notice that this is impressions and not clicks, which means that your visitors do not have to click before any payments will be coming your way. More information about this here.)

You could also (at least in the past) improve your Alexa rank using fake traffic. Can't tell if this works today though.

Best Regard,
hitmeasap




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Beverly

And, are there any traffic bots that are undetectable? And, would using a traffic bot hurt a site's search engine ranking?

Also, you said they can set a referrer. So what if I bought a traffic service that said they guaranteed real traffic from Facebook. Would it be real as in from Facebook ads or group posts or would it be software generated or bot traffic? And, how could I tell the difference?




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hitmeasap

About traffic bots being undetectable I'd say no, as you can easily spot fake traffic. The bot itself might be undetectable but not the traffic it generates. Yes, you can usually set a referrer and anyone claiming to sell real human traffic from a specific source and just sets the referrer to whatever they want.. Well, that's simply fake, unprofessional and un-ethical as it's done with the use of private proxies.

If they instead are driving traffic manually from Facebook with the use of large groups or fan pages for instance, then it's another scenario as this would be manual and real. Even though the visitors might not be interested in the content at all. There's several ways this can be done. Having some sort of contests on your fan page for instance. It's an often common trick.

As for identifying fake traffic.

In order to identify fake traffic, you should start by reviewing a site’s analytics. Of course, Google Analytics is the industry standard, and as part of a comprehensive due diligence effort you should ask the seller of a website for Read Only access to their site’s Google Analytics.

Once you have been grated access to analytics, check the following factors in the AudienceOverview.
  • Bounce Rate: An extremely high Bounce Rate may be cause for concern.
  • Pages/Session: An extremely low Pages/Session may be cause for concern.
  • Avg. Session Duration: An extremely short Avg. Session Duration may be cause for concern.
  • New Sessions: An extremely high percentage of New Sessions may be cause for concern. Likewise, an extremely low percentage of New Sessions may also be cause for concern.


Three other Google Analytics’ Audience Overview metrics which can be helpful in identifying fake traffic are Language, Country, and City. You should be looking to see if the sessions are consistent with the content of the website. For example, if the website content is aimed primarily at an english language audience, but it is receiving significant amount of it’s traffic from primarily non-english speaking countries, this may be cause for concern.

Finally, in addition to analytics you can also check onsite factors for signs of user interaction. For example, if a site is claiming a high number of unique visitors but none of the articles on the site are being commented on, and/or the social networking accounts have little to no interaction, this may be cause for concern.

It is important to remember that no single metric will tell the entire story, especially if the website is receiving both real and fake traffic. Instead, identifying fake traffic depends on your ability to synthesis multiple factors and identify and investigate any suspicious data or irregularities. The more red flags which are raised the more skeptical you should be.


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robertman11

Most traffic bot software is fake traffic provide by bots! Seriously, the software goes out and finds or uses provided proxies then automatically visit a site to increase the hit counter. The software typically loads the webpage in the background so a real person never actually sees it.

There is a Chinese software called Jingling that actually turns your computer into a node and thousands if not hundreds of thousands of people visit your site via real user computers, but it is in the background and still fake traffic. It is similar to Tor in the way it turns your computer into a remote host for others.

There are traffic exchanges which are sort of like software but usually web based. Most of these will force a user to view the page so you do get real people looking at your website but most of the time they are not really interested in your site and just visiting the exchange to get credits/points for their own site to be visited.




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Beverly

Traffic exchanges like AddMeFast? I haven't used them, but I know a lot of people who do. And, even if these people are not interested in what you offer, doesn't it serve the same purpose of a 'real' visitor? For whatever reason a person might want views. Are there any other traffic exchange sites like AddMeFast?




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hitmeasap

There's literally hundreds of traffic exchange sites. Simply put, you visit websites and in exchange they'll visit yours. Just to name a few:

  • easyhits4u
  • hit2hit
  • internettraffic247
  • autosurftrafficexchange


For anyone who's interested to know what it's all about and for anyone who wants more information, you can read this article: http://growtraffic.com/blog/2015/08/5-traffic-exchange-programs-that-actually-work


Best Regards,
hitmeasap




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anwebservices

Traffic bots provide fake traffic, but also some people need fake analytics or fake proof of traffic on their websites, specially when it comes to flipping website on the market. Not much use of it. Organic traffic can be hard to achieve but it's only thing worth investing your time to get real conversion, specially if you selling something on your site.




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procoder

Traffic bot softwares are very popular nowadays and used widely from people, those softwares are made to stimulate web visits like real browsers , but in reality they are just fake visits generated through proxies.

Most of traffic bot softwares allows you to manipulate : Browser Agents , Referrer URL , Visit Time etc…

But in the end ,it's fake and it doesn't have any value...




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Beverly

I'm not specifically interested in using a traffic bot on a site of mine but I know others who are using this as a way to get traffic. And, so now I'm curious as to what their net gain could be. There must be a reason that so many people use traffic bots or software. Even if it isn't real traffic, it's satisfying a need and I want to know what that is.




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procoder

They use such softwares to manipulate the analytics on their website. Using these softwares will lead your website to a severe penalty from search engines. That's why search engines update their algorithm very often..




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Riley

For that matter, what is fake traffic? When you entice someone to come to your site for some freebie, download, software or script or other sticky content, you're getting fake traffic. Assuming you define fake traffic as people who would not have visited your site for any other reason than your incentive offer. And yet daily, big business uses this type of tactic for traffic to blogs, websites and Facebook. Some of it is bound to convert. If you're trying to get traffic, use this traffic tactic. Maybe it won't convert as well as paid ads (Facebook Ads/Adwords) but you'll get some reaction at least.

I can't tell you much about traffic bots, but I'm sure some would give you the results you're looking for if you want visits. It wouldn't be real people, at least that much I know.




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overcast

Simple way to understand the fake traffic is that. You have some bot visit on your website. Does bot buying from your website? Does bot clicking on ad? Does that activity legit? It's not. Because here your money and time is wasted. Bots are not real people. And people have to really understand that bots are hurting their business. So the PTC, auto surf type of the traffic is not real and it is fake. Bots means fake and they add no value to the website.




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idealmike

I'm interested in knowing more about how to get real traffic to a site or blog.

Well for that (real traffic), there are many ways of going about getting it. The first and most obvious way is with Social Media. That involves many methods using the different Social Media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+ etc etc. Each Social Media site has its own way that you'll use it to do so. Such as on Facebook you might start with your own Page and or Group and through promotion and marketing of it you can attract fans or members to it which you can post updates to what have you but it can take a while before you start getting traffic from them as you'll invariably need a lot of fans/members and have to do a lot of engaging before you really see a lot of traffic from them. It's the same with Twitter and Pinterest and the rest too. You'll need to establish yourself and build up your profile first, get a lot of followers, tweet, pin often, it takes time and doesn't happy overnight but if you're determined and stick at it you can use them drive traffic to your site more and more overtime. They might not come thick and fast at first but any traffic you get will likely be real people so its worth doing. Google+ is actually my favorite Social Networking site to get traffic from today, I get more traffic in a much quicker time from Google+ Communities than I do any other Social Networking site especially if you're in a niche that is super popular as there's so many communities around one subject you can post to. But yeah, Social Media is just one way of getting free traffic but there's many more!
Also, traffic bot software, whether or not it's providing real traffic and when someone would actually want to use it.

Well, any traffic a traffic bot software would send you is just that, traffic bots which are never real visitors. They never convert well and you never get real clients, signups, optins or subscribers from them let alone clicks on your ads or sales of your products. I don't think I've ever come across a traffic bot software that does send real people traffic to you. They are usually all server generated or node generated in that they turn your PC into some kind of relay node which all the other users of that software are doing also. So you'll be getting traffic to your site from all the other users of that software on their PC. Such tools include the Chinese Jingling app AKA "Kiss of the Dragon". And there's an English version of that now called Traffic Spirit (ipts.com) which basically works in the same way. With that you can fake the referrer where the traffic is coming from and this even tricks Google Analytics as well which records it as coming from whatever source is set.
I'm assuming there's a good reason to use a traffic bot. Who uses this type of software? Anything you can tell me would be good.

Well if you're looking for real traffic and you get sent this traffic by one of these bots or similar then you're not going to get the same engagement that comes from real people traffic. However, it can still be useful in its own way for several reasons. The first is because all that traffic can reduce your Alexa rating, and improve some of your other domain metrics too which can be helpful for your site in the long run. Also if you use it to send lots of traffic from the Social Media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc etc it will show as such in your Analytics and that can correlate with your rankings overtime.

And there are some people that are using some advertiser who are paying them by eCPM. So for every 1000 impressions on their ads they get, they make something from that. I knew a Russian guy once who was making a killing doing this and he used to tell me how he used to purchase 1,000,000 fake traffic for a few hundred bucks and make $5 per 1000 impressions. Obviously $5 x 1000 is $5000 so it used to work out really really well for him. The advertisers got their impressions, he got paid and everyone was happy.

So there's that aspect to it as well so that it can still be valuable and useful if you know how to use it to your advantage. However most of the best Cost Per Impression (CPM) Ad Networks are gone now although there are still some around. Just search Google for "advertisers that pay per impression". But most of them have minimum requirements for your site before they will approve your application now.

But yeah, hope that helps! Real vs Fake Traffic and do Traffic bots work?




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ajlancer

Hi traffic always very importance a website owner always looking visitors for his website. Traffic really blood of any website. And the decent purpose, website owner try to get traffic any ways and on the internet many of traffic provider available. And question is what is fake traffic? Fake traffic means they looking traffic but will not do anything for your site, they just visit here and there but they will not make conversation or will not click on you ad etc. It is meaning they are valueless and these type of traffic mostly made by software like jingling, trafficsprit etc. And another way fake traffic generate and that source is traffic exchanger like hitleap etc. And this traffic also not much valuable but for advertising your site or getting some site impression or page view exchanger traffic may work. And fake traffic can work for Alexa ranking too.

On the other hand, real traffic means who really a person and who visit to your site by any interest and he may make conversation or he may generate your site revenue etc. So in this cases real traffic no comparable with fake traffic any way. So, as a site owner, if you want to get any benefit real traffic must be there.

Thanks by Ajlancer




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Lynne

I would be very hesitant to buy any sort of traffic. I think most of bought traffic is really just bots, so you won't make any sales or get any leads which is a complete waste of time and money. In addition I think bots can hurt your SERP. I am no expert but that is the conclusion that I have come to.

In the early days of working online I bought traffic a few times and each and every time it was a complete waste of time.




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overcast

PTC is one of the fake traffic system. And PTC has the most worst forms of the result. You can pay a lot and you get bot traffic and the people who dont have money to buy type of visitors. So they are not going to earn you any sales. So why would you spend the money into such type of the traffic? What you're going to earn out of it. I don't think there is much that can be earned from it. I have realized that fake traffic from PTC is only going to waste the resources and the money as well. So it's better to avoid that traffic.




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augusta

Fake traffic which are mostly bots to me makes no sense especially if what you need is conversion or signups, then it becomes totally useless.There can't be conversion with such traffic,even if fake traffic are humans it still wouldn't make sense because they're not targeted audience and might not make much impact.




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vinaya

I have used bot traffic. Based on my experience, I can say bot traffic is just a number, it does not convert. You need traffic so that the traffic converts and generate revenue. However, bot traffic does not convert, thus it generates zero revenue.
I have also used traffic exchange site and I learned a lesson. You can get traffic from traffic exchange, it is a human traffic, however, those who visit your site do not care about your contents, thus, there will not be any conversion.
You need real traffic. The real traffic is the traffic that lands on your page voluntarily.




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Corzhens

Do you mean to say that bot traffic is not real traffic but just a method of faking the traffic counter? That’s my idea too because I have come across so many issues about fake traffic that they bought and later on the numbers would dwindle and vanish which means the bought traffic was just a number.




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