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Using bot traffic to falsely increase your stats.
Using bots to falsely increase your websites traffic is not an uncommon thing today. Some people will use bots to increase traffic to websites for their own ego so they can claim their website gets 1,000,000 visitors a month while others do it to increase the value of their website to sell it. Bot traffic doesn't really do anything besides waste server resources so if you have a limited amount of bandwidth you won't be happy with the overage charges.Reasons why people use bots for traffic
Their Own Ego:
People tend to get into buying traffic packages because they want a ton of traffic so they can take screenshots and show their friends. This really doesn't make sense because you're just wasting your hard earned money on something that is pointless lol. Plenty of times I've seen people posting screenshots and trying to brag about their traffic but when you ask to see their bounce rate, they go dormant and you can't get a response. By asking them to see their bounce rate I'm basically trying to see if they actually get that traffic or if it's bot traffic that bounces at 100%.
Lack of Knowledge:
Now there are people with egos that want to brag, but then there are people who just don't know that these traffic packages don't work. The novice web master will go to a traffic service provider asking a few questions and the provider will always give them the answers they want to hear. Traffic packages are easy to set up and that's why you see so many of them on freelance type websites. They sell well because you get novice webmasters thinking they're going to make $1,000 off of the 1,000,000 visitors to their website, but in reality they make nothing due to the fact that this is just bot traffic
If someone can really send you 1,000,000 targeted traffic for $10, $20 or $50 then it's not going to be good traffic. Do you think if I could get 1,000,000 targeted visitors for less than $50 I would be selling it as a service? NO! I would be building my own website to capitalize on the traffic lol.
People have always used bot traffic in order to increase the amount of visitors their statistics show. If you claim your website is making $5,000 a month but you get 100 visitors, you won't make a sale anytime soon. But if you're getting 20,000 visitors a day and making $5,000 a month you're more likely to sell your website. For this simple reason is why people will falsify their statistics by purchasing bot traffic. Now real website buyers will be able to see a fake when they come across it, but not everyone does. I've heard horror stories of people purchasing a website and then the traffic disappears completely and the seller is unreachable. There are platforms you can sell your website on, and they do help preventing something like this, but not always. So if you're thinking about purchasing a website, I would do some research about the website and what could be going on before you sign anything.
DOS or DDOS attacks:
People will use bot traffic in order to overload a server and take down a website. If you have too many visitors coming to a website at one time it will overload the server and your website will show an error page, which is never fun. This type of attack happens all the time, but it never really happens to smaller websites due to the fact that hackers who can do good DDOS/DOS attacks won't care about you. The real hackers will be targeting networks and not single websites. Most recently there was an attack against the network that Paypal is on, and they were able to take it down for a few hours. Now they couldn't take it down forever because their files were protected, but they overloaded something and took down over 200 major websites
In conclusion, bot traffic for your own needs like increasing your profits is never a good thing because it won't happen. If you're using bot traffic for falsifying your traffic to increase the chances of selling your website, you're a scum bag. If you're a hacker, I don't have any problems with you lol
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