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Getting too much organic traffic? how to identify is it real or fake?

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Some days ago i used some traffic generator sites to increase traffic for my site. But after doing logout from this sites. The traffic which is coming to my site from these sites should stop, but still traffic is coming and these traffic showing as organic traffic in analytics under not provided keywords. I also read about how to identify fake traffic. The answer is if your getting it from same location again n again or having high bounce rate so it may be fake traffic. But there is no high bounce rate also getting traffic from different location but most traffic is from USA. For reference i'm attaching my GA audience overview of today. In blogger dashboard under traffic sources Referring URLs and Referring sites are showing from google.com. Really not getting is it fake traffic or real traffic. Also checked Exclude all hits from known bots and spiders in analytics setting. I heard about captcha setting so can i add CAPTCHA before entering my site? So it will avoid bots. Please any solution as soon as possible i want to avoid it.dsadd.png

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Getting too much organic traffic? how to identify is it real or fake?

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Ok - check webmaster tools (search console), this may help confirm what you're seeing there is, or is not, spam. Whilst I've not encountered it myself, I have seen other reports of ghost spam being attributed to organic. Try using hostname as a secondary dimension in your acquisition reports - you're looking for hostnames which are not the one of your website(s). I would suggest you create a filter which only allows visits to your hostname, this may help. Remember to create a view with no filters, as well as testing any filters in a separate view first.

 

I found these resources which may be of some use:

https://moz.com/community/q/ghost-spam-now-appearing-in-organic-search-anyone-else-seeing-this

https://moz.com/blog/stop-ghost-spam-in-google-analytics-with-one-filter

http://www.fullmedia.com/how-to-remove-ghost-spam-from-direct-organic-and-referral-traffic-using-a-f...

and numerous threads in this forum

 

John Wedderburn, Advertiser Community, Rising Star
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Getting too much organic traffic? how to identify is it real or fake?

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I checked the hostnames in audience>network>hostname there is only my domain url is showing. So it's means these traffics are real not spam traffic. Is it right?

Getting too much organic traffic? how to identify is it real or fake?

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it would suggest that it's real. Check what's up in webmaster tools (search console) you should see similar trends for organic growth there. Also - google/organic is different from google.com/referral - are you seeing a similar growth from google.com?

Your new visitor stat is interesting - check this for all source/mediums and see if one is sticking out as being responsible for this. If it is organic, then check to see which landing pages are attracting new visitors - it would suggest that SEO work is going well.

 

 

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actually these organic traffic is coming to only homepage not on inner pages of site that's why I'm getting confused on it. I checked search analytics in search console. There is total 1 click and total 37 impressions are showing for last 7 days. That's so strange know.

Getting too much organic traffic? how to identify is it real or fake?

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Double check that search console is set up for the correct website e.g. https or http. 

 

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