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    Disturbing Discovery!
    I hope this is the appropriate place to highlight this problem.

    Would appreciate some insight to this disturbing discovery from those experience members here.

    I launch two merchants products using the php ext and SAS datafeed about a month ago.

    Two weeks ago I saw one particular entry on my stats within the same location viewing over hundred pages of one merchant and yesterday from the same location, it view over hundred pages of the other merchant.

    These two viewing from what I observe are from the same place and the same person but the ip address differs.

    The detail:

    This record is the same for all pages viewed.
    Country: United States
    Region : Virginia
    City : Reston
    ISP : America Online Inc
    Browser : MSIE 6.0
    Operating System : Windows XP
    Resolution : 1024x768

    Now the ip differs slightly
    cache-dtc-ab13.proxy.aol.com (205.188.116.77)
    cache-dtc-ad15.proxy.aol.com (205.188.116.209)

    cache-dtc-xxx.proxy.aol.com (205.188.116.yyy)

    The ip change for each visit for xxx and yyy.

    The stats indicate each visit as a new visit but the time shown is continuous.

    Is this an indication of something fishy?

    If I want to block the ip how or which one should I block?

    Thanks
    Richard

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    You don't mention how you were getting your visitors.

    AOL proxies all its traffic through its servers in Virginia. I wouldn't go about blocking all the ips.

    Are you saying you had click fraud?

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    Hi oziman,

    It came from adwords ppc through
    aolsearch.aol.com/aol/search?query=xyz

    I don't think it's click fraud but something else.


    Thanks
    Richard

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    Seems like it's some sort of bot if it was going through all your pages.
    Did it leave a user agent?

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    As the initial click is through adwords ppc, I doubt its from any bot or crawler.



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    Richard

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    Another possibility is that a competitor is "scraping" your site, after finding it through Google. It could be something relatively innocent, such as someone extracting your "product catalog" to compare to their own; or it could be someone who is just going to copy your entire web site. As noted, it's also possible that it's a poorly-coded robot crawling your site.

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    Don't ALL AOL visitors pretty much look the same?

    I know that when we do traffic analysis, like 15% of our visitors are from Virginia.
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    if you look close you might find that each of those ips is getting a single part of the page...look at which pages were visited before you get excited ;-)

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    Dream Cruise megatonloh's Avatar
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    Thanks everyone for the response.

    mrbshouse, what you said is right //each of those ips is getting a single part of the page...// but what does it means?

    Is it a normal thing or something to be of concern?



    Thanks
    Richard

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