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XF 1.4 Are these users from IFTTT?

Discussion in 'XenForo Questions and Support' started by WearableTechForums.com, Nov 12, 2014.

  1. I set up an automated script with IFTTT to post all news in my Twitter feed. Immediately afterwards, I received what looked like a bunch of new visitors who came via the first link posted. But Google Analytics isn't picking these visitors up as people. Is it possible they are part of IFTTT's operations? The stream is constant, and a "visitor" appears to be coming every 30 seconds or so. What do you think?
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2014
  2. Heres another view. I'm pretty sure these are not real users.
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2014
  3. rainmotorsports

    rainmotorsports Well-Known Member

    If you click on the IP's its going to give you a decent idea if the traffic is from a home ISP or a datacenter. The first guest in the first image is definitely automated.
  4. For privacy reasons, I removed the images with IPs.
    Are such ghost users just a fact of life for people using automated services like IFTTT?
  5. rainmotorsports

    rainmotorsports Well-Known Member

    Can't even guarantee they are even related to that. Plenty of unregistered robots out there. Content scrapers and what not.
  6. True, but the number of users skyrocketed immediately after creating an IFTTT script. The real question: why are there so MANY requests? The script is for an RSS feed—not even the webpages.
  7. rainmotorsports

    rainmotorsports Well-Known Member

    But you now have the links posting to twitter right? A second, more known source for robots to get links from.

    IFTTT is pulling from RSS to post links, chances are they are not directly hitting the site in any other way then. This is the result of the links posted to twitter. Human traffic or not.

    I would look at the access logs for referrer information if google analytics isn't helping.

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