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    How to know Fake Traffic?

    If I would buy a site/blog, how to check their real traffic? May you suggest a site to check fake traffic? Thanks for your kind help. Regards..

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    You need to judge each site's traffic on its own merits, there is no one quick way to determine whether traffic figures have been faked.

    There are little red flags, though, like:

    - ridiculously low average time on page
    - the same analytics code displayed on multiple sites
    - URLs that have been visited that don't exist on the site
    - weird search phrases you wouldn't associate with the site
    - strange locations of visitors you wouldn't expect

    I use Google Analytics so the above points are related to that package. If the site you're interested in uses GA, ask for guest access so you can explore the stats yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hooperman View Post
    - ridiculously low average time on page
    If the site you're interested in uses GA, ask for guest access so you can explore the stats yourself.
    Hooperman, thanks for your help..:-)

    I just know that GA have a guest access... :-) It make easy for me to know fake traffic.

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    Also consider making a back-up like:
    I will buy this site because the name is good and if it is not as advertised I will use to ... So the purchase would be ( if not as advertised ): was quite expensive but I still had ways to use it.

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    that's pretty well explained by hooperman,

    Google Analytics Guest access is by far the best way to check statistics of any site and your chances of getting ripped off would be lowered to extreme heights... Proxy & Bot hits are what makes most of the FAKE traffic & its somehow difficult to guess without poking around into various Analytic areas.

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    hooperman knows what he's talking about when it comes to examining stats.

    I'll add one caution. People seem to assume that if the stats are Google Analytics they are pretty safe. They are not.

    There is no 100% safe stats and any traffic stats can have an element of faked figures, even GA.


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