This is correct. There is always a large number of bots/crawlers on the forum which count as guests.I don't know the answer to your question about where people come from but the 300 people online are usually search engines/crawlers. I have noticed that if someone from another country or they use a VPN logs into Christianity Haven that we'll have a bunch of Guests logged in. The number of guests is lower for the normal users who live in the US and don't use a VPN to log in.
It's not the forum software. The traffic you get from the site is relative to what that traffic "agent" is doing on your site. Therefore, those bots/crawlers/whatever are a little helpful in other areas, like google adsense/crawlers are looking at your site better. I don't like the bots as in the ones that are there for malicious reasons, but the crawlers is what I want on my site, rather than the bots. The sitemaps help, but google or most search engines are very slow at slurping content, so if you have this traffic - you get a little ranking boost. Especially if ForumPromotion has or had a high ranking.Often forum software inflates the stats from what I have seen. Bots and crawlers often have nothing to crawl on site that has no replies for last 6 hours or so. Yet stats show them.
Brother. When you represent the forum's staff, it doesn't look good to post things like this.Well, I'm trying not to be cynical - but if the traffic is sort of fake - then how is it worth it to buy advertising on FP? Are the stats claimed in the ad section based on truth?
That's true for search engines we know about, but 303 guests certainly isn't legit people hitting this site from a Google search or a social media link.This shows everyone online and what page their are on etc. You can select the “guests” tab and the “robots” tab too.
There's nothing you can do about it. Everyone who runs a xenForo board is getting these traffic spikes. These bots are trying to get into your board and trying to spam. The issue becomes then, what else are they doing on your board? Are they clicking your board's ads? That could cause your adsense account to be limited (which another user warned us about), but google should have systems in place to combat these invalid clicks or invalid traffic especially if they have a section in Russia/China/whatever. I don't need these invalid traffic. And they don't show up in your Google Analytics anymore, which is a good thing, which would separate your negative traffic from your real ones. I was hit with limited ads on the 27th of December, just days after Christmas. Has nothing to do with Forum Promotion because CODForums was not on the redirect list, it was Destroy Repeat.That's true for search engines we know about, but 303 guests certainly isn't legit people hitting this site from a Google search or a social media link.
Total: 307 (members: 4, guests: 303)
Someone can hit your site with hundreds of bots using a China or Russia IP and it'll be shown as guests. You can run a tool to scan a site and you'll see the visitor is not listed as a robot on an xenForo forum. Heck, post a link to twitter and you'll see a bunch of guests on your who is online list. Investigate their IP and you'll know they're not legit humans using a computer.
That's easier said than done. Doing that will up the CPU of your server, F.Y.I. cPanel has it in the core now, but I'm afraid to use it because it may suck resources.If they all coming from the same location that blocks that location. The End.
I had so much fake traffic from China and had to block it as it was just making my place slow.