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What’s Up with the Amazon Traffic?

Amazon Referral Traffic SurgeThe other night I noticed a temporary surge in traffic on several of my sites. Around the same time I noticed a surge in my Suite 101 traffic too.

On my own sites I could tell the referrer was Amazon. Most of the traffic was coming from Seattle, Washington and Fresno, California. There were one or two hits originating from other cities, but the majority came from Seattle. On Suite 101, the traffic referrer was listed as [direct] but I suspect it was Amazon too.

A Suite 101 side note: I find it comical that we, the Suite 101 writers, must wait a year before we can post our Suite articles elsewhere, but plagiarists get to use our articles right away.

Unfortunately, the traffic surge was the equivalent of being Stumbled, a lot of traffic but no clicks.

I did a quick search online to see if I could find any info to shed light on the situation, but couldn’t find anything.

Out of curiosity, did anyone else notice such a traffic surge and if so, do you have any idea what caused it?

{ 5 comments… add one }
  • Ken January 10, 2012, 12:43 pm

    I’ve seen a couple of surges like that recently. I have Social Metrics on a couple of blogs. I’ve also seen massive surges in a Stumble or LinkedIn traffic. But the next day the numbers read as normal across the board, even for the previous day. Think it might just be a bot getting stuck. Who knows.

  • Ken Muise January 12, 2012, 6:57 am

    Now, I’m really jelly (jealous, per my kid’s lingo). My top referrer for Blogging For Dads in the last 7 days has been something like topuggboots.com.

    I’m thinking of purchasing the domain howtoruinablog.com My only worry is that my attempt at explaining failure and struggle will actually result in success. That would be a real bummer, lol!

    Hope you’re well.

  • skeet42 January 23, 2012, 11:30 am

    I have seen surges in my traffic, but it only last for 1 day. Strangely the traffic comes from Russia.I wonder is this happening to others and what causes it.

  • Missie February 14, 2012, 10:00 am

    Hi Felicia!

    I love your Suite101 side note. It speaks volumes! I used to spend hours searching for and then sendng requests to have my plagerized work removed from sites to no avail. I finally signed up for the Google program to allow it to handle that for me and still get 5-10 valid emails per week of sites that have stolen my articles, especially crafting articles. For me, this is one of the most frustrating aspects of writing online!

    Thanks for the great info you continue to provide here at NJFM!


    • Felicia February 15, 2012, 9:26 am

      I used to check for plagiarized work, but now I don’t. There’s just too much of it going around.

      The funny thing is that I’ve found several of my articles on Lawyer websites. When I find those, I contact the attorneys and scold them. Usually they come up with a lame excuse and apologize. Go figure.

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