What happened there?

I’m feeling a bit puzzled. OK, very puzzled.

What was that all about? Why did I suddenly get 268 views to my home page, all from the US, all referred by Facebook? I’m not on Facebook, so as far as I know, my blog wasn’t linked there. It wasn’t even a particular post they were interested in, as that would have shown unusual traffic for that post. That other big spike back in September is ScrapHappy day, when I always get a lot of traffic, but this time, I didn’t even have a new post up when all this was happening.

Has anyone else ever had something like this? Any ideas? Did someone post a link and forget to tell me? I obviously don’t mind, all visits are good, I just want to know why!

I’m in the dark…

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41 thoughts on “What happened there?

  1. knettycraft says:

    Hello Kate, since I didn’t blog I used Instagram more often… few weeks ago my account was kind of hacked/hijacked…. I lost all my posts and pics and followers…. my old account still exists but under a different name no and O have no allowance any longer to influence my former posts…. just be careful snd if you aren’t ask to change your password or so please prove if the request is real…. Annett

  2. mlmcspadden says:

    I totally understand the puzzled feeling! I’ve been watching my stats for a while and have seen several spikes like yours, along with views from countries that are not normally associated with a lot of qulting. My puzzlement lately has been the country called “Unknown Region” which makes me wonder about what kind of encryption some of the “viewers” are going thru to hit different websites. I’ve also been dealing with a lot of anonymous spam comments, many of them on 6 to 8 year old posts. Grammer is non-english speaker so either someone is doing a copy-paste on them or it is a bot that is making them.

    • katechiconi says:

      Oooh, I haven’t had any ‘unknown region’ views yet, something to look forward to! I get a bit of spam, mostly linked to images in old posts, trying to sell me anything from SEO optimisation to Viagra to sports footwear, but so far WP anti-spam software has worked a treat. And yes, some of the language is ludicrous!

  3. kymlucas says:

    Wish I could help, but I’ve been off FB for nearly a year now. Only time one of my blogs’ traffic went sky high was when it was fresh pressed and featured on WP.

  4. magpiesue says:

    I don’t even look at my stats on Blogger, although they are available. This is unsettling though.

    • katechiconi says:

      The interesting thing is that it’s all to the home page/archive rather than particular posts. It’s almost as if someone had found the blog and was just reading through things in order. But that doesn’t explain it because there were so many referrals from FB. I’ve been keeping an eye on my spam folder, but so far, only one and of the usual sort.

  5. Nanette says:

    I was intrigued so checked my stats……I’ve also been visited from Unknown Region – 13 times. And a website Faznal.com showed up a lot, wish I hadn’t clicked on it……a porn site! There’s no comments from it, so a spambot. Perhaps someone posted on Facebook……” for a good time go to TTOC” I hope it’s nothing sinister.

  6. Well, you’ve got us all checking our stats… nothing out of the ordinary here, despite lack of new blogs there’s still traffic via my other linked social media. But I’m going to email you a screen shot of the post email notification… now that was odd, never seen anything like it before.

  7. tialys says:

    Donald Trump mentioned you in a tweet?

  8. nanacathy2 says:

    How very odd. I always do a link to you in the traditional way. I expect someone made reference to you on facebook and a general link to your blog. The only time I had something similar was immediately following a post about a hat I knitted for a national charity. Maybe it was following the post you did about girls needing sanitary products?

    • katechiconi says:

      I got the Husband to have a look at Facebook through his page, but we couldn’t find anything. I agree it seems the most likely solution, but unless someone tells me it was them, I have no idea who it might have been!

  9. claire93 says:

    no idea!
    I regularly delete all the spam comments WP keeps in the spam files for me but never check my stats

  10. Nothing unusual on my end. I did have a spamming problem a few months back on one site. I contacted WP and they said they were having issues and were working on it. It did resolve. I have had a few unknown visitors but they appear legit. ~ Sharon

  11. Dayphoto says:

    Well, now I have to go check my stats…this spamming stuff is terrible anymore.

  12. anne54 says:

    It will be interesting to see if the spikes continue, although they probably won’t. I had a spike with a large number of hits from Indonesia, not a country I usually have visits from. (Like you I enjoy looking at my stats.) From memory, which should not be relied on, the referer and search terms were unknown.

    • katechiconi says:

      The next day was also quite high, but not referred by Facebook, just normal sources. The spike was overwhelmingly from the US, which is also normal, it’s where most of my views are from. So I’m still in the dark!

  13. Scary but no clue here either. It’s nuts that people want to create havoc in other’s lives over nothing.

  14. Ahem (said in a queaky voice.) I’m not sure but it may have been me. A few days ago I posted on FB how inspired I was by (one of your many) volunteer project, Days for Girls. I linked to the organization and mentioned your post. I may not have correctly linked your post and instead linked to your blog as a whole. Not as intriguing a mystery as the CIA checking in on you…

    Two of my FB friends said they are signing up with Days for Girls.

    • katechiconi says:

      That would certainly explain it! And thank you for linking and encouraging other to sign up. I haven’t been concerned so much as intrigued, especially as there has been no corresponding increase in spam.

      • Over the years I’ve been happy with spam blocking software, but distressed by how many posts of mine have been stolen by other sites. The only ones I’m aware of are those sites too ignorant to get rid of my links, so I can see them when they link back. Some are information posts I’ve written after extensive research (vastly irritating), others are very personal posts I can’t imagine would do anyone else any good (why I go around flapping my arms like I”m a bird, really, who would steal that post?).

        Ultimately I’m glad your site views were boosted. It can only do folks good to discover you!

      • katechiconi says:

        I’ve never had a post stolen, only content lifted without permission for the purpose of criticising me and my views, which was painful enough. I can’t imagine how unpleasant it must be.

  15. I’ve had a couple of occasions when my postings went dramatically higher, and each time itt was driven via something unconnected – once I replied to a comedian’s tweet about a necklace I gave her, and my views spiked, (via Twitter) and the other was when I tagged a supplier of Alligator Tape on IG, cross posted it to FB, and the FB post garnered thousands of views, which again transferred here. I can’t take any credit for your views though!

  16. Kate, is possible someone on Facebook with a large following shared a post, and that sharing sent people looking at different posts. I hope that’s the case.

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