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What are these page accesses?

Discussion in 'General' started by Mark WILLIAMS on Nov 2, 2021.

  1. Mark WILLIAMS

    By:Mark WILLIAMSNov 2, 2021
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    After I sent out the weekly e-bulletin yesterday, all these weird page accesses started showing up in our google analytics. I am assuming they result from people clicking on links in the email. If I manufacture the URL from the entries (e.g. rotary9620.org/stories/ymfsbgv0lw/ then I get a 404 page doesn't exist error.

    My major concern is that some people might be getting invalid links (I have never seen one in an e-bulletin myself and nobody has complained, so I am hopeful this is not the case) but there is also the concern that even if these accesses do result in people getting to where they want to go, my Google Analytics data is not useful because I don't know to which page/event/story they refer.

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  2. Zach

    By:ZachDec 2, 2021 at 1:41 PM
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    Hi Mark,

    Apologies from the delayed response. I suspect that these are possibly bots, crawling your website, looking for pages that do not exist. If you try to navigate to those pages, you should observe that they're not present. However, it is a "valid" page from the application, and displays an error. I'm surprised Google is treating these as valid pages, as we do return a 404 error.

    Example: https://rotary9620.org/event/bwvudgfslw


    I am unsure how you can filter those bad data points out, but suspect that the Google Analytics help articles should be of some assistance.
     
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