Do you have Unwanted Website Traffic?
All sites are regularly attacked by hackers , spambots, spammers….
Using Google Analytics we can break down visitors to IP, Location, City and we often find unwanted visitors from various parts of the world. The greatest numbers of attacks we are seeing currently are coming from Russia, China and India (not exclusively).
So what’s the impact?
Spammers create unwanted comments on your blogs, you can try blocking IP’s to prevent the same person spamming , but often harden spammers create new IP’s to prevent blocking.
Hackers will add x-scripting code, try logins, DDos attacks and more. They check for vulnerabilities and will try until they find a weakness to gain entry to your website.
A Spambot is an automated computer program designed to assist in the sending of spam. Spambots usually create fake accounts and send spam using them, although in many cases it would be obvious that a Spambot is sending it. This has led to the development of password-cracking Spambots that are able to send spam using other people’s accounts. They affect bounce rates and damages SEO results.
Can I stop them?
In short no. Not without locking your site down so tightly that you limit your audience to only people you know.
What can I do to limit these attacks?
One answer we have found is to block traffic from a whole Country. If we have no plans to deal with companies in Russia or China in fact we only want to promote ourselves in English speaking Countries and Europe. So if we block all traffic from all other Countries it will reduce the potential of unwanted traffic and therefore lessen the risk and damage of a hack, and dramatically improve your bounce rate and automatically improve your search rankings results.
How can I achieve this?
M3 Strategic Marketing offer a solution that will not only help prevent unwanted attacks from specified Countries, but will ensure your bounce rate is reduced, meaning Google will see your website as being more relevant and will no doubt show the site for search more, thus helping your SEO Positioning too. The Wordfence Premium plugin enables you to block visits by Country, and is something we can download, configure and implement on your behalf based on your specific needs.
If you need help understanding your Google Analytics, or would like to discuss adding Wordfence premium to your WordPress website, please contact us.