Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Adjix Links on Twitter

If you've been posting Adjix links to Twitter, you'll notice something interesting. Within a minute or two of posting a link ten or twenty bots will click on your link to see where it leads. This is most noticeable with Adjix links that don't contain any ads since they are simple redirects.

Due to Twitter's popularity and API every time a link is posted to Twitter it can register dozens of clicks from these third party bots which automatically index every tweet. These are usually easy to spot, when reviewing your Adjix link stats, either due to their host name containing something obvious like crawl or bot or due to the fact that they usually don't have a referrer.

So, even though it seems that your links, posted to Twitter, receive a dozen clicks off the bat - it's not always people who are clicking on them.