I started getting search traffic for term 'bioenergoterapia'.
The weird thing is of course, I never wrote about this topic or anything remotely similar on my site. And still, this keyword seemed to be sending consistently around 10 searches every day.
So how come I am getting 10 visitors a day from Google then?
My first idea was I got hacked and someone injected malicious code so I checked but this time everything was clear.
I then checked the origin of users from Analytics, and I could see that Google is sending them from Poland. I did another search this time on google.pl but again my site was nowhere to be found.
What if... ?
So, what if someone was using my Google Analytics code on their site? I thought this was impossible because when you register a site for Google Analytics you need to type the site URL and surely this protects your code.
I made a search on google.pl again found a site called psychoenergoterapia.pl. The site is using my theme, nothing wrong with that, but for some unknown reason they also decided to copy and paste the contents of my site footer, including the Google Analytics code.
And clearly it was working just fine in this alien environment.
And what IF...?
While this case is benign in nature and gave me something to play with every morning, there might be cases when this can go even beyond a practical joke (do that to your friend who just opened a site ...).
The case basically proves that it is possible to dramatically skew somebodies analytics data and potentially make huge damage to them. Who are them? Companies paying a lot of money for adwords and conversion campaigns for example...
Now, psychoergoterapia.pl, will you please remove my code from your footer? Thanks.
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