But there is far less fluctuation. Apparently, the spike earlier this month was caused by bot activity. Some articles went way down in terms of traffic, particularly as I already suspected the one with "login" in title and an ancient article about Flash.
Unsurprisingly, all planet.mozilla.org referrers went away – these were image requests only (same with some forums that embedded my images directly). 90% of the Twitter and 70% of GitHub referrers vanished as well however, these weren't actual clicks.
@WPalant wait, github and twitter embed images from 3rd-party domains?..
@leip4Ier No, that's mostly HEAD requests – seem to be checks whether a page exists and metadata retrievals, yet they have the referrer set. I didn't check whether it's Twitter and GitHub themselves who perform these requests or whether it's some third parties. But they definitely aren't browsers.
@WPalant i see! that's weird..
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