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(Entry was posted by Tim Capper on this post in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Wednesday, April 9, 2014).

Any Ideas as to this "Direct Traffic" from Internet Explorer?

Internet Explorer as Direct Traffic - has a Humongous Bounce Rate.

Any Ideas as to this "Direct Traffic" from Internet Explorer?

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  • Tim Capper: Internet Explorer as Direct Traffic - has a Humongous Bounce Rate.

    Any Ideas as to this "Direct Traffic" from Internet Explorer
  • Dave Elliott: is there a page that all ie users get diverted to that says "this site is optimised for browsers that don't suck please download, chrome or firefox"?
  • Micah Fisher-Kirshner: Try looking at Service Provide and/or Network Domain, may be MSN Bot
  • Collin Davis: I know this may sound stupid Tim :) because you may have already done that but have you checked for the compatibility of these versions with that your website?

    That would be a good test... try segregating the data by sorting the browser by operating system also and screen resolutions.
  • Dave Elliott: fine, sensible answer... if you havent done it use something likke browser stack to check to make sure versions of ie/the os aren't being stupid, it could be a rendering issue of some kind that is causing a poor user experience.
  • Tim Capper: Not stupid  ;... feck i did not even think of that, dough!
  • Mike Ramirez: Seems like the bounce rate is high across the board. Is this home page bounce or a specific internal page? I would do as  ;suggested and see if the discrepancy is coming from a single source such as a bot.
  • Tim Capper: Yea, I am digging down at the moment. Have found one sneeky bot, looking for more  ;
  • Pe lagic: <b>Sneaky</b> bots don&#39;t use their own useragent string ;(

    ps Bot traffic is always direct, specifically they won&#39;t have a referrer string in their header requests.
  • Edwin Jonk: From memory, people did report that the UA of IE 9 is used for scraper bots. Do you notice more duplications?
  • Micah Fisher-Kirshner: actually, the msn bot affected referral too, otherwise normally you&#39;re right. MS is that evil. ;)
  • Pe lagic: Fake MsnBots, Bingbots, Googlebots etc ;(
    Just RDNS the IPs to check ;)
  • Tim Capper: Thanks Everyone
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