Why is Digital Ocean visiting my site?

Posted April 7, 2015 27.8k views

I’ve just launched a site on a DO droplet that has dozens of my other sites on it. I don’t recall promoting this site anywhere while I actively do with my other sites.
I’m getting a few bots and some lucky guessers on this site yet and multiple direct visits from New York with the ISP Digital Ocean Inc. This can all be found in Google Analytics
I’ve checked my much bigger and older sites that are hosted on this Droplet and none of them are getting any traffic at all from the office of DO.

How did they find out I’m making a new site? DNS? Nginx config?
What is the purpose of visiting it? Just personal interest?

  • We have noticed a significant increase in our Analytics visitors over the past 3 weeks, effectively doubling the normal visitor rate. Although this appeared very encouraging at first we have tracked this further and find that they are all using Digital Ocean and Internet Explorer and are based in Amsterdam zuidoost. In addition, the bounce rate is exceedingly low (around 5%) and the landing page is our Shopping cart. We assume this is someone using a bot and wonder if there is any way we can block this?

  • I have a similar issue whereas I am being bombarded with 10 second visits all from Digital Ocean. they are all in San Francisco, California, USA. They are using multiple IP addresses. I need this to stop, is there some way I can stop this please??? I believe it is a malicous attempt to damage my SEO and possibly hack my website.

  • I have no idea what a droplet is. I have no idea what VPN is. I want to learn the smallest amount necessary, so that robots from Digital Ocean stop going through my website, If Digital Ocean is beneficial to me, then tell me what the benefit is. Otherwise, please tell me in simplest layman’s terms: How I can keep Digital Ocean’s robots out of my website.

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If you are seeing visits where the ISP shows as DigitalOcean these are visits coming via another droplet in one of our data centers most likely. Several decent sized VPN services utilize our services so the most likely explanation is that you are getting visits from users using a public VPN service or someone running a crawler or bot on their droplet.

  • Ah, that explains why they were using Windows and Internet Explorer.

    Thanks for your explanation.

  • Yup. That definitely would not be anyone in the DigitalOcean office =) As far as I know, we only have a couple Windows users here and none of them would be using IE to browse the web.

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