Bot Traffic in Q2: Suspicious Activity Continues to Rise

September 11, 2013

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Digital | Mobile Phone | Privacy & Security

SolveMedia-Online-Bot-Traffic-Q32012-Q22013-Sept2013Bot traffic continues to be a global problem, says Solve Media in its latest Bot Traffic Market Advisory update. In Q2, activity deemed “suspicious” grew to 49% of all traffic for the web advertising ecosystem, up from 43% in Q1, 40% in Q4 2012 and 26% in Q3. Confirmed bot traffic was in the range of 24-29%, fairly consistent with prior quarters, but still up significantly from 10% in Q3 2012. Suspicious mobile traffic, while not quite on the same level as the web, is also on the rise.

During Q2, suspicious activity grew from 29% to 35% for mobile advertising, with confirmed bot traffic in the 11-14% range.

The US’ level of suspicious web activity was slightly below the global average, at 42%, with suspicious mobile activity also below-average at 22%.

The top 3 countries for suspicious web activity were: China (92%); Venezuela (80%); and the Ukraine (77%). For mobile traffic, the countries with the highest share of suspicious activity were: Singapore (86%); Macau (82%); and Qatar (81%).

Solve Media also warns of a “new threat targeting the video ad marketplace.” Recently, Vindico suggested that 30-40% of video ad impressions could be fraudulent.

Overall, Solve Media estimates that current levels of bot traffic put the digital advertising industry on pace to waste up to $9.5 billion this year advertising to bots.

About the Data: Solve Media releases a monthly average of more than 230 million human verifications across 6,500 global publishers.

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