Using Google Analytics to Track Content Thieves

Barry’s uncovered a forum topic that discusses how some content thieves are inadvertantly stealing Google Analytics tracking codes, along with a page’s content.

For those of you that use Google Analytics, you should be aware that if someone steals your source code and leaves your “UA” code, the unique identifier for Google to know what site the traffic is from, that your traffic may be inflated.

I’m hoping that either Robert Scoble or Michael Arrington get into the scraping business – boy would my traffic jump then! ;-)

  • Opie

    This just happened to me… Someone stole the complete template to one our our client sites. Even left our name in the css file. We found it because the knuckleheads copied our analytics javascript

  • Anonymous

    Seems unlikely, I thought Google ensured that any tracking script be sent from a specific url, ie, the one you registered with to get the urchin code?