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One of my pages is showing a high view count, relative to the other pages. This view count keeps increasing, without visitors actually coming to the site (I have histats on each page). 

This is the page:


I have prevented hotlinking via .htaccess.

#Rewrite Rule for Hotlinking
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http://(.+\.)?2outof10wouldnotbang\.com/ [NC]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !google\. [NC]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !yahoo\. [NC]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !bing\. [NC]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^$
RewriteRule \.(gif|jpeg|jpg|png|ti?ff|bmp)$ http://2outof10wouldnotbang.com/qa-media/stop_sign.jpg [R,L]

What would be causing these 'views' to be continually increasing without actual visitors coming to the page? Could it be the image blob (http://2outof10wouldnotbang.com/?qa=blob&qa_blobid=15199514007654777792) being shown within google image search? How can I figure out what is going on?


Q2A version: 1.7+
My site is also showing high pageviews.

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That page is showing high views because you linked it from your previous question. So everyone who saw your question here followed the link to that page and didn't look at the other pages.

Your rewrite rule only applies to the image itself, not to the page. Q2A only counts page views.
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I am sorry, but I do not think you are right here. My post is reporting over 11k views, and the question you are referring to on this forum (ie where the link was placed) has only been viewed ~50 times. If Q2A only counts page views, then I should have 11k visitors in my HISTATS and/or google Analytics dashboard, which is most definitely not the case. So either both HISTATS AND Analytics are wrong, or something is wrong with Q&A and what is triggering the page-view counter to increment.
Yes that is strange. Since the Q2A site is popular, it's possible that search engines or other bots followed the link here.

Do you have access to your Apache server logs? You will find all requests for that page listed there. You should be able to figure out where those visitors are coming from.