I'm seeing a lot of visits in my Analytics to my home page with the query string "?cat=2-5-results". These pages are getting a lot of traffic. To the best of my knowledge, I'm not using this parameter on my site anywhere. If I google "wordpress ?cat=2-5-results" I find a lot of other sites with the same phantom pages.

Anyone know what this means?

My site: http://www.barbadospropertylist.com

Here are how the pages appear in GA: alt text

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It's used (together with the search query) to measure number of results for a search query, it's not supposed to show up in Analytics like this, this could only happen due to people scraping your site and clicking through to the actual URL...


I am not sure how exactly it is used, but I have an idea where it comes from.

This exact string is used in Google Analytics for WordPress plugin (source).

  • I'll ask Yoast then...
    – jnthnclrk
    Nov 28, 2010 at 11:20

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