Why does my StatCounter log show odd links into my blog?
What is "www.blogger.com/navbar.g?targetBlogID=", and why do I see traffic from that link?
Why am I getting strange traffic to my blog after I publish changes?
All of these questions, until Mid November 2009, were related to the same thing - the "Next Blog" link in the Navbar. Now, all of this is changed.
When you publish to your blog, your blog goes into a huge database, listing blogs just updated. You can see a replica of this database in the Recently Updated Blogs list. The RUB list is huge - it shows a 10 minute slice of Blogger publishing, and at any time, will have from 4,000 - 8,000 entries, with new entries constantly being added (just as old ones drop off the list).
The RUB database is important to the Blogosphere. When anybody clicks on the "Next Blog" link in the Navbar, an entry from that database results in the link leading to someone's blog. If your blog was just updated, chances are that someone will land on your blog, and your visitor meter will show another entry.
In the recent past, there were hundreds of thousands of illegal blogs, created by spammers and being constantly published. Until January 2008, many people clicking on "Next Blog" would have landed on such a blog, which was created for the sole purpose of hacking your computer, and delivering spam to your desktop, and to other peoples email.
A bit over a week ago, Google put a stop to this. Now, owners of many (but not all) genuine blogs, like yours and mine, are seeing more traffic, when we publish changes. The traffic comes from the "Next Blog" link, which is seen in visitor logs as originating from "www.blogger.com/navbar.g".
If you see the new traffic in your logs, don't be alarmed. It's not somebody trying to hack you, or to steal blog content. It's ordinary bloggers, and bloggers readers, surfing to random blogs, using "Next Blog". It's what the "Next Blog" link was created for.
Enjoy the traffic to your blog. Publish more, and enjoy more. More readers for you, which is why you blog, right? Having said all of that, I will advise you that, if your blog contains any questionable content, particularly interesting pictures that you wouldn't want your kids to see, you need to be aware of, and you may need to use, the Content Warning setting in Settings - Basic. Or, you can block traffic from "Next Blog", if you really feel the need.
Note that this post is about the "Next Blog" link in the navbar. It's not here so you can get more traffic to your blog, by posting
Great post!If that's your intent, go away. Or, if you are trying to publish spam here, feel free to include the URL of your blog - I'll see you in Blogger Help Forum: Something Is Broken one day, and you can have a lesson in the Blogger 4 Step "Hey, my blog isn't spam!" - followed by my arrogant reply "Yes, it is!".
Here's my blog: http://mypimpedblog.blogspot.com
(Update 2009/11/12): The next generation of "Next Blog" is here, and it's totally different.