Fake Stats on Shoutcast?
A year and a half after this article was originally written I still don’t get it!
Search term used on Google analytics “Buy fake shoutcast listener script”
Why is it that some stations on Shoutcast seem to want to fake their listener stats?
As you can see from the picture the topstations are claiming to have 13,000 listeners.
When I looked at their PLS file they appear to have a cluster of shoutcast servers all on the same IP range all with around 80/90 listeners.
It’s not exactly rocket science to work out that listener figures somewhere are being messed around with.
It seems to me that it’s not just that one station but quite a few meddling with their listener figures.
This isn’t the first time I’ve seen online radio station owners blatantly lying about their listener figures.
A couple of years ago one station owner was bragging that he had 20,000 listeners a week.
When I monitored his shoutcast server the peak was about 46 listeners.
Why bother faking stats? It will only make you and your so called online radio station look silly.