Overriding the user-agent

In this article, you will learn how to change the user-agent for your websites to get more natural visits.

 

What is the user-agent ?

User-agent is like a signature of your browser. With the user-agent, a website know which browser you use.

Here is an example of a user-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:31.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/31.0

The above example shows you the Firefox 31 user-agent.

 

You can find more information on this website : http://whatsmyuseragent.com/WhatsAUserAgent

 

Why change the user-agent ?

Most of the autosurf applications use the same user-agent, either chrome or internet explorer. Some advertisers can easily look at the user-agents that came on your website and notice that all the visits are made with a single browser version, which can be suspect.

Changing the user-agent will bring you more natural visits, made with multiple user-agent and you can even simulate visits from mobile phones.

 

How it works ?

Otohits application use a different user-agent for every visit. If you don't active the feature for your website, you will receive random user-agents chosen by Otohits. This feature is only available if your website is only visible on the application.

To enable the feature, go to the details page of your website.

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Then activate the feature.

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In this example, I will add a user-agent of a mobile phone (iPhone). After filling the input, click "Add".

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A table appeared, we can see the user-agent, his percentage and a button to delete it.

Percentage is the equivalent of how much chance a user-agent can be picked. Here, it's 0 meaning that the user-agent will never be use, so Otohits will choose the user-agent randomly (you can find below the table a sentence that resume the amount of user-agent chosen by Otohits and the amount chosen by you).

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Let's change this percentage to 100. Then click on "Update %".

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From now, your website will receive visits with an iPhone user-agent, so it will believe that the visit come from an iPhone.

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You can add up to 10 user-agent (maybe more in the future). You can also mix the user-agent chosen by Otohits and by you.