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Shortstat Spam? (5 posts)

  1. theillustratedlife
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I occasionally get Recent Referrels in Shortstat that don't seem to have anything to do with my website. Are these guys autoreferring bots or something just so I'll see them in my log and click the link?

    Example: http://www.earthcom.info

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

    Thanks,
    Brenton

  2. davidchait
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    it's called referrer spam. they've been doing it for years and years, as people seem to find some reason they want their referrer list publicly viewed -- thus it's a great place to spam links.

    solutions are:
    1. don't show your referrals publicly (not saying you are, this is general consumption...). usually attacks are when there's an active referral listing somewhere.
    2. use a referral-spam blocker. CG-Referrer (which also does lots of stats stuff and breakdowns of searches, bots, feed reading, etc.) does a good job, and I'm certain that other things (Bad Behavior comes to mind) would alleviate the issue as well. I've got a new version of CG-Referrer I'm working on that will do much better than my last release...

    -d

  3. theillustratedlife
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    sweet thanks. thats about what i thought. if it gets bad i suppose ill have to try a plugin. =P

    thanks again.

  4. theillustratedlife
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    This is even weirder. I've been getting referrals from random robots.txt files and rss feeds.

    Any explanations?

  5. theillustratedlife
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I just went to post badbehavior and apparantly it is already installed. Myabe I'll try CG, but it seems like I tried that suite before for Stats, and it didn't work, so I tried ShortStat (which I still love).

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