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Strange Referral Site (10 posts)

  1. fuzzy_logic
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Ok maybe this is not really related to WP, but when I checked my site statistics, I have referrals from some pr0n sites. Anyone has any plausible explanation for that?

  2. Kafkaesqui

    Posted 9 years ago #

    Spammers are pure evil, and will do whatever it takes short of death (though I'm all for that if they decide to try it) to push page-rankings up just one more step on the search engine ladder.

    Why hit referer logs, sane folk ask? Why not, evil spammers cackle in reply.

    Anyway...

    http://www.coldforged.org/archives/2005/01/25/killing-referral-spam/

  3. iand
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    If you want to stop them, this has been doing a pretty effective job on my site: referrer-karma

  4. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I second the vote for R-K

  5. fuzzy_logic
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Thanks! I'm installing that.
    But just wondering, they didn't really leave any comment spam so what's the point of that?

  6. fuzzy_logic
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Just installed RK. Do I have to delete rk_settings.php?

  7. iand
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    No, you just need to change $can_configure = true; to $can_configure =false; and set the password you want to use.

  8. Kafkaesqui

    Posted 9 years ago #

    "they didn't really leave any comment spam so what's the point of that?"

    The logic (what there is of it) goes like this: Many web admins leave site logs open to public view, which often get indexed by search engines. And since every referer line in a log displays the URL, this makes it another can to drop spam into.

  9. ColdForged
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    As well as those people who choose to display the "last X referrers" on their pages, like this guy.

  10. ShannonStacey
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I especially like the "Click through links on this automated compilation at your own risk, folks...some of them aren't totally obvious."

    Gee, I wonder which ones...

    I didn't even know there was such a problem until I wandered in here, then checked my referral listing. More headaches. *sigh*

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