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[Resolved] Spam / Hack – Site compromised by domain forward?

  • Hi there,

    just noticed while going through the link statistics, that my blog “Media Tribune” (http://www.mediatribune.de) has got a strange ref listed, called “Consumer Preference” (http://www.consumer-preference.com); this one essentially forwards to the blog content, any click is redirected to the original URL set (mediatribune.de/xyz) but I am worried still…

    Has my site been compromised / breached? Or is this is a (more or less) simple FWD? Why would someone do this? Any gains in regards to SEO / SEM or something? Does this pose any duplicate content issues?

    You see, I am not at all clear about what to do here and would love to hear from you… Security is of course the most pressing issue, all the other questions can be more or less ignored.

    Thanks in advance!

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  • I think you’re just talking about referrer spam. There’s not much you can do about it, just as little as against comment spam. The idea behind referrer spam is that you have public statistics so these sites get a lot of ‘Google juice’. You can block referrers, but that’ll be a new dayjob.

    Thanks for the info, Roy!
    Have been digging a bit and am trying to block those via the .htaccess, will see how this works…

    Thanks again.

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