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  • I have suddenly got referrals from [ redacted, you really don’t need to share dodgy site URLs here ] which seems to be a spam and/or porn site. It is also showing 100% bounce rate for these. How can I stop this from referring to me site as I am worried it will affect my rating if my bounce rate increases.

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  • Moderator Jan Dembowski

    (@jdembowski)

    Brute Squad and Volunteer Moderator

    Your question may be better off being asked in a SEO forum instead of here. It’s not really a WordPress specific problem exactly.

    I thought wordpress people might know how I prevent this sort of thing on a wordpress site?

    I put the site name in the above post in case other people have had a similar thing happen – no one has to click on it – I wouldn’t expect them to on this site – now no-one can see where the spam came from as you have removed it.

    Moderator Jan Dembowski

    (@jdembowski)

    Brute Squad and Volunteer Moderator

    We don’t permit spammy links in these forums and posting that really doesn’t add value except perpetuating links to that site.

    I thought wordpress people might know how I prevent this sort of thing on a wordpress site?

    They may, that’s why I did not close this topic. But what you are describing (referrals) is a generic problem. There’s nothing you can do on your site to prevent that from happening but you can deny people visiting your site from that spammer if you like.

    Try this untested by me entries in the top of your WordPress installation’s .htaccess file.

    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} notcoolsite\.com [NC,OR]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} another-not-cool-site\.com
    RewriteRule .* - [F]
    </IfModule>
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