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I hate referral spammers

Published Wed. Dec. 19, 2012


These guys take your GA tracking code so they show up in your referrers and they get a click.

This is wikis definition:

Referer spam (also known as log spam or referer bombing[1]) is a kind of spamdexing (spamming aimed at search engines). The technique involves making repeated web site requests using a fake referer URL that points to the site the spammer wishes to advertise.[2] Sites that publicize their access logs, including referer statistics, will then inadvertently link back to the spammer's site. These links will be indexed by search engines as they crawl the access logs.

This benefits the spammer because of the free link, which gives the spammer's site improved search engine ranking due to link-counting algorithms that search engines use.


Tag(s): Referrer Spam