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Referrals Not Matching Backlinks

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#1 mybuks


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Posted 15 April 2010 - 12:19 AM

OK, so I am working on a website that uses [a company] for stats and hosting. I looked at the referrals and they have an enormous amount of referrals from som Japanese Porn Website. When I go to check backlinks, that site doesn't come up. I am stumped as to why this can be. Any thoughts on this? Can you block something like this?

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Posted 15 April 2010 - 01:06 AM

Pornographers often try to trick people into visiting their sites. I have seen a few comments around the SEO Web about so-called "referer spam". In fact, I see such oddball links in my own server logs. It's simple enough to create a page that links to a decent site, click on the link, and then remove the link, waiting for someone to check their logs.

However, I've also run into situations where people clicked on advertisements (PPC) that were being carried by suspicious sites.

Some suspicious sites also now carry what appear to be random Twitter feeds or other feeds from services that repost links from legitimate posts.

There could be a LOT of reasons for why we see these referers.

I would not be concerned about them, if you're worried that the site might be classified as a "bad neighborhood". It seems to take more than just getting bad links to be classified as a "bad site".

#3 Jill


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Posted 15 April 2010 - 07:59 AM

When I go to check backlinks, that site doesn't come up. I am stumped as to why this can be.

It's called referrer spam.

You're not actually getting traffic from those sites, they have just inserted their links into your stats as they hope they are public and they themselves will get a backlink from your stats page.

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