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Strange Website Refferalls

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#1 shimlad


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Posted 23 November 2011 - 07:15 AM

recently in awstats i have noticed that one of our sites is reporting that visits found the websites via strange URLS, for example porn, gambling type websites. when i look at those sites there isnt even a link to our site. Why would awstats report refferals from these sites? im guessing our site has been targeted in someway but not really sure whats going on to be honest or what to do (if anything).



#2 Jill


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Posted 23 November 2011 - 08:04 AM

It's just "referrer spam". Use google analytics and you won't see it anymore.

#3 shimlad


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Posted 23 November 2011 - 10:12 AM

wow, thats a new one on me!

is this something i should be concerned about, am i missing a trick?

ive just googled it quickly and read its something to do with the website logs?

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 11:48 AM

It's been around since,... well in Internet terms forever.  "referrer spam"[/hr]

Are you missing a trick? Nope.

#5 Michael Martinez

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 01:25 PM

New referral spam software is now able to fool even Google Analytics. If you don't see the link on the referring site, then the "visit" was probably faked by software.

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