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Best Answer Jill , 18 March 2013 - 02:17 PM

It's called referrer spam and it's typically nothing to worry about.

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#1 hegu

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 11:12 AM

/como-enamorar-a-un-hombre-muy-mujeriego/index.php
/cerita-lucu-manado-2012/index.php
/trucos-para-gta-san-andreas-ps2-trucoteca-municion-infinita/index.php

Hundreds of them... No such entry pages on my web site. Some are coming from Google and some babylon search, funmoods.com search, Direct access etc.

 

Any idea what are these? And how to stop this?

 

I am see in my custom web logs. I don't use Google analytics.

 

Thnx.



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Posted 18 March 2013 - 12:55 PM

is it the requested URI or the referrer URI



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Posted 18 March 2013 - 02:17 PM   Best Answer

It's called referrer spam and it's typically nothing to worry about.



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Posted 19 March 2013 - 01:01 PM

It's called referrer spam and it's typically nothing to worry about.

 

Thanks. What I worried about is if they actually clicks http;//mysite.com/somepage.php in Google and seeing these URLs?

 

 

 

is it the requested URI or the referrer URI

 

It looks like requested URL. But not sure. Weblogs just says 'Entry pages'. (Entry page means same page in my web site. righ?)



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Posted 22 March 2013 - 08:41 AM

Weblogs just says 'Entry pages'

So you are using a log analyser to read the logs rather than looking at the raw logs.

 

 

(Entry page means same page in my web site. righ?)

Possibly but it depends on which analyser you are using and how easily confused it can get with how the request is formed or spoofed.

 

And how the hosting is setup can cause problems such as this, especially if you are on a shared server from one of the 'popular' providers. The requests could be for a different site entirely but your site responded instead.

 

Have you 'pinged' the rogue URIs to see if they resolve to the same IP as your site?



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Posted 24 April 2013 - 12:22 PM

You mean like ping url like this?

http://mysite.com/como-enamorar-a-un-hombre-muy-mujeriego/index.php

I did a search on google for ping tool and tried this. But not working. Where/how I can ping?



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Posted 24 April 2013 - 02:46 PM

If you're running Windows, just open a command prompt and type in the word ping followed by the domain name, e.g.

ping highrankings.com

The result will include the IP address:

Reply from 64.131.88.194: bytes=32 time=18ms TTL=50


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Posted 24 April 2013 - 10:20 PM

My intention is NOT to ping my web site. I want to ping the url.

 

Like Chrishirst said above:

 

Have you 'pinged' the rogue URIs to see if they resolve to the same IP as your site?

 

So how to ping the entire url?



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 04:58 AM

Then just use Web Sniffer. It's not a ping tool per se, but it will show the IP address you're connecting to in the request header.



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 10:50 AM

It is saying : (for many urls in web logs)

 

Status: HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found

 

So people coming from google (with some weird keywords PLUS mostly Direct access) to these non-existing urls.

 

No malware on site. Site is clean.

 

Questions:

Why these non-existing urls on my site?

The visitors coming to my site are trying to look what?

 

Any advice is greatful. I can leave it at this point, but my site ranking gone down for all my keywords. I have never used link farms or anything illegal or boost the ranking.



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 02:31 PM

Network interfaces  with an IP respond to a ping not the individual URL

 

 

Why these non-existing urls on my site?

If they return a 404 response .... They aren't.

 

Thanks. What I worried about is if they actually clicks http;//mysite.com/somepage.php in Google and seeing these URLs?

 

NOBODY is EVER going to "click" on those URLs. They do NOT exist in any search rngine, and are not indexed anywhere. The log entries are created by a bot with a spoofed referrer being sent to a non-existent URL, because server 'signatures' are often returned to the user agent in the HTTP response data.



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 10:04 PM

Thanks everybody. I guess I can leave this trouble here for now. Right?

 

I blocked some sites and backlinks in GWT today. Will follow it and see what happens. I will update this thread again.



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Posted 26 April 2013 - 12:00 AM

You may be overlooking some data in your server logs.  It does look like "referrer spam" as Jill noted above; typically, those fetches are accompanied by referral data that points to another site.

 

They are using a program that pretends to be a user clicking on bad URLs as if they were clicking on broken links on other sites.  They are hoping you will either link to or visit those sites (I would not do that -- this is sometimes used to spread malware).

 

If you can check the IP addresses that are fetching the bad URLs you may see some similarities (maybe they are all the same).  You could try to block them to prevent the referrer spam from happening again (although if it's someone tied in to the black hat community, those guys swap proxy server addresses all the time -- it's not worth trying to police).

 

Sorry if that's all confusing.  I don't really have time to be both clear and concise.


Edited by Michael Martinez, 26 April 2013 - 12:00 AM.


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Posted 26 April 2013 - 11:07 AM

Thanks Michael. I understand what you are saying.

 

IP numbers say search.msn.com, some malaysia,indonesia and some random countries...



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Posted 26 April 2013 - 11:45 AM

Search engines may test how your site handles 404 errors by inventing crazy/bogus page names.  Stuff coming from random countries probably represents something else.  I once looked at some backlink data for a large Website that was receiving a lot of clicks from a foreign country -- all to non-existing pages.

 

It turned out that a fairly popular Website in another country (using a completely different language) had integrated the site's RSS feed into its content (my guess is the site was a mashup featuring content from sites around the world).  The widget publishing the links was incorrectly coded and it altered the URLs.

 

This of course created a bad user experience on both sides of the equation.  I don't recall what the site operator did to resolve the issue; I may have suggested they redirect all the malformed URLs to a special page (once we found the widget it was possible to predict which URLs would be broken and how) or to the right pages.






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