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Odd Links From External Page Showing In Awstats
Posted 14 May 2004 - 02:20 PM
Now I've taken and checked a few of these links out and there's no mention of the site on those pages.
Has anyone ever seen something like this happen? It seems totally bizzare, 83 links are listed, less than 25% of which seem legitimate.
Posted 14 May 2004 - 03:09 PM
They are faking referrals to your site in order to get you to visit the site. And they did!
Just ignore them. :doh:
Posted 16 May 2004 - 06:03 AM
Posted 16 May 2004 - 09:33 AM
Does it say SUCKER on my forehead now.. Sheesh I sure fell for that one to many times!
Posted 03 June 2004 - 08:25 AM
I have just switched over to a hosting company that has AW stats. Does this mean that my AW stats won't be giving me accurate data?
Posted 03 June 2004 - 08:33 AM
There's a good overview of how and why this is done at http://www.spywarein...s/referer_spam/
One clever method used by porn sites is to include an image tag in their page's HTML that calls your web site's home page. No image is loaded, but visitors to the porn site generate a hit on your site that is logged by the server.
Posted 04 June 2004 - 08:51 AM
I really have to wonder where some of these sites get the idea to link like that. Besides getting the occasional unwitting webmaster do these referrals help them in any other way?
Posted 04 June 2004 - 01:10 PM
I have no idea why anyone would publicly publish their stats like that, but I'm told that is something that is/was sometimes done.
As to the naked women and landscape rakes, I'm told the hands aren't really the parts involved... I shall say no more.
Posted 04 June 2004 - 02:18 PM
But it's pretty darn clever!
Posted 06 July 2004 - 09:49 PM
have no idea why anyone would publicly publish their stats like that
Well now I feel like a real old person, because I remember when sooooo many sites used to do dumb things like that. Let's blame it on testosterone, or just putting out the measuring stick. In the early days of the web, webmasters used to get-off by boasting how many hits they got. Well some were challenged and it became the practise to make your log files publicly available as proof. (just incase anyone cared ).
Of course, people soon realized that hit's were nothing and that page views what counted and then you saw lots of publicly published log files disappear. Gee you mean those 100,000 hits a day were really 1000 page with a hundred graphics on each page
Posted 07 July 2004 - 08:46 AM
I find it amazing personally. But on the other hand it sure does make Keyword Research much easier when starting a new site in a new market.
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