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Referring links list nasty sites

 12:53 pm on Aug 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

I was looking at my logs, at the referring links. Out of about 200, there were 5 that were similar in style, all porn related and all sounding horrible.
The format was random-letters.com/hardcore-blank-blank-blank.htm
My site has health content, so there are pages with body parts mentioned - but not in THIS context!
I don't want to click on them, but does this mean a site like this has linked to me - or scraped the content?


The Contractor

 1:03 pm on Aug 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

Most likely referral spam unless your link is actually on the page(s)


 3:52 pm on Aug 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

To expand a bit, "referral spam" or "logfile spam" is where an illegitimate site sends a "query" to your site, so that its "referral" shows up in your logfile, sometimes (through Javascript, etc) as an active link. Then you wonder what's going on (or the script hijacks your "results" page when you try to view it), and -- voila! -- the scammer site gets a "referral" from you. Ha.

In other words, this is nothing you need to worry about; your site is fine, and you are not being "linked to" from the disreputable site. Just make sure you do NOT follow the link back to the scammer site.

(You can find loads more information online; just search on some appropriate keywords.)



 9:50 pm on Aug 25, 2008 (gmt 0)

Thank you so much - I feel better!


 11:17 am on Aug 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

These sites are injecting 302 in your site. They are most likely doing a Google proxy hacking which can filter you in Google results.


 12:48 pm on Aug 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

Mandytom, can you explain that more for the rest of us? What do they get out of it?


 11:04 am on Aug 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

If this is referrer log spam, make sure that your log files and stats pages are NOT accessible to the public - otherwise your site IS linking back to that junk.


 12:24 pm on Aug 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

I see these from time to time and just ignore them.

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