| 5:55 pm on Nov 7, 2002 (gmt 0)|
Hello - and welcome to Webmasterworld.
It's the general consensus around there that (for Google at least) an inbound link will never harm you. It's if you link back to them that you'll run into the trouble.
| 6:00 pm on Nov 7, 2002 (gmt 0)|
>>we have found that sites are adding our sites to their lists without our knowledge prior to the listing.
There really isn't much you can do. To my knowledge there has been no legal precedent set that says you have the right to control who links to you.
The only way it will have a negative impact on your rankings is if you link back.
| 9:29 pm on Nov 7, 2002 (gmt 0)|
I have a problem with a certain site (Nigerian, believe it or not) that links to my site. This Nigerian site appears to be used by those people with stolen/forged credit card numbers. It is not uncommon for me to get 5 or 6 orders per day from this site and they are always fraudulent (Oct 31st was bad - £1800 of attempted fraud).
Is it possible to stop visitors accessing your site depending on the referrer?
| 4:09 am on Nov 8, 2002 (gmt 0)|
Good - appreciate the info. We can relax about the link issue. We don't mind that other people reference or link to the sites we are involved with so long as there is no negative impact.
As for the Nigerian site - IP addresses can be blocked if you run your own server. If you purchase hosting, I'd at least give it a shot to talk to the sys admin to see if they would do it for you.
| 5:28 am on Nov 8, 2002 (gmt 0)|
I'll probably be cyberslapped for bringing this up, but I use the following plugin to ban unwelcome referrers from copyright abusers. Needless to say, the links don't stay up very long so I would call it a very effective tactic.
alert("You have just linked to [server] from a domain that has copied, reprinted, displayed this page in an unauthorized frameset, or modified portions of this website's copyrighted material for their own commercial use without [server]'s consent or approval. We are not affiliated with the domain \"[referrer]\" in any form.\n\nFor our own protection, any visitors linking to us from \"[referrer]\" will be closely monitored for site usage.");
That's a lot nicer than banning the visitor's IP.