I got that too - on a new site which has only been up a day, so I think they're doing it by IP address.
It's quite unbelievable. I mean, this is a presidential candidate. The marketing company is going to proudly announce it delivered <somenumber> of hits to the website and claim their "campaign" was a great success.
And who will be visiting the site as a result? Irritated, tech-savvy, log-reading people who know all about referrer spam and who will now have a lower opinion of the candidate than they would have had otherwise.
This is perhaps the most cynical abuse of a client's technical ignorance that I have seen from a marketing firm. I wonder if the Republicans paid them to do it.
I say, if you like being used by anyone in the world who takes a fancy to this crap, then keep your head in the sand.
Last week, the new one was supposed to be a band TranSGeniKBot [webmasterworld.com] and now we're talking about politicians using this tactic? They are about the most throw-away group in the US! Least ways, a band has a better chance of survival.
If ya think dropping the url of the log spammers here at the hightest traffic forums on the web is ok, i'd seriously think about starting log spamming myself. ;) Think about the marketing you do for these chaps - for free. They must laugh their a** off ...
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