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Mystery traffic from spammy domains? Is this referer spam?

Just inherited this client site - help me understand these log discoveries



4:11 am on Mar 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hi all- I'm a newcomer here.

I have a new client whose domain I just inherited for webmastering and SEM.

She is a therapist who advertises her services locally here in the Los Angeles area and has had her domain for a few years.

Her site gets a sort of low level of traffic, as expected for a small private practice business, but I looked in the logs and found some weird things.

- 12% of traffic coming from Lithuania even though the site is pretty specifically geotargeted to Los Angeles
- The #1 domain in the referrer list was a spammy laptop offer site
- Said offer site shows up multiple times in the logs as a subdomain of many different "get a free domain"-type hosting locations.

I have a few questions, since I am relatively new to these type of issues:

1)Is there tangible damage that is being done here? It seems like a security breach or some kind of referer spam- but I don't know how to diagnose exactly or put a stop to it.
2)Has anyone else experienced this problem? I am noticing when I google the name of the subdomain that the only results on the SERP are priv_stats files from tons of disconnected domains. How to crack down on this type of thing?


10:54 am on Mar 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Sounds like log spam to me. Hopefully this is a dying practice since it really doesn't get them much advantage any more.

If it's just log spam, do you really want to do anything about it (other than filter them out of any site stats you give the client)? It's really only a nuisance, it will never end even if you take care of this one, and maybe it's not worth your valuable energy.


12:18 pm on Mar 21, 2008 (gmt 0)

5+ Year Member

You might look into blocking the IP addresses form Lithuania.

How to block in IIS

Unix using .htaccess

Just be sure not to block more than you want and block legitimate traffic


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