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I can't explain this traffic, please help!



2:15 pm on Dec 19, 2011 (gmt 0)


Starting a few months ago, I started receiving traffic from about a dozen websites that are all very similar. All of these websites appear to be sophisticated spam websites where "users" ask questions and receive answers on everyday topics like televisions or microwaves. None of these sites appear to have real human communities, its almost as though the content is generated by robots or some professional copy writer.

Check out techrush dot com and see what I'm talking about

Anyway, I can't explain how in the world I am getting between 10-30 visits per week from each of these websites. I am not advertising on these sites, and when i search the websites for any mention of my product, I get no results.

I initially thought that this traffic was being caused by a fishy display advertising campaign that was launched on the same day I started receiving these clicks. Since disabling this marketing campaign, I am still receiving clicks from these websites.

How in the world am I getting traffic from these websites?


2:45 pm on Dec 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator ianturner is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

log spamming or referrer spamming as it is sometimes called is a technique some spammers use to market their sites.

Effectively they send referred traffic to your site in the hope that you will then come and look at their site.


3:16 pm on Dec 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

Thanks for your reply Ian.

I believe I have an account of what is going on now. We started a campaign doing display ads on an ad network. The very next day we started receiving traffic from these spam sites. I believe that the spammer discovered our website through these ads, and started "referrer spamming" us in hopes of getting linkbacks.

This would explain why we continue to get traffic from these spam sites even though the display ad campaign has been shut off.


9:28 am on Dec 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

Hey Ian, can you please shine a light on the technical side of "referrer spamming"?
OnionSEO said he didn't see any links or banners pointing to his site from target sites. is this some form of cloaking or smth?


4:20 pm on Dec 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Administrator ianturner is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Most http programs have a way of setting the referrer - a simple command line bat file or cron job using wget is all you need at the simplest level.

If you use one of these to go to a site with the HTTP Referer header set to your site or a page on your site - you don't actually need a link on that page to the target site.


9:57 am on Dec 21, 2011 (gmt 0)


haven't heard about that :) thanks a lot!


7:25 am on Dec 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

Thanks a lot for sharing your thoughts Ian. I was also not aware that in this way also spammers can bombard your website with fake visits.


11:40 am on Dec 29, 2011 (gmt 0)

Hello I am new in this community


7:27 pm on Dec 31, 2011 (gmt 0)

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