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After doing a bit of research I found this is a rapidly growing problem.
My concern is that having these links in my stats, server logs google may somehow associate my non-adult site with this adult content.
Does google crawl these files at all?
Do I have anything to worry about?
[edited by: ciml at 1:01 pm (utc) on Mar. 4, 2005]
I have recently begun receiving referral spam in my logfiles and awstats from an adult related site.
Sometimes the offending referrals come from unscrupulous website that src your images (and freeload your bandwidth). You might want to check if this is the case.
Regarding PageRank, try to exclude your awstats from public eyes, Google's bot, or both. The information helps you become a better webmaster but serves little purpose for visitors.
I love it when one of my competitors have publicly viewable webstats. By comparing their stats and my stats, I can easily tell how to out-optimize them. (if webstats isn't immediately apparent, sometimes trying www.domain.com/webalizer/ or /usage or /stats yields the info you're looking for)
thats how I learned a ton!
This thread was about the effects of referral spam on pagerank ect. If you have a blog keep a close eye on it because comment spam is really getting out of hand in some places.
my stats are not public
If you're viewing your access logs through a web interface, they should be similarly be protected using the same mechanism that you put your stats behind.
this is a bot or something spamming me with false requests...
...This thread was about the effects of referral spam on pagerank ect. If you have a blog keep a close eye on it because comment spam is really getting out of hand in some places.
Referral spam is a non-issue so long as it's not publicly viewable (thus has zero effect on PageRank). Webmasters who try to be cute and put "Latest referrals" lists at the bottom of their websites are the ones being targetted by this junk.
You have to think this would be very easy for a bot to recognize and eliminate.