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This is NOT referrer links in my stats, it is log-spam in my stats.
What is log spam?
Oganisation setup a system to visit every domain (website) and 'request' their own domain (as if it were a page on the site).
What does log spam do?
The result of this is in the logs (and therefore your stats page) in the request report (NOT to be confused with the referrer report) within the stats for the popularity of each of YOUR web pages you see links to the log-spammers pages.
Why do they do it?
- Mainly to get links pointing to their site from stats pages,
- Partly to encourage visits from those viewing stats pages.
Sure, most stats pages are password accessed or have a 'noindex' meta tag, however there are many stats pages that are open or even have some PR.
Why is it bad?
Log spam messes up your stats reports, e.g. you don't have a page called [ebay...]
but your stats report says that page has been viewed (requested) 100 times.
Why are Google doing it?
Yahoo do it, ebay do it and lots of other companies do it, I am amazed however that now even Google do it. I thought google had real respect and value for the internet.
Are you sure it was a Google IP?
Sure, I can accept that someone else 'could' do it, but there is little incentive for anyone else to 'promote' Google in this way.
Does anyone else get log-spam from Google? (perhaps someone who knows more about IPs etc than me).
Perhaps they were thinking if they do so, google will not be able to penalise (at least not via automated mode) log spammers' urls found in those stat reports available for public to view.
Other than that, there is very little incentive for doing so.
Several months ago I added a php "Add your own Link" script to my site, and immediately after I uploaded it, this was submitted:
Site Name: a
URL: h ttp://www.google.com
URL where my website can be found: h ttp://www.google.com/search?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mysite.com%2FGoogle search engine
I then recieved an email verifying it was submitted, and then 2 hrs later the submission disappeared from the page.
(http's separated to prevent links)
What you describe is also a valid way of checking for open proxies. If you request GET http_://www.google.com/ HTTP/1.0, and get back Google, you've found an open proxy. This is a far more likely explanation IMHO.
Its not a referrer thing its a request thing i.e. my logs have always shown requests (not referrals) for ebay, yahoo and a bunch of other sites. I have always understood this to be 'log spam' where the spammers want links to their site to show up in your 'request report'. However perhaps this proxy thing sheds more light on the matter.
There are probably lots of people here who understand this insideout. Can anyone explain a bit more about this?