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hits from profile.myspace.com?

43% of one of my sites' hits comes from http://profile.myspace.com/index.cf

   
8:51 pm on Mar 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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43% of one of my sites' hits comes from ht*p://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm. What does this mean? I know myspace.com is some kind of blog, but ht*p://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm doesn't seem the kind of place to get linked from. Is it spam?

[edited by: Receptional at 4:29 pm (utc) on Mar. 24, 2006]
[edit reason] de-linked [/edit]

10:35 pm on Mar 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Someone has a link to your website in their profile.
10:37 pm on Mar 23, 2006 (gmt 0)



could it be that someone has hotlinked an image and you think it's a "visit" each time their page with your image has been loaded?
11:03 pm on Mar 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I bet you walkman is closer to the truth then some kind sole giving you a link.
11:47 pm on Mar 26, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I have this happen all the time. There are some real image scavengers on MySpace. They don't really use enough bandwidth to bother me and usually go away fairly soon (guess they change them out quite often). FYI: Never had them hotlink to one with a copyright notice.
2:24 pm on Mar 27, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I would expect links to images to be helpful on Google Images, so I tend to let them have it.

ht%p://profile.myspace.com/index.cf is the URL of every user's profile, so probably multiple users are linking to my images from their profile, explaining the 43%.

Too bad I can't see who's linking, because I find myspace blogs terribly amusing, especially if they have my images.

Thank you for your input.

3:55 am on Apr 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I get a lot of this. When a new Myspace page hotlinks to one of my images, I just change the image that's hotlinked to include my URL, usually just small text at the top or bottom. Of course, it's not clickable but I figure I might as well advertise.
3:59 pm on Apr 5, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'm sorry, I don't quite get it. Do you put your URL in the ALT tag?
2:04 am on Apr 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'm sorry, I don't quite get it. Do you put your URL in the ALT tag?

I just add the text onto the image in the bottom corner or something using photoshop. I rename the original file on my site so that the image is unaltered for my visitors and just the hotlinked image shows the URL text.

7:28 pm on Apr 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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crak_bot you might want to re-think your "advertising" idea. Might cause MySpacers to flock to your site and hotlink to your images. Could turn a minor nuisance into a major problem.
8:18 pm on Apr 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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crak_bot you might want to re-think your "advertising" idea. Might cause MySpacers to flock to your site and hotlink to your images. Could turn a minor nuisance into a major problem.

Why a major problem? Bandwidth is very inexpensive nowadays.
8:35 pm on Apr 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Why a major problem? Bandwidth is very inexpensive nowadays.

Because MySpace has 69,093,144 members. Of course if you have something that interests them on your site it might work to your benefit (now that I think about it).

8:40 pm on Apr 7, 2006 (gmt 0)

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You guys are crazy. If you can generate more than 5GB/mo of traffic from myspace pirates, there's no way some of those aren't turning into clicks. Unless you're serving png-24s or jpgs without the comments stripped at fullscreen resolution.

You could always try to use search on myspace.com for the HTML code. The company is also really good about allowing you to report copyrighted images, whether or not they're on your server.

If it really bugs you, change the image into a billboard instead. Myspace is the number one source of incoming traffic to my pages.

Jon

[edited by: Woz at 2:34 am (utc) on April 9, 2006]
[edit reason] No SIGs please, see TOS#13 [/edit]

7:35 pm on Apr 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I had some probs with myspace hotlinking but added an htaccess file to my site.

People still hotlink but all they get is the red square of nothingness.

11:22 pm on Apr 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I had a large problem with myspace users.
I host a friends movie/entertainment site, and images were being hotlinked by thousands of myspace users. Quite a few requests were being pulled every second and it kept taking the server down.
The traffic was useless to us, as the users were never visiting our site.
I ended up stopping all hotlinking. Now I just have to wait until they all update their pages.
11:43 pm on Apr 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Could you share how you stopped the hotlinks?
2:24 am on Apr 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I got my info on stopping hotlinking here at webmasterworld on this forum:

[webmasterworld.com...]

But it's pretty simple, and I'm very web-illiterate

copy this text, insert your domain name where it says "yourdomain", paste it into a notepad document and save it as .htacess (it will save as a .txt file). Upload it to your root directory and get rid of the ".txt" extension on the name of it and that should work.

You'll still see stuff in your raw logs but when you go to the hotlinked page your picture won't be there and you won't be as heavily penalized for it if it were a jpeg or other large file.

good luck!

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER}!^http://(www\.)?yourdomain\.com/ [NC]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER}!^$
RewriteRule \.(jpe?g¦gif¦bmp¦png)$ - [F]

2:28 am on Apr 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Myspacers often hotlink to images on my site as a background. I love to change them to "specialy" designed images for a laugh. One little buzz around an image on myspace and you're likely to see thousands of requests pretty quickly.
3:02 am on Apr 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Why not to use your bandwidth for advertising?

MySpace visitors directly wont come to your website as they are unaware of hotlinking images. The solution is, just make an image with your website URL and two to three words describing it and serve this leech image to all those direct hotlinking requests.

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER}!^http://(www\.)?yourdomain\.com/ [NC]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER}!^$
RewriteRule \.(jpe?g夙if在mp如ng)$ - /leech.gif [NC,L]

3:21 am on Apr 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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What a great idea, so that will turn your picture into your logo?
6:09 am on Apr 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER}!^http://(www\.)?yourdomain\.com/ [NC]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER}!^$
RewriteRule \.(jpe?g夙if在mp如ng)$ - [F]

Would I be correct in assuming that you can throw in wmv as well? That's where bandwidth really becomes an issue.

3:18 am on Apr 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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lcampers, thats true.

innocbystr, yes you can stop hotlinking of WMV files too. Just change the last line of the RewriteRule.

RewriteRule \.(wmv地vi妃peg)$ - [F]

4:35 am on Apr 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Anyone who is directly copying the htaccess code from this forum should replace the broken pipe "" character with a solid pipe before using it; Posting on this forum modifies that character.
5:37 am on Apr 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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i tried saving my logo as a gif file called 'leech.gif' and uploading it to my root directory and then changed my .htacess file to the one you suggested with the leech code added.

while the pictures still aren't showing on the other sites, neither is the logo though, am i doing something wrong or on some sites will it not work because of some configuration problems?

one site has hotlinked like 12 of my pics, each with a different name like:

/pic/john/mark.jpg

it's not showing them but it's not showing the logo either... it's not a huge deal but i'd love to have my logo show up instead of hotlinked images...

6:56 am on Apr 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Could you please post the exact htaccess code?
2:14 pm on Apr 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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i had this htaccess file:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER}!^http://(www\.)?mysite\.com/ [NC]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER}!^$
RewriteRule \.(jpe?g¦gif¦bmp¦png)$ - /leech.gif [NC,L]

I just realized that it was stopping my website from showing at all though! My site was offline and giving an error message all evening...!

4:16 pm on Apr 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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My site was offline and giving an error message all evening...!

1). By the rule \.(jpe?g夙if在mp如ng)$ you are making an infinite loop for leech.gif file. The solution is to pick any one of the image file extension which you rarely use in your website and remove it from the hot linking rule i.e. if you have leech.gif then your rewrite rule should not contain gif -> \.(jpe?g在mp如ng)$.

2). The other solution is to add the following line to your htaccess to protect all image extensions.

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI}!^/leech.gif$
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER}!^http://(www\.)?mysite\.com/ [NC]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER}!^$
RewriteRule \.(jpe?g夙if在mp如ng)$ /leech.gif [NC,L]

NOTE : Please change the broken pipe "" character with a solid pipe before using the above codes as posting on this forum modifies that character and i presume this is the reason why your site was down. Also there is a space between } and ! on each line.

10:49 pm on Apr 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Thanks!

I did your first suggestion and got rid of gif and left /leech.gif and it works!

the only thing is that if i have two windows open, the hotlinked image on the other site and my page that has my picture on it it shows my logo on my site's page instead of the correct picture.

when i close the other hotlinked page, the picture returns to normal on my computer?!

strange? Or normal... it doesn't seem to affect any other pictures on my computer

4:07 am on Apr 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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When two browser windows are opened your leech.gif is cached and that is the reason you see leech image in your own page too. If you don't flush the cache, then your browser will display the cached image; It won't even try to load the image from your server.
4:20 am on Apr 11, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hey Martin,

Yes I think they are referrer spams ... I had the same problem few days ago... They just want to attarct vidsitors to their site. Best thing is not to open log summaries to outside...Only this you can do is exclude that ip from the software (or whatever the mechanism you used to analyse the log) beside that there's nothing much you can do abbout that...

Cheers,
Akila

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