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Weird Sites are Sending Me Traffic...Should I Worry?

  1. Hello, I just noticed a pretty huge increase in both quantity and regularity of traffic. Usually almost all of my traffic comes when I let my Facebook friends know of a new post, but the blog is public, so I very occasionally get spam comments. When I saw this sudden increase in traffic, I looked at the lists of referrers. Most of them are tinyurls or snipr urls that, when you click on them, say they have been deleted because they were used as spam. Many others are adult dating or porn sites. I care about the image of my blog and I only refer certain people to it, so I am worried about why these inappropriate sites are sending me traffic--- and about how. Do you know why this is happening, how worried I should be, or how to fix this?
    Thanks!

    The blog I need help with is allathis.wordpress.com.

  2. I am the exact same issue! I would love to know what caused this.

  3. lawfullyweddedwife
    Member

    This problem has been going on for a while to many users. It's spam and you should report the links so they can blog the sites from wordpress. Let me share with you the response that I and many others were sent by support:

    "Hi,
    I am sending this to quite a few people so I apologise for the lack of a personal reply.

    First, thanks for reporting the full blog urls. These are blocked and you should not see them again.

    This is a very hard problem to deal with and based on the last 5 years dealing with spam here is what I think is happening:

    1. A spammer finds a lax domain registrar or makes a deal with a less than scrupulous one.
    2. Spammer buys a large number of sites
    3. They then fill those spam sites with ads or possibly malware
    4. Spammer then spams thousands of websites.
    - so far he will have bought the domains using a program and put all the ads on using a program so the effort involved is tiny.
    5. Spammer hopes people follow those links back to his site.
    - because his costs so far are small it only takes a few purchases through ads to make money. If the site is serving malware then payment per successful infection is made.
    6. Spammer then gives the domains back to the registrar within the accepted time-limit and gets a full refund.
    - if you buy a domain through wordpress.com you can cancel within 2 days. A dodgy registrar might allow longer but it's still a short amount of time. That's why they move fast.
    So it's all profit.

    Can we stop it? I'm afraid we can't simply because it is outside our control.
    But we can and do block every domain that gets reported and again thanks for doing so because it helps everyone too."

    It's very annoying and it will likely continue to happen to you, but apparently there's not much to do but report it and wait for it to be blocked. Hope this helps!

  4. Your site and image are in NO danger - clicking on the link is what they want you to do so just leave the link alone.

    Below is a letter I received from the Staff on this issue - there are several other threads in the Forum on this subject - you can report the Spam links to the Staff - DON'T post the links in the Forum as that gives them more Google juice for searches.

    Hi,
    My apologies if you have received this email before.

    Thank you for reporting the bad referrers.

    Your blog is not at risk, there are no security concerns, no-one outside your blog can see those links.

    This is a very hard problem to deal with and based on the last 5 years dealing with spam here is what I think is happening:

    1. A spammer finds a lax domain registrar or makes a deal with a less than scrupulous one.
    2. Spammer buys a large number of sites
    3. They then fill those spam sites with ads or possibly malware
    4. Spammer then spams thousands of websites.
    - so far he will have bought the domains using a program and put all the ads on using a program so the effort involved is tiny.
    5. Spammer hopes people follow those links back to his site.
    - because his costs so far are small it only takes a few purchases through ads to make money. If the site is serving malware then payment per successful infection is made.
    6. Spammer then gives the domains back to the registrar within the accepted time-limit and gets a full refund.
    - if you buy a domain through wordpress.com you can cancel within 2 days. A dodgy registrar might allow longer but it's still a short amount of time. That's why they move fast.
    So it's all profit.

    Can we stop it? I'm afraid we can't simply because it is outside our control.
    But we can and do block every domain that gets reported and again thanks for doing so because it helps everyone else too.

    -
    Mark

  5. I'm having the same problem (lots of traffic from snipr and tinyURLs). How do I report these spam URLs to WordPress? It wasn't clear from the posts above. Thanks!

    -gloria

  6. @thecatwho: Write to support@wordpress.com

  7. ~~airodyssey
    In case people do not read the the thread I'm posting this.

    Staff have created a filtering system.
    They have requested that we do not click the spam refferer links because that is what the spammers want us to do.
    They have also requested that we do not post any referrer information into forum threads, but instead that we report all spam refferer links directly to them.

    Please do not post any information here at all. If you have not reported the links directly to Staff please do that now support@wordpress.com

  8. Thread closed due to forum policy please use the contact email to report shady spam sites found in your stats...

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