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    I appear to have my blog and posts on some, Welcome to Truthway TV site. Under my ‘referrers’ section, those links continue to show up and I don’t feel comfortable with them linking to my blog. Do I need to change my setting to block search engines from finding me?
    Thank you for your time. I don’t want the hits on my blog to be coming from outside sources that have no real interest in this site.


    The blog I need help with is



    Results of a forum search: Response from staff:

    Thanks for reporting this – we are aware of this problem and are working hard to find a solution to fix it.

    Some background: what you’re experiencing is called “Referrer Spam”, and it’s an unfortunate side effect of the way statistics tracking works. Spammers take advantage of the referrer logs and visit your blog from phantom URLs that they are actually trying to promote, in the hope that you see them in your logs and click them.

    In the meantime, you can rest assured that there is no security risk here, to you or to you blog. It’s just an annoyance, but one we will hopefully be able to get rid of very soon.

    These spam referrers do not in any way affect your blog’s Google page ranking.

    1. Do not click the links.
    2. Do not post the URL or names of the site into forum threads.
    3. Report all spam referrals to Staff directly .


    Just a note:

    .ly is Libya. So if one use a short url that ends with .ly one is supporting a country that in my humble opinion isn’ worthy of it. The .ly sites makes money for Libya…


    Just a note:

    The url ending .ly is Libya. So if someone is using a short url that ends with .ly he or she is supporting a country that in my humble opinion isn’t worthy of it. The .ly sites makes money for Libya.

    One more reason not to click them or use them. That goes for too…



    Some time ago, on my self-hosted domain, I’d posted a list of url shortening services so folks would have options to choose from. due to some housecleaning over at that domain, on February 11, I moved that post over to the fracas blog.

    Here’s a link, for those who might be interested and/or think the information would be useful to them.



    Using link shoretning services equals increased risks because the original URL is not available spam filter systems cannot make a judgement about the validity of the URL. Also as the shortening services take only seconds to use, keeping abreast of this problem is almost impossible. Unless you are sure about the links you are clicking and you know the link comes from a reliable source then be very wary about the destination page you are about to reach. Even the Safe Browsing features of web browsers such as Firefox and Google Chrome which warns users of malware or phishing sites are no match for shortened URLs. No warning will be issued, instead, users are sent directly to the potentially dangerous web page.



    And yet… people will use those services when tweeting. 140 characters doesn’t leave much room for urls and commentary together. At the end of my post is a url expander as well, for times when you’re not sure and want to see where the shortened url will resolve.

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