Tons of hits from spam domain?

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  • #559822

    davidderrick
    Member

    What is actually so terribly wrong about posting the URL or names of the site into forum threads?

    #559823

    davidderrick
    Member

    People here are not dumb. They understand what is being discussed.

    #559825

    timethief
    Member

    @davidderrick
    Question: What is actually so terribly wrong about posting the URL or names of the site into forum threads? People here are not dumb. They understand what is being discussed.

    Answer: When we post links into forum threads other members may choose to click them out of curiosity, and doing when it somes to spammer links gives the spammers exactly what they want.

    Response from staff to tommcqueen
    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. https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/tons-of-hits-from-spam-domain?replies=42#post-548475

    See also > https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/tons-of-hits-from-spam-domain/page/2?replies=42#post-548637

    #559843

    wordsmiff
    Member

    Great stuff, all. WordPress, thanks for getting on it so quickly.
    Will delete cookies as suggested and hope I get legit hits in that range soon!

    Good night, and good luck!

    #559868

    The amazon ads that you get if you click the links are just splash-screen ads. If you click the ‘skip ad’ link in the top corner, you’ll see that most of the sites from these spam referrals are fake sites about things like “pro blog design” and “how to make £££s from your blog”. Totally cynical, but there is at least a little bit of justice in the fact that the splash ads they’re using to generate a little extra revenue are preventing most people from actually entering their sites.

    #559933

    We Post Seven Unique Blog Entires A Day.

    Are These Spam Referrers Targeting Our Whole Blog or Specific Blog Entries.
    Any Way To Find Out?

    http://prosfclearinghouse.wordpress.com/

    Any Body Here Post The Same Material On An Ongoing Basis To Scribd?

    #559934

    timethief
    Member

    This is a peer support forum. We Volunteers are your fellow bloggers. We do not have backend access to blogs, only Staff so. Consequently, only you and Staff can view your stats and the referrers and see whether or not you have an issue.

    The referrers section lists other blogs and web sites that link to your blog. A view is counted as a referrer when a visitor of the other site clicks a link and lands on a URL of your blog. http://en.support.wordpress.com/stats/

    Any Body Here Post The Same Material On An Ongoing Basis To Scribd?

    Just in case your are you referring to creating duplicate content, you may want to review what Google recommends. http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=66359

    #559935

    raincoaster
    Member

    Are you suggesting your OWN URL is spam?

    Please don’t hijack threads with completely unrelated issues, or use the technical Support forum to advertise your blog.

    It’s spammy.

    #559939

    mpignatella
    Member

    Markel, from your reply, it sounds like you’ve closed the spam vector off? Not sure that’s true — after a lull yesterday, I’ve been flooded again this morning.

    #559942

    Thank You Time Thief…

    Take A Pill Raincoater. Our Scribd Site Is Our Workhorse. We Already Top Search Engines Within Subject Interest Areas On WordPress and Scribd.

    Time Thief…

    So – “When The referrers section lists other blogs and web sites that link to your blog. A view is counted as a referrer when a visitor of the other site clicks a link and lands on a URL of your blog. http://en.support.wordpress.com/stats/

    Such a Link Placed On Other Blogs Or Websites Could Be A General Link Or A Link To Specific Content Correct? See Items 1 and 2 Below.

    1. The General Link “The Blog” (All Postings)…

    http://prosfclearinghouse.wordpress.com/

    OR…

    2. A Specific Link To One (Singular) Posting To The Blog Like…

    http://prosfclearinghouse.wordpress.com/2011/01/21/records-shall-survive-transition-ccsf-bos-policy-67-1l-on-releasing-metadata-data-about-data-glg-newsoms-mayors-offices-all-staff-employee-emails-01-01-06-to-01-10-11-2/

    Whould A Referral Spammer Care Either Way And If So Why?

    #559944

    ibc4
    Member

    Still getting referals from the spammers today.
    This is on my site. ibc4.wordpress.com
    I shall report it through official channels.
    Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this discussion.

    #559949

    I’m sorta glad I came across this thread here. I was feeling a bit smug with my blog’s hit-rate for the last couple of days having just re-started posting after a period of illness and getting more hits than I had expected. From what I read here though, 75% of them are spam-referrals. Not so smug any more, but at least I now know for real just how well I am doing. It did feel quite good for a while though lol

    #559963

    areteichi
    Member

    This issue might have been resolved for me. I am yet to see a sign of spam referral today (and it’s been more than 9 hours into the day).

    I would like to thank WordPress staff and volunteers for their hard work and support! Hopefully I won’t see this happen again! (at least not for a while)

    I just wonder if you guys will delete the spam referrals that have already been recorded? Just curious.

    #559964

    matt
    Staff

    I think we’ve fixed this up — how’s it looking to you guys?

    #559965

    I think I’ve come across some of the fixing work you’ve done, Matt.

    What is “other sources” as referrer? It’s a new development for me.

    Early this morning I’ve got a named referrer, but also “other sources”. If I click ‘other sources’ I don’t learn who these referrers are. Is that because you’ve got a system to ‘scoop them into a bundle called ‘other sources’??

    Or does ‘other sources’ mean something else?

    For what it’s worth, As these have come in the past several days, I’ve selected repeated sets of letters inside spammer names and entered them in my blacklist (under discussion, under Settings). I made a point to not put in any set of letters that I thought might show up in a legitimate site name. Blacklisting knocked out any I’d caught.

    I’ve also gone through my site, which I’m sure isn’t as large as many,and edited every page and post to disable ‘pingback and feedback’, I’ve set new default to ‘pingback and feedback off’., I’ve posted a note on main page saying they’re off and will be returned when referrer spam is no longer an issue.

    A lot of bother but after surprise excitement of how popular my site had suddenly become I didn’t like the skew in my stats.

    Still don’t want the stats skew if it can be made right – should I consider “other sources” as spammer hits?

    THANKS SO VERY MUCH TO ALL WP FOR ALL YOUR WORK ON THIS!!

    #559968

    @matt. Yes, those referrers have vanished from my log, thank you.

    But…I think I have a new one today (I’ve emailed support already) but I want to know if what maggieannthoeni, above, says would help. If I disabled trackback and pingback would it help to put these spammers off the scent?

    #559972

    RE BLACKLISTING, (my ‘scheme’). Had a new spam referrer today so sent note to Support. Reply comment on blacklisting: “Unfortunately the list under Settings > Discussion in your dashboard is intended for the content of your comments, not referrers.”

    The description at the blacklisting entry says it works on everything, including URLs, so I don’t know. I’ll probably keep blacklisting for now. (A new spam referrer today so a string of a few letters from their name is added to my blacklist.)

    BTW I should have said I’ve disabled or de-selected ‘pingbacks and backtracks’ (not feedback).

    ?? I still don’t know what “Other Sources” means as a referrer site in Stats. Does anyone get this (it’s a new development) and do we know what it means? I don’t find a way to find out who ‘Other Sources’ is or are.

    Thanks!

    #559973

    joyooak
    Member

    Yes, I came here trying to find out what “other sources” means, since it is also showing up in my stats the last few days.

    #559974

    ellens365
    Member

    My stats are all cleaned up. Thanks for the hard work you fixers!

    #559975

    32ndlaw
    Member

    Thanks for the information everyone!

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