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Tons of hits from spam domain?

  1. Hi - fairly new blogger and my stats are growing (phew). But over the last couple of days, the majority of my hits have come from akusangathensem.xpac.info. The link takes me to an Amazon ad for Kindle. I can't find a damned thing on either Google or WhoIs - what is going on, and should I be worried?
    Thanks much.

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

  2. Would love to hear more on this.
    Just taken the biggest daily hit on my blog and over half came from this very same site.
    Concerned, but not overly - at the moment.

    Stay in touch.

  3. This is a known issue and discussing it on a public forum where the same folks that could be responsible can tune in does not sound bright to me.

    Staff has requested:
    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 .
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/

  4. grandeurvision
    Member

    I'm having the same problem on my blog today. I did click the link though. How bad is that?

  5. I've gotten 41 hits from this same site in the past two days.

  6. Thanks, timethief.

  7. timethief, it's nice you post reasonable info, but putting someone down for asking a good question which many people are wondering about is lame. Besides, you just inferred you're not that bright.

  8. Same here - big spike in traffic from that place. I like getting hits, but not this way.

  9. I've been getting all of my views from them, and I was happy that I was getting views. But sad if they are fake views. :<

  10. Report them to staff via your Help button on the dashboard. Then staff can take them off your stats.

  11. I am getting the same thing, but know that the majority of my readers are reading from blackberrys, iphones, etc. Maybe a mobile domain? I only started my blog a few days ago so was hoping these are all legit....darn if they are not!

  12. I'm getting lots of hits from that same site as well. :(

  13. I am getting about 1/10th my hits from them today. Will this be fixed?

  14. Ditto... I am getting lots of hits from this. It started immediately after I posted a new blog... Not before. A little research indicates the words are in Malay. I assumed that one of my friends had posted it somewhere. I told friends on Facebook... That's it. Any other Facebook connections?

    Yes I was sent to an Amazon site. Though I suspect Amazon has nothing to do with this.

  15. neverleavehere
    Member

    I've also had this problem. Curiosity got me and I went to the site but it doesn't exist...? Didn't do anything to my computer from what I can tell. I got 41 hits from it today which is throwing my stats off. Lame.

  16. Me too! Impressive...

  17. johnanngeister
    Member

    Thanks, Raincoaster for the tip on getting these robo-hits wiped from my stats.

    I haven't tried it yet - but it''s pretty annoying and here'e hoping that external source can be blocked from wordpress.

  18. @tommcqueen
    I bef to differ whith your POV. It's clearly stated in the forum sticky posts that members search first and post only if they cannot find an approptiate thread and there are numerous threads on this subject of spam referrers in the forum searchbox. http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/7-things-to-know-before-posting-in-wordpresscom-forums?replies=1

  19. Staff has requested:
    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 .
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/

    We Volunteers have no solutions. Please do as Staff have asked you to do.

  20. 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.
    -----

    So, this should answer everyone's questions about this.

  21. timethief: I just think it's not very appropriate to infer someone asking an honest question is not bright simply because they've not run across your 3-step method. From the response I got from staff, it appears that discussing this topic here causes no harm at all.

    It sounds like you're a volunteer for WordPress. That is great, and thank you for your efforts, just don't discourage open conversation in forums. Sounding judgemental of others only backfires on your efforts. Just a suggestion.

  22. I've been having the same problem since yesterday, too. It didn't immediately start to happen after I posted a post, though.

    Do you think WordPress adjust the stats for the days that this is affecting?

  23. Oh, I've also just checked - this site hongkiat.xpac.info is also starting today to bring lots of unusual traffic to my site.

  24. Sorry to hear you are all having similar problems; timethief, thanks for posting the WP response. Tommcqueen, I did a pretty basic search, but couldn't find anything similar on the support forums. I didn't know about the rules you listed, but will follow them in the future. Thanks to all. Hope this crap gets fixed soon, but in the meantime, I'm feeling pretty rockstarish.

  25. Thanks tommcqueen for getting a response and making it available to us. A lot more useful than just posting the proceedure for reporting spam..

  26. I wouldn't have known how bad a problem this was if the original poster hadn't included the URL. By the way last night three other "info" referrers showed up. This morning though it I'm not getting the hits. I am deleting my cookies to be safe, especially since the Amazon site I was sent to had my name on it.

  27. I believe the problem dates back to approximately 5 months ago as I can locate threads in the searchbox that date back that far. http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/spam-pageview-stats?replies=9

  28. alifebewhiskered
    Member

    Mine started yesterday too. It sounds like the same people as crelacion is getting. I have 3 different referrers but the end of each web address is the same, so I assume that it is the same people/person. I reported it to support and got the same response as tommcqueen.

  29. Folks.

    Great thread. Glad I'm not suffering alone.

    As an aside - when I look at my all-time Stats I notice that I've had seven hits to a post called "70".
    I've never posted such a blog. How is this possible? I suspected that it might be a plant by one of the spammers, a springboard in, if you like. But reading the above, especially tommcqueen's comments (thanks Tom) I think I must be mistaken.

    Anyone else have a mystery "70" page in their stats?

  30. Hello,

    Just to express my concern, I'm also witnessing the same phenomenon. As the OP describes, my blog is repeatedly being accessed from the *.xpac.info domain. This is pretty creepy to say the least. I have already submitted a report to the WordPress support as suggested by timethief. I shall follow this thread until this gets solved.

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