what is the best way to identify spammy referrers?

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  • #502403

    heatherstark
    Member

    Like many others I have had regular referral spam recently. The way I first found out they were spammy was by clicking on them. So for some sites, now I know.

    But is there any way (except common sense…) to tell who is spammy without following the link?

    I know that for email spam there are blacklists kept by ISPs, and they share info about this.

    Does anyone know of any site on the Internet that lists spam referrers, so I can look up without been ‘seen’?

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

    #502531

    raincoaster
    Member

    Experience teaches best, but anything with “sex” in the name, anything ending in “.info” is a pretty good bet to be spam. Same with most .ru sites but not all.

    #502540

    heatherstark
    Member

    Indeed….!

    #502679

    imagepoint
    Member

    Please report your problems with referral spam to wordpress support. And do it often. Our wordpress stats are close to useless as reported since a material percentage of blog visits haven’t been visits at all. They are simply spammer tricks. Please let wordpress know that you’d like the problem addressed.

    #502680

    sl1k
    Member

    I recommend using this contact link → http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact and submit the spam referral url’s directly to staff…

    ~sk

    #502681

    timethief
    Member

    Off-Topic

    @heather
    I like what you are doing with your blog and I’m adding it to my links page and subscribing too. :)

    #502692

    markel
    Staff

    We find the spam referrers problem just as annoying as you guys do (probably more so) and are working hard to keep them out of there for you.

    If you do see some, though, please report them to us. Thanks!

    #502699

    heatherstark
    Member

    Off-topic (continued…)
    @timethief,
    thank you! that’s an honour!

    #502743

    Tried to use the support contact but a message came up saying support is on Hiatus until Aug 16. How do I get the word out on my bogus refferal links.

    #502744

    timethief
    Member

    Hi George,
    I’m sorry but there’s nothing we Volunteers answering questions can do to help you. I’m afraid gave to wait until August 16th, 2010 and then file a support ticket with Staff, unless Staff who are monitoring forum threads assist you prior to that time.

    #502745

    1tess
    Moderator Emeritus

    @georgetallmage

    Yes
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/
    “Support is currently closed as staff meet offsite brainstorming ways to make things better. We will be dropping into the forums regularly during the hiatus, and we’ll formally reopen on August 16th.”

    I have modlooked this thread so we can hope that a staff person will notice your problem and come to your assistance. Fingers crossed and best wishes…

    #502747

    tfardella
    Member

    As markel said earlier in this thread, please do report these referrer problems to us. For this week if you can just keep a list and send it into support when it re-opens that would be great. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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