Why do I get so many strange "referrers"

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  • #975739

    bb47
    Member

    Hi, Can you tell me why I get so many referrers? They are from links that seem to be from blogs about insurance. The links have no way of contacting anyone. Is this spam of some sort and why does this happen. Sorry I’m sort of new to wordpress. Thanks

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

    #975828

    sl1k
    Member

    It’s been an ongoing fight that staff has been trying to eliminate but the spammers keep changing their tactics your best bet is to report the links to the Akismet team http://akismet.com/contact/

    #975847

    bb47
    Member

    Thank you. Why would the spammers do that? Any particular reason?

    #975849

    Spam attracts spam so take a close look at the comments you have approved as one may be spam.

    #975850

    bb47
    Member

    Wow, I’ve only gotten 1 comment and that was from a good friend. Are you saying that her comment may have somehow been spam? If so, how could that happen, do you know? I’m sure she would like to know too. Thanks

    #975856

    No I’m not saying that your friend’s comment is spam. I was sharing the fact that when a spam comment is approved, spammers take note of that, then they target the blog and bombard it with more spam.

    #975858

    sl1k
    Member

    Another thing I’ve noticed is that now that my blog is becoming more popular compared to what it use to be, I’m starting to see more spam comments caught by Askimet.

    #975881

    bb47
    Member

    How strange that anyone would take the time to send spam. Don’t they have a life?

    #975886

    thegiddygoat
    Member

    @bb47 There are spam bots, and then there are ‘real’ people who spam. Those people get paid to drop spam links, that’s a good enough incentive for a lot of people, even if they have a life!! £400+ a week, it’s more than i earn by doing an honest weeks work!

    #975887

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    A few weeks ago a beginning spammer dropped their entire 6-page, cut and paste file of 20,000 words into one comment on one of my sites. All the comments sounded very reasonable, but it’s the backlink they put in their name that belies their intent.

    I don’t actually find that there’s a relationship between having approved a spam comment on a post and a blog being bombarded with spam. Most of my new posts get hit on the day they’re published, especially reblogs!

    #975888

    bb47
    Member

    Thanks for all the explanations. But I’m wondering what is the point of spams? Are they trying to get you to go to another site and buy something or what? Does anyone know? I’m trying to understand this! good luck…eh?

    #975889

    thegiddygoat
    Member

    Yes, they want you to visit a site, either to increase their views and they then gain money from that, or to sell you something. Sometimes though it’s viral links, so it’s always best not to click on any.

    #975890

    bb47
    Member

    Thank you for the explanation. I’ll stop clicking on them!

    #975891

    timethief
    Member

    The vast and overweleming amoung ot “information” circulating on the interenet is spam. Over 80% of all so-called comments submitted to blogs at wordpress.com every day is spam. Spamming is big business and there are many bloggers who are so desirous of comments an/or so ill equipped to spot it that they post it and then the spam they post attracts more spam. There are bot programs and human beings who are hired to submit spam. Read “5 things every blogger should know about spam” on this page. http://akismet.com/how/#gs2

    #975892

    thegiddygoat
    Member

    That would be advisable!! Never click on a link ‘just to see’ what it is. If you don’t know what it is, it’s best to leave well alone.

    #975893

    bb (and others), would you consider this comment Spam?

    this information needs to be passed to other people, and i will definitely do it.

    If you said No, you would be wrong. I just deleted that exact comment as Spam

    As someone noted about, don’t just look at the comment, look at the UserID and any links included. When you do that, Spam is obvious.

    #975894

    timethief
    Member

    It’s important to learn how to discern the differences between legitimate comments, pingbacks and trackbacks and those that are either bot generated or human generated spam. Don’t approve spammy pingbacks and trackbacks because you are desperate for comments and do not have the skill to spot what’s spam and what’s not. Learn how to spot splogs and spammy comments, pingbacks and trackbacks. >Trackback and Pingback Spam: What to do?

    #975895

    bb47
    Member

    Wow, great information. I did not know any of this. Thank you all for helping.

    #975896

    timethief
    Member

    If yoi click into that post I linked to yoru will learn how to spot spam in pingbacks and comments too.

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