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Weird Referrers March 25, 2011

Just a question for those of you that view my blog. I have noticed over the last two weeks that I have “weird” referral sites. When I click on them they have nothing to do with art or my art or anything I’ve ever done. Also site traffic is way down. That may be due to Spring Break and my own messed up schedule. If you are having any issues associated with my blog can you please let me know by commenting or sending an email? Thank you, my friends!

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12 Responses to “Weird Referrers”

  1. Linda,

    I’ve been getting “weird” referral urls for a couple of months now. I think it’s just another kind of spam. I can’t say anything about traffic being connected to that..mine has not gone down even though I haven’t been posting much lately. Actually…I think I noticed the strange referrers and the spam comments after my blog traffic increased.

  2. I manage a blog for a professional organization and in the past month or so I’ve gotten over 400 comments that have nothing to do with the post – some are links to products, some are links to porno sites, and many are simply nonsensical. I mark them as spam, and continue to leave that blog needing moderation for comments. I haven’t noticed anything on my art blog.

    Jackie Griswold

  3. Carol King Says:

    I haven’t gotten many spam comments and I don’t usually check referrals, but I have noticed that my blog stats are waaaaay down. 😦

  4. lesliepaints Says:

    Strange urls coming through my referrers, also. I wrote to support and never received an answer about them. WordPress seems to be taking care of spam and I am deleting them daily on my dashboard page. They seem to pick on a particular post or page for awhile and then get tired and go away, I guess. Doesn’t seem to affect my stats one way or another.

  5. Hi Linda. Thanks for your visit to my blog and your kind comments. Regarding the weird referrals….I was getting quite a few of them so I wrote to support and they did get back to me. Apparently they are a type of spam and it is basically a glitch that has to do with how the statistics are tracked for blogs and other types of websites (at least that’s the way I understood it). They said that they basically show as a referrer on your site and then hope you will click on them so their site gets traffic. They said they’re working on fixing it, but in the meantime they suggest just not clicking on the referrer if it looks strange to you. Hope that helps. :o) You have some lovely pieces displayed here…I’ll definitely be back!

  6. Stacia Says:

    Hi, Linda. When I saw the weird URLs on analytics data for my site, I did a little digging and found a fascinating answer at a site called Techhacking.com. Their article from January 23, 2011, begins with this paragraph:
    “If you have a website using Google Analytics you may been among those who’ve noticed referrer spam from sites not even linking to your site (or nonexistent sites). This is an interesting technique called referrer spamming or referrer bombing.” The article then proceeds to tell you how you can fix the problem. See the page here:
    http://techhacking.com/2011/01/23/google-analytics-referrer-spammers/
    Hope that helps!
    Stacia

  7. Stacia Says:

    Hey Linda – don’t use my previous post on weird URLs. My techie son just woke up and he said what you need is a plug-in from http://www.Akisnet.com. It will block what is called comment spam. He says is was created by the guy who started wordpress.com. You can review the authenticity of this first, of course, before allowing this comment!
    Stacia

  8. Ms. Messy Says:

    Happy to help 🙂


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