still over the line
Not sure why, but a few a-hole sites out of Russia decided to ping my original post about referrer spam. So I removed the original post from back in late November 2013, right before I stopped posting to this blog for a good long year in 2014. I've waited about a week to see if the numbers would drop, and sure enough they did. A lot. Now that they're gone I decided to put it back up, more or less, with updates.
And while I'm at it I decided to freshen up the content a bit, with a Youtube clip from where the lead photo came from.
What Is It?
Referrer spam (also known as log spam or referrer bombing) is a kind of spamdexing (spamming aimed at search engines). The technique involves making repeated web site requests using a fake referer URL to the site the spammer wishes to advertise. Sites that publish their access logs, including referer statistics, will then inadvertently link back to the spammer's site. These links will be indexed by search engines as they crawl the access logs.
This benefits the spammer because the free link improves the spammer site's search engine ranking owing to link-counting algorithms that search engines use.
What Can I Do To Combat It?
Guide to Removing Referrer Spam in Google Analytics
More Google search results: https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=referrer+spam+google+analytics
So go ahead my fine Russian friends, refer away. I don't publish any of those statistics. Watch more from The Dude (Nobody Fucks With The Jesus):