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  1. #1
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    Hello to all... my first post.

    I just this week have begun paying the extra monthly fee to get a full view of my access log from my web host. In other words, I can now do a complete log analysis, including seeing the names of referring web sites.

    I have discovered something I find both personally and professionally troubling.

    Among the list of referring URLs on my access logs are web sites promoting gambling, but far worse, web sites of an adult/sexual nature.

    Why in the world would these types of enterprises be referring visitors to my innocent genealogy web site, and how can I stop this...? Also, I checked on the "texas hold 'em" site to see what exactly the link WAS to my site but could find nothing applicable.

    What in the heck is going on here...?

    Stef

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    Senior Member Fallout's Avatar
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    This is probably referrer spam. Sites will do this in case you show the most frequent referrers on your page (mostly blogs do this) and they think they can get a free link that way. You can use the newly re-launched Google stats tracker if you don't want to pay for the log access: http://www.google.com/analytics/

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    WDF has a ton of them too. Don't worry, it's nothing you've done but those bastards out there who not only squad on domain names but use them for useless link and search result portals to generate swarms of locus-like links.
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    The referrer stats can be a bit misleading. It shows the last website that was on the users screen before coming to your website. If there is a link on that site to yours then that is a true referrer, however it also shows as a referrer if they were on a site and then browsed to yours directly by typing in the url in their browser.

    It could be that you have some visitors that where looking at porn/gambling sites before coming to yours.
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    Thank you all for helping me put my mind at ease.

    Stef

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    Hey

    I wrote an explanation and a PHP blocking script: CrawlerController.

    Also, a quick Google search for "referral spam" or "referrer spam" will show lots of other good articles.
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