Spam in your Stats ?

Michael J McCafferty mike at m5computersecurity.com
Thu Jun 17 14:09:33 PDT 2004


Indeed, my very point !

Also, as this practice of spamming peoples' logs/stats grows, peoples stats will
become useless trash !!!


Quoting John Hughes <john at fallenbit.com>:

> I also imagine much like using wiki sandboxes to increase your page rank,
> the more people with accessable stats that get legitimately crawled by
> engines like google that have referer spam in them are a free way for
> sleazy SEOs to make money
> 
> --
> John Hughes
> 
> John H. Robinson, IV said:
> > Michael J McCafferty wrote:
> >> Emile,
> >>         Password protecting the stats doesn't keep it from happening,
> >> but
> >> it will do the same thing as entering the directory into the robots.txt
> >> file.... bots can't crawl the files... perhaps eliminating the reason
> >> for
> >> the spam in the first place.
> >
> > OH! i get it now.
> >
> > the ``spammers'' hit your site with their referal:, and when you go look
> > at the stats, you see their designated spam url at the top, thus getting
> > their message out.
> >
> > neat. sneaky. seems useless to me, but, i never look at my stats. if my
> > webserver is up, then i'm happy.
> >
> > -john
> >
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