I’ve been getting hit by referer spam for a couple of months. At first I noticed in my site stats that I’m being linked to by a lot of those stupid poker, pay-day loan uri’s. So much so that I have no idea about the genuine people who come to the website.
I added these to MT-Blacklist, knowing that isn’t the source of the problem. I didn’t even know what it is. Gradually I figured it out and there’s even a name for it.
Lots of articles on how to combat referer spam, mostly passive. But that’s the best we can do now. Someone’s written a perl script to get rid of bad referers in the log file but I haven’t figured out how to run perl scripts yet.
So I’ve done as much as I know how to.
- Password protect the stats log file. Easily done in the control panel. Username is admin, password the usual bxxxxxx.
- Block the offending root domains using .htaccess. I got the fomat and a list of banned referers from Tom Raferty, it’s uncanny how I’ve encountered most of the offenders in his list.
- I have to check site stats regularly and update the htaccess file. Small steps though.