Referrer spam weblogs

The latest trick spammers have is setting up fake blogs, usually with the design copied from another site.

Though these sites look harmless, all links direct you to pr0n sites. To get visitors to their ‘webblogs’, they use a trick known as referrer spam. They request pages from other sites, pretending to come from a link on their weblog.

Since many sites display the referrers on one of their pages, home page or statistics page, the spammer effectively creates links to his site this way. And the more links to your site you have, the higher you get in Google’s search results, which results automatically in more visitors!!! You can read more about all this at idly.org.

Even though I do not display my referrers, and Google does not spider my statistics, I still don’t want these spammers to use my site. So I blocked them based on the referer field by adding the following code to my .htaccess file:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} a-b-l-o-g.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} akksess.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} bongohome.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} busty2.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} gamling.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} gdough.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} herbalecstasypills.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} jennifersblog.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} kwlablog.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} malixya.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} mikesplace.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} mp3int.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} onlinedatingchat.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} saulem.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} teoras.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} websearchus.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} worldnewslog.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} wr18.com [NC]
RewriteRule ^.* - [F,L]

If you feel that I have added your site to this list by error, just let me know, and I will review my list.

2 thoughts on “Referrer spam weblogs”

  1. excellent info. thanks! i’ve been looking for the specifics of applying this method for a while. it definitely beats trying to block every single IP address.
    oh, and i found this by searching for “mp3int referrer spam”. a funny side effect of this method is that searching for “mp3int.com referrer spam” also yields your site but as “mp3int.com” is in the referrer search string, clicking the link yields a “Forbidden:
    You don’t have permission to access…” page.

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