Links from an external page - what is this?

  • Engarno

    Engarno - 2011-11-12


    On the awstats statistics page for one of my websites, in the "Connect to site
    from" section, there is a list of "Links from an external page (other web
    sites except search engines)". The sites listed here have no relation with my
    site and obviously they don't have any links to my site either. Most of them
    are Russian (.ru) sites and I have no idea why they are shown in this list.

  • Jean-Luc

    Jean-Luc - 2011-11-12


    This is known as "referrer spamming". Some sites (often illegal sites) use
    robots that simulate visits by user. These "visitors" to your website send a
    dummy referrer pointing to the spamming site (in your case, these Russian
    sites). The result is that the address of these Russian sites appears in your
    lists of referrers ("Connect to site from") and you will eventually visit the
    spamming site. Some websites publish their lists of referrers which make them
    particularly attractive to referrer spammers.

    Jean-Luc, InternetOfficer (AWStats

  • Engarno

    Engarno - 2012-09-28

    Hi Jean,

    Thanks for the reply. I know it is a bit late but is there a way to use some
    type of filter on that section? For example, filter all ".ru" domains etc.


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