How many times have you asked “How To Stop Referral Spammers?”
Well, we asked that many times too. While it is a big more complicated than forwarding abusers to the NSA website, we found a way to help you along in stopping the idiots who run the buttons for websites, smalt, and all the rest of the bums from clogging up your data, your bandwidth and your site.
Everyday I add new sites because these idiots have endless money to buy junk throw away domains to attack you while selling the referral links to dumb site owners who think this might help them rank in search.
Here is the file for you:
All you have to do is put this at the top of .htaccess file, or even the bottom, but just before the actual site is called up so it stops the referral process. They get an error 500, sent on their way, you have no bogus traffic and the best of all, your referral stats will start to show the websites that actually refer traffic to you! A win-win!
I will be updating this file at least once a month so you can come by and grab it to see what sites are now under the control of these spammers and add them to your deny list.
If you find one I missed, let me know using the contact form here.