Stop Referral Spam – December 2015 Release
“How To Stop Referral Spammers?”
This months list contains a lot of new sites. I think what happens is these bogus SEO companies from India, Russia, etc., put programs on servers in Russia and Ukraine to bang away bringing people reading their referral logs to the sites that are paying for that traffic.
Rather than be a sucker for this bait you can update your .htaccess with this list to stop them from doing that. Reading the list you can see so many sites that not only exist, but exist with pretty bad domain names and you can understand why the web site owners have hired SEO firms to get them traffic. The problem is these SEO firms are mostly bogus.
I have found one such at ip number 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124, which are hosted in the Ukraine. 100’s of sites drive traffic from this IP. You could ban the IP but that would not assure that you stop all the sites they put out for referral traffic.
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 December 2015 edition 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.