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I'm tracking webpage referrers. Sometimes I see russian (or other languages) blogs as referrer, which cover other subjects.

Googling "site:http://myrussianblog.ru mywebsite" returns nothing.

I don't use advertising systems.

What these referrer mean?

I know that referrer field can be changed.. but why?

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I know that referrer field can be changed.. but why?

This is known as referrer spam - unfortunately, spammers caught on to the fact that some webmasters do not secure their automatically-generated stat reports and, as most report generators do not add nofollow to referrer links, it is possible to get a link from a number of domains simply by providing a falsified referrer.

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