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I'm getting a lot of spam referral traffic on blogger, I searched for a way to block this traffic but I need to edit the .htaccess file which I don't have access to on blogger.

Are there any other ways to block this traffic ? on blogger I can only edit the robots.txt file.

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I assume you're referencing Blogger (blogger.com)?

Referer spam has been a problem on Blogger and other blogging sites for a very long time. Unfortunately there isn't an effective way to block it because it's very difficult to distinguish legitimate referers from spammers.

Editing your robots.txt file will not help because spammers often use fake user-agent strings and do not observe the robots.txt protocol.

Referer spam will not impact third-party statistics/analytics however, as discussed below, so use one to view actual traffic reports:

Referer Spam Does Not Represent Real Traffic, To Our Blogs

The most common advice given is:

  • Do not publish the contents of your traffic logs or list referers in your content.

  • Do not click on links in your traffic logs that you don't recognize.

  • Be patient and let Google (or other blog service) block referer spam over time.

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Does it impact the site rank on Google ? – Pierre Aug 20 '13 at 14:25
Not at all, Google is keenly aware of this issue. – dan Aug 20 '13 at 14:26
Thank you, I was only worried about the ranking. – Pierre Aug 20 '13 at 14:27
Sure thing. It's a common concern for blog users, and the simple advice is just ignore it. – dan Aug 20 '13 at 14:28

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