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spam referers bypass htaccess rules [duplicate]

Here is a sample code I'm using in .htaccess to block spam referers: RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://.*buttons-for-your-website\.com/ [NC,OR] RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://....
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Google Analytics referrerless ghost direct traffic

This week Google Analytics' accuracy has taken a nose dive from its already very low starting point with dozens of alleged single hit sessions per day on the home pages of most of my sites with the ...
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Identifying the file sending out spam email

I'm trying to identify the cause of spam emails being spent out from one of my clients wordpress websites. while I can identify the folder i can't identify the file. I've added the following to the ...
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Emails from a VPS server usually go to spam folder? [duplicate]

I found that the emails sent from my VPS server usually go to the spam folder in popular email providers such as hotmail or gmail. Is it because the VPS IP has been marked as a spam server? (Other ...
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How do I secure my site against human spam farm attacks?

I have a Q&A site that has recently been attacked by what I strongly believe to be a human spam farm, as described in these articles: Spammers Pay Others to Answer Security Tests Are You Human? ...
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Negative SEO impact of offering free stuff on website?

If I'm not mistaken, emails offering free stuff are more likely to be considered spam by spam removal software. Is there a similar problem with offering free stuff on a website? Of course, if someone ...
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Spamhaus is blocking my url for no reason

I own a small business that sells window decal stickers online. I changed hosting providers of my website to a new host because the old host was having some issues. The day I changed over, I ...
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Is this really GoogleBot, or is this a spammer?

I found this IP in my access log posting repeatedly thousands of times. Is this really GoogleBot, or is it a spammer? I hesitate to block it. 185.62.188.98 - - [13/May/2015:18:54:33 -0400] "POST /...
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Cleaning up web results after SEO spam attack

A while ago my Wordpress-based personal site was hacked with SEO spam. I've since cleaned it up (removed and reinstalled wordpress, manually checked through all files, manually checked database ...
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Is there a way to get rid of Google Analytics event tracking spam?

I'm using event-tracking via the GA-collector (https://ssl.google-analytics.com/collect) to see the usage of an API. When checking the event-category in GA the first line is always to use this ...
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How to get whitelisted in microsoft's email network?

I have been trying for the last couple of weeks to get whitelisted in the Microsoft's email network. I can send emails from my site to gmail and yahoo with no problem. They are delivered to the right ...
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I'm getting weird traffic from flipboard.com - is it referral spam?

Here's the screenshot: I have looked through several "referral spam" websites lists, but I didn't find flipboard.com on any of them. But from the stats (visit time, bounce rate), I'd say this is a ...
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Google Webmaster Data-Highlighter shows adult links in site. None found in source code

Google Webmaster Data-Highlighter shows that adult links in site but on checking the source code in browser links are not shown. Even the sucuri is showing site is clean. https://sitecheck.sucuri....
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Block social-buttons.com / simple-share-buttons.com Referral Spam

How to remove social-buttons.com / simple-share-buttons.com this type of lots of Referral Spam link they increase 100% bounce rate How to remove this type of referral spam link in via .htaccess or ...
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Random (but coherent) text posted from random IP addresses - what kind of attack is that?

My website has a nice by-design anti spam protection. Originaly it was a mistake. What I did is, that every AJAX-submitted <form> has method="get" but AJAX actually uses POST. Thanks to this, ...
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How can someone use my server to send email to an address on the server?

This is weird. Today, I received an email from a server I manage. In other words, the email ends in the same domain name that is run on the server. After checking the email headers, the composer ...
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Why does it seem my GA include-only-hostname filter is filtering out hits from Twitter?

I took the advice from this article to eliminate referral spam from my Google Analytics report by filtering out all hits that didn't use my hostname. There is only one other filter on that view, one ...
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MediaWiki spam, deleting last days

2 days ago I did the mistake of updating my MediaWiki site, without transfering my old user management plugin. My site was shut down from my host for mail spam and there are now over 14 million new ...
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SEO hurt by unrelated links? Long term linking, spammy terms

I have a couple of questions regarding SEO ranking as it pertains to spam sites linking to my site. I have a niche website that allows people to create their own web pages for free. A couple of years ...
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Is there a way to get legitimate but spammy words past filters?

I have a client who needs to send out email to large lists of opted-in subscribers. Some of the email content contains words that would ordinarily trigger content-blocking filters and firewalls. ...
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How to prevent redirect from spam website to my website? [closed]

A strange thing has happened.. A spam website when opened is now redirecting to my website. It's only 1 spam website which does this. It's like IAmSpam.com url redirecting to my website IAmNotSpam....
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What is forum20.smailik.org referral traffic?

In my Google Analytics real-time I now see a lot of visitors with referrer forum20.smailik.org This link redirects to http://www.aliexpress.com/ What does this traffic mean? (And should I block it?)
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Website hacked and redirected with 1700 spam backlinks [duplicate]

Ok, so here is the deal. I have a client that got a website with me. But before he did one day he was hacked and his website had about 120 links and in the middle of december his site all the sudden ...
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Problems with bad mail reputation [duplicate]

I have recently started with a small company that is having pretty bad problems with mail ending up in peoples junk folders. They used to send large bursts of newsletters from the one address every ...
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What is the purpose of spam registration bots?

I have been intrigued by this for a while, and haven't been able to find a solution elsewhere, so I was wondering if anyone here knew the answer: Since I have set up my personal website, I have ...
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How to fight off referrer spammers?

Last months I have lots of referrer spammers in my GA statistics. Their count is ~10x higher than count of legit visitors (my site is not very popular yet). I've turned on an option to hide known ...
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Getting spam sent through website, but visitor not logged

I'm getting spam messages send through my contact form on my website but the visitor is not logged at all in Piwik. Does this mean that they disabled Java? Would they purposely go through that effort ...
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Why is spam added to the Bing cache of my landing page?

Please search on Bing "url:testrails.org" and open the cached page. Bing shows random other pages below the content of my own landing page. This is so weird! This is what I found out so far: I have ...
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Removing Spam Links from Google Index

Last week a site I help administer was compromised. A confluence of events (move to new hosting, brand new web application released, etc.) makes it difficult to track down why it happened, but ...
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Is it okay to block all user agents that start with “PHP/5.”?

I'm getting a lot of spambots from China (and elsewhere, likely botnets) accessing my blog which have a user agent string starting with PHP/5.. These include such nonsense values as PHP/5.3.70 and PHP/...
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Gmail is blocking my emails sent to them

I believe I got blocked for sending too many emails to one address by gmail. I have an application I made and I had email notifications on. It was sending a lot of notifications recently. I have since ...
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Scraped content from my website posted on Blogspot is outranking my site and causing Google penalty

I noticed that starting from October the organic traffic is very low on my website. I searched on Google for some text phrases from my website and I noticed that there is a Blogspot website, a blog ...
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Securing a server against DDoS like spam runs

Periodically my server gets hammered so hard by automated comment spam runs against my blogs that the server goes down and I have to annoy my provider to get a power cycle if I don't see it happening ...
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When to use an external e-mail service? (MailChimp, MailGun etc)

Noob alert. I've been reading about the big deal that sending massive campaigns is, in terms of not getting banned, warming up IP's and so on. The thing is that I have a site that deals with a few ...
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Website visitors with same PHP session ID, same cookies, but different IPs and user agents, all within one second. What are they and how to stop them?

We've noticed an unusual and growing pattern in visits to our website. When a user visits, we set a PHP session ID, set cookies, and record the user agent and ip. What we've seen happening a lot ...
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Spam links injected into GWT's Structured Data Testing Tool?

When I examine one of my self-hosted WordPress sites using the Structured Data Testing Tool of Google Webmaster Tools, I was shocked to see links to 2 spam sites inside the "HTML" tab! However, when ...
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Why is a contact form getting spammed even after adding captcha?

A client was getting a lot of spam from a form on their site. I added Captcha and changed the form fields and form recipient email address, but the client is still receiving spam from the server, with ...
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Bingbot requests from Google IP address

We have some suspicious requests to our server, 74.125.186.46 - - [24/Aug/2014:23:24:11 -0500] "GET <url> HTTP/1.1" 200 16912 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; bingbot/2.0; +http://www.bing.com/...
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How to batch remove spamming users and pages they created on MediaWiki?

I'm trying to clean up a MediaWiki instance which has been subjected to spamming and vandalism for a period of time. The current status is that there are a large number of users which only created ...
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My shared hosting account is sending spam emails

My webhost has deactivated my shared hosting account, since it was sending spam emails through my domain. I have all unrouted mail such as mailto:aasdasd@domain.com set to be forwarded to a specific ...
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Piwik visitor log spam

I use Piwik to track people visiting my website. Unfortunately a lot of the visitors that appear in the visitor log are not real people but spam bots. Normally, these bots use a provider from a ...
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I keep getting blacklisted.

I have just purchased a VPS with Centos 6 and I have installed ZPanel on it. I have created a mailbox and everything seemed to work perfectly for a few days however, suddenly my mail stopped working. ...
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So I just got a Pottery Barn email that required I call the store to be removed [closed]

About a year ago, I bought a Pottery Barn Kids gift for my nephew's baby shower and last night, I got a marketing email in my box. I hadn't seen this technique before. As far as I know, it doesn't ...
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Error Log shows nosy visitors trying to access various admin pages

After experiencing a very high amount of hits on my 404 page, I've started monitoring my website's Error Log. There I've found that through-out the day, there are several attempts at accessing admin ...
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what should I do if I cannot find a person who asks to unsubscribe in my mailing list?

One of our customers asks us to send out marketing mail. We manage their subscriber list in Microsoft Dynamics CRM and use a remote desktop tool to send the mails through their network via the ...
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I've noticed a bizarre (malicious?) behavior in my website logs

My website logs spit out "invalid content" messages -- they typically occur when someone types in a wrong hyperlink or a page has mistakenly changed URLs. Lately (about 20 times per day) I've been ...
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Issue with Godaddy DNS manager

I'm using domains.live.com to setup an email to a domain registered on Godaddy. The domains.live.com configuration page says: Godaddy's DNS manager isn't accepting this string Value: v=spf1 ...
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Domain blocked in spamhaus

I registered a domain with bigrock.in a week ago. During my website's development phase, I sent several mails using PHPMailer to test Gmail accounts. The HTML message body contained a link to my ...
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My website's email is being marked as spam, how do I analyse a X-CNFS-Analysis email header?

My website is sending out email that RackSpace email is marking as spam. I'm trying to figure out why the email is being marked as spam and what I can do about it. The most interesting header that ...
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How to block a spam bot .htaccess proper formatting?

I have downloaded my access log file from my cPanel and found I have a bot I would like to stop. In the access log, there User-Agent string reads the following; 88.80.205.219 - - [08/May/2014:23:...