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I eventually found the hack by running a malicious code scanner from https://github.com/mikestowe/Malicious-Code-Scanner to detect the main causes of the hack. This detected 90% of all the flies that has been modified to allow a post request to send a string that the hacked file would then run as php. Then I ran cat example.co.uk | cut -d\" -f2 | awk ...


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Lately, ghost spam has been hitting in pairs with direct visits along with referrals, probably as a distraction. I've noticed this behaviour with free-share-buttons but probably there are other spammers that are doing it. So now the problem comes because before you add the referral to a filter to stop it, but this won't stop the direct visit just the ...


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In PHP, the mail() function is used to send email. In linux, you can navigate to the root folder where wordpress is installed (probably document root) and type: grep mail\( *.php Then it will search all php files in the folder for any matches for mail( and the filenames listed on the far left is the file the match is found in. You may have to change to ...


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To answer your title question directly "How to fight off referrer spammers" the simplest answer is to drop Google Analytics and switch to Piwik, which automatically blocks all referrer spam by default. I realise you are probably used to Google Analytics and wish to keep using it, but if you look at the bigger picture you do have another option which works ...


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In case you are still searching for a solution, and can't understand the references made, here's the Definitive Guide to Removing Referral Spam, now on it's 133rd revision since Dec 28th, 2014: http://www.analyticsedge.com/2014/12/removing-referral-spam-google-analytics/ TL;DR: a valid hostname filter will remove all of the ghost referrals (Include ...


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Are there better solutions to this problem other than adding more human moderators? yes, automated annoyance of the spammers and their commercial objectives. First, make sure all past and future links on your site are "nofollow" see here for full details https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nofollow but basically it makes your site far less attractive to ...


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But what if he's searching for "cake"? Will a site offering "free cake" rank lower because it will be considered spam-like? Google's objective is to serve the most relevant content as fast as possible to user queries. So if user are querying for 'free cake', Google will serve 'free cake' content of high quality and skip 'free cake' content of low ...


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If your site is useful, relevant, and does not participate in spammy practices, there should be no adverse effects for using the word "free". I have worked on legitimate erectile dysfunction (big pharma) sites, which is normally a spam-heavy subject, and they rank just fine. Now, if you are buying links, link to "bad neighborhoods", and cloak keywords - yes, ...


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Is this additional traffic going to have negative effects on SEO? The traffic by itself at extremely high numbers may have an impact because of all the processing the server must process for every user. But what makes this traffic cause negative effects is the postings that result on your site. So if you have 500,000 robots within a day posting a ...


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Make sure you return a 404 or a 410 for deleted pages. Then resubmit a sitemap.xml with all the links/URLs of the website before the SEO attack using dummy recent lastmod values. Make sure your are not blocking access to those URLS in your robots.txt. Then, be patient.


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mxtoolbox.com can be very helpful here. Go to it, then go to blacklists, enter your domain, and you'll see who has the domain blacklisted. Then on details page, it may ask you to register, but you can click on X on the top right-hand corner of the box to skip that. I did that, and on the details page, it states: Reason for listing - No IP queries, see ...


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Your domain is not necessarily being accused of e-mail spam. Here are the categories from their FAQ: spam domain phish domain malware domain botnet C&C domain abused legit spam abused spammed redirector domain abused legit phish abused legit malware abused legit botnet C&C I would suggest checking your domain name and the IP address of your ...


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I can agree that it definitely is NOT google at all. This webpage http://www.whois.com/whois/185.62.188.98 tells me its from a system out in ukraine called blazingfast. Before downright blocking the IP, you have to figure out what types of people you want to welcome to your site. It's quite possible that someone on that network simply has a hijacked ...


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No. It is not Google. Google would not POST /xmlrpc.php. This may be a vulnerability probe or an attack against an existing vulnerability that may or may not exist on your site. 185.62.188.98 is hosted-by.blazingfast.io. When you see something like hosted-by as a sub-domain, it is a webhost, obviously, but also an anonymous address block where the server ...


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Use the "Fetch as Google" function in Google Webmaster tools and then click on "Submit to index" and then select "Crawl this URL and its direct links". This should expedite the re-crawl of those specific pages.


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We did two things: Sign up with JMRP via https://postmaster.live.com/snds/JMRP.aspx Sign up with SNDS via http://postmaster.live.com/snds The JMRP application will go through a form and a document you need to sign. In our case it took about two days to get approved. Make sure that your SPF/DKIM/DMARC is setup correctly - we are using Port25 and their ...


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Re-submit the sitemap and... wait. Also, the most effective way to "stimulate" Google to re-visit and re-index is through new links from other websites to the pages that need to be spidered.


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Recently there has been a spate of Google Analytics spammers. They typically: Send requests directly to Google's collector script without ever hitting your website. Put advertisements for their website into referrers or other places where the data shows up in your reporting Customize their requests only with your Analytics Id (but not with your domain ...


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The Spam is getting out of control. The list it's growing and it's time-consuming and not even efficient to add a filter for each of the spammers since most of them shows up for a few days and then disappear and a new one comes. There is a lot of misinformation, the most common mistake is recommending to use the .htaccess, this file blocks the access to the ...


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Try checking the hostname it uses if it is not yours, for example, the domain of your website. If it's not one of your hostnames (you can compare with other referrals) or the hostname is not set, most probably is a referrer spam. To check the hostname of a referral: Go to the Reporting Tab in GA Expand Acquisition > All Traffic > Referrals Click ...


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Is your website available on the Flipboard magazine app? If it is, it might be visitors reading your posts from the app who then decide to continue to read it directly on your website for a better view. In such cases most visitors will hit the back button to go back to the app after reading the post on your website, hence the high bounce rate.



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