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Okay. Without knowing the sites in question, I will try and explain a bit of what is going on and I will provide just a few links. From: http://www.cradlecloud.com/ban-block-blackhatworth-com-spam-referrals/ I get the following domain names associated with the new method of referrer spam that people are seeing of late. BlackHatWorth.com Iskalko.ru Lomb.co ...


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This is not valid traffic, it is called Referrer Spam, this kind of spam uses a Google Analytics weakness to make fake visits to your site, so they actually never visit your site. This Ghost Referrer Spam targets random GA tracking ID's with the only purpose of getting traffic from people that get curious about the referral in their analytics and try to go ...


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The difference is that, in theory, rel="noreferrer" should not have any SEO impact, while nofollow clearly specifies that the link does not endorse in any way the target URL. nofollow was invented by Google back in 2005 in order to fight comment spam in blogs, any URL appearing in the comment section would not pass PR to the target webpage. rel="noreferrer"...


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Unfortunately, you can't. Google search now exclusively uses HTTPS and all search result clicks go through an intermediate URL that removes the keywords. The URL you posted above appears to be that intermediate URL, and that's all you get as the referrer. The reasoning behind this is that each user of Google often gets personalised results based on their ...


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I can confirm that Google Analytics will start a new session when the user comes back from logging in with the referrer from another site. I don't have as big a problem with it on my sites because not many of my users log in. From Google's referral exclusion documentation: How excluding referral traffic affects your data By default, a referral ...


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You can find the referrals under Acquisition , in All Trafic and All Referrals reports.


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As John says, this is fake traffic known as "referral spam". This morning I had about 80% of my "traffic" coming from this same domain. Rest assured, you are not paying Google for these clicks. The basic idea behind referral spam is that some hosts will publish their logs or Analytics data publicly, thus creating links and/or text references to their spam-...


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That means that the visitor did not send a referrer for the request. That can happen if: The user was a "direct" visitor and typed the URL into the browser bar or used a bookmark. The user followed a link from outside the browser (for example from an email or mobile app.) The user came to your non-secure http site from a secure https site and the browser ...


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As mentioned is this answer there is a new method of doing this: Referrer Policy/meta tag. See spec and example in this q&a.


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I think, it uses the document.referrer properties via Javascript. See the attached link!


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I also had this same problem. I solve by adding meta tag like below and it will be work only in Chrome and Safari. <meta name="Referrer" content="origin">


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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-...


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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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Sadly you can not referrer on HTTPS to sites using HTTP. You can however do HTTPS to HTTPS or HTTP to HTTPS. SOURCE Clients SHOULD NOT include a Referer header field in a (non-secure) HTTP request if the referring page was transferred with a secure protocol. A work around would be to use a internal redirect script that rather than directing ...


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No, it does not. Your Google Analytics is not a ranking factor. So garbage referrals, or anything else in your analytics, will not affect your ranking.


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There are plenty of threads about this in the Google product forums: Lots of visits through simple-share-buttons.com How can this be self-referrals if the domain is nothing to do with me How to block 4webmasters.org, Russia traffic? What is Google doing about all the SPAM in Analytics? Here are some of the best comments from those threads: Dreamframer:...


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You can exclude them by creating a filter. You need to find something specific enough so you don't accidentally block good visitors and it is tedious as you have to manually add each spammer but this will do the trick.


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This is just referer spam, from Wikipedia: Referrer spam (also known as log spam or referrer bombing) is a kind of spamdexing (spamming aimed at search engines). The technique involves making repeated web site requests using a fake referer URL to the site the spammer wishes to advertise. Sites that publish their access logs, including referer statistics, ...


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In most cases the URLs used in Google Search Results come from their search index, and therefore will be based on the canonical entries they have. e.g. it will be the https version of your website redirects all http pages to the https. However, you define which URL is used in your Google My Business entry, and that is the one shown for the website link when ...


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I was able to set up a link from an HTTPS page to a HTTP page on another domain and still pass the first page's URL as a referrer using the following technique. Definitions Origin page: HTTPS page where the link to the HTTP hosted destination page is situated. In this example: https://example1.com/origin.html Destination page: HTTP page which has access ...


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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 ...


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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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I would check your log files to see if this is referrer traffic to your site as opposed to Google Analytics. There is a new spam technique seen here: How to fight off Google Analytics referrer spammers? though neither of these domains are owned by this spammer and this answer may not apply- it is well worth a read for general knowledge of a new technique. ...


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It's just spam :) Scripts can send Pageview and Event data to random GA tracking codes without visiting your site. The best fix is to create a filter that only allows requests originating from your hostname(s). This is a great article on it: http://help.analyticsedge.com/spam-filter/definitive-guide-to-removing-google-analytics-spam/


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Method 2 Following the concept of method 1 (below), I realised this could probably be done with just one technology and without reloading the current page. It's all done client side with plain javascript. <!DOCTYPE html> <head> </head> <body> <a href="https://validator.w3.org" id="allowReferrer">Link that you do want to ...


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The idea would be to make your requests look as much like a real browser as possible. Real browsers send referrer headers. You'd want to send referrer headers that look as much as possible like the referrer headers that a real browser sends. A real browser never sends random referrer headers. It sends a referrer header for the previous page. Most ...


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Yes. In the example below, people reaching page B from a page other than A will receive a forbidden error. To do it, you need something like this: RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http://www.yoursite.com/A.html$ RewriteRule B.html - [F,NC] Substitute yoursite and the html extension as appropriate for your case. Note that this is not a secure way of doing ...


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You will want to do a 301 Redirect (301 meaning permanent as opposed to 302 temporary). This will forward on all traffic to the new location automatically. Search engines will take note of the 301 response and mark the homepage as moved to the new location.


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referrer strings are handled at the browser. Exactly. It is the users browser that sends the HTTP referer[sic] as part of the HTTP request. Website.com (where the link originates) has no control over this. In fact, the user has complete control over this. The HTTP referer is notoriously unreliable. The user can configure their browser to not send a referer ...


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It's just referrer spam.


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