GMG
Scholar

Referral Spam

Is there a way for weebly to block referral spam which shows up in stats information for our websites? This would be a welcome addition to prevent the skewing of the website data in stats. I am referring to well-known referral spammer sites such as burger-imperia.com. Pizza-tycoon is another one. I have had a few hits on my website from burger-imperia.com in the last few days, I don't see how it is helpful for weebly to allow this.

 

Apologies for posting in SEO if I should have posted this question and request elswhere. I appreciate your response.

9 REPLIES
Employee Moderator

Re: Referral Spam

Hello GMG!

 

Referral spam is always a pain to deal with, though unfortunately common. Were you looking for a way to prevent it entirely, or to have it filtered out of your statistics?

GMG
Scholar

Re: Referral Spam

At least to have it filtered out of statistics, since it skews the numbers otherwise. But ideally, isn't it in weebly's interest to prevent it, if possible?

Curator

Re: Referral Spam

Hello Queso!

I, too, am riddled with referral spam. in addition to those previously mentioned, my recent stats indicate a big jump in numbers -especially from top 10 -way dot com  and baidu dot com. Research results worry me, as many on-line posters have complained about site-hacking and site dissapearance due to this spam site (which i believe is in the Ukraine.)

 

PLEASE TELL ME & OTHERS HOW TO DEFINITIVELY BLOCK SPAM REFERRING SITES from my Weebly site! Or, let us know what else we can do to protect our sites. Thank You.

Community Manager

Re: Referral Spam

We have some systems in place to cut down or prevent that, although sometimes some referral spam can get through. Other than skewing your stats a little high, it won't actually hurt anything and should subside on its own, though.

- Adam
Senior Community Specialist
Curator

Re: Referral Spam

Thank you for your prompt reply, Adam.

My concern isn't the skewed stats the spam referral sites bring, but, rather, i worry about them hacking my site and, perhaps, being able to wipe-out my site altogether. i also worry that they are cloning my site and/or my handcrafted products to sell in their neck of the woods.

If you think i should not be concerned with this -and they are just 'skewing' around to drive more traffic to their own sites- i will drop it.  Although i guess it wouldn't hurt to make a duplicate of my site to hold on file, here at Weebly...just in case.

I appreciate your time and expertise, Adam. Enjoy your day!

Community Manager

Re: Referral Spam

They only way someone would be able to do that is they know your login info - if you're concerned you could change your password to something more secure, but otherwise I wouldn't worry. Smiley Happy

- Adam
Senior Community Specialist
Curator

Re: Referral Spam

Feeling safer... My thanks, again, Adam!
Community Manager

Re: Referral Spam

Glad to help!
- Adam
Senior Community Specialist
Scholar

Re: Referral Spam

spammers are on the black list but the black list has an admin who allows some through for a small fee.