Spam Traffic Coming To My Brand New Sites?!

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I have 2 brand new niche sites I've just launched, they are both 1 month old. I have obviously not done any link building or anything, Ive only posted a good amount of quality content, maybe about 10 post each around 1000 words in length...

Weird thing is I can see some strange spam traffic coming in to the home pages of both sites.

This has never happened to me before on new sites.

The traffic sources are: free-share-buttons. com and the other is some weird p-orn forum site.

Another one is best-seo-offer .com

Could this be some kind of hack in my wordpress theme or am I just being paranoid??

Any help would be greatly appreciated

UPDATE: I just checked my other older sites, and they also are getting the same spam traffic from some of the same domains. Could this be a hosting issue?
#brand #coming #sites #spam #traffic
  • Profile picture of the author astraler
    Some of mine came from the similar sites traffic to my site. I think there is no problem.
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    • Profile picture of the author webmonopoly
      Originally Posted by astraler View Post

      Some of mine came from the similar sites traffic to my site. I think there is no problem.

      Hmm, maybe it is a normal thing then these days... Thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author hichamaziz
    NO PROBLEM FOR THIS
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    • Profile picture of the author webmonopoly
      Originally Posted by hichamaziz View Post

      NO PROBLEM FOR THIS
      Are you sure?
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  • Profile picture of the author Kingfish85
    These are semalt, IE referrer spam. I'd suggest blocking them using htaccess using the code below:

    SetEnvIfNoCase Via pinappleproxy spammer=yes
    SetEnvIfNoCase Referer semalt.com spammer=yes
    SetEnvIfNoCase Referer best-seo-solution.com spammer=yes
    SetEnvIfNoCase Referer best-seo-offer.com spammer=yes
    SetEnvIfNoCase Referrer 4webmasters.org spammer=yes

    Order allow,deny
    Allow from all
    Deny from env=spammer
    Check the domains and do a bit of research when reviewing your logs.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marked09
    I also receive this kinds of traffic to my website but I just ignore them. I wonder if it's harmful to SEO and I should start blocking them?
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  • Profile picture of the author CarloSeo
    The htaccess file won't have effect in this referrer since it never reaches your site. I won't do any harm to your SEO but it will do to your stats so it is recommendable to filter them in GA. You can find more about this kind of Spam here: http://www.warriorforum.com/search-e...ml#post9976643
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    • Profile picture of the author Adamw
      Originally Posted by CarloSeo View Post

      The htaccess file won't have effect in this referrer since it never reaches your site. I won't do any harm to your SEO but it will do to your stats so it is recommendable to filter them in GA. You can find more about this kind of Spam here: http://www.warriorforum.com/search-e...ml#post9976643
      Very useful thanks, I was wondering what was going on!
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  • Profile picture of the author epicstate
    Have you considered using cloudflare to act as a buffer? They have a free account and it blocks threats to your site.

    I got it for redirecting pages but the added benefit is speed and security as it filters crawlers, bots etc. no doubt there are users out there who can comment on this further than I can.
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  • This is just referral spam but I would highly suggest blocking it somehow. I read articles about it not really affecting websites but I know from experience that it can if it gets out of control.

    I had 2 niche sites that were on the front page of google and I just left them.. one day the rankings completely died and it was due to high amounts of referral spam. The spam was minimal then one week it just had a massive spike and took over everything. Images below

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    Filtering it in analytics will only stop it showing up but you still need to block it from hitting the site. I use cloud flare and that blocks around 80% of it.

    People say it won't affect SEO but they have probably never experienced that problem.... I have and it sucks, took months to rank my sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author nicolasmd2112
    I had the same problem a couple of years back.

    It ended up being the template that i was using. I downloaded it off of a sketchy third party site, which put all of these

    links in the theme itself. I had to find a new theme to use, so i just ended up buying one for around $50.
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    • Originally Posted by nicolasmd2112 View Post

      I had the same problem a couple of years back.

      It ended up being the template that i was using. I downloaded it off of a sketchy third party site, which put all of these

      links in the theme itself. I had to find a new theme to use, so i just ended up buying one for around $50.
      Have you had any since? It's usually the spam sites hitting random analytics codes on websites.
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      • Profile picture of the author nicolasmd2112
        Originally Posted by Franklin Hatchett View Post

        Have you had any since? It's usually the spam sites hitting random analytics codes on websites.
        Well i haven't been blogging lately, but from what i can remember, there a couple of sites that allows users to leave

        reviews of the template, so you should start there if you don't have the funds to buy a unique template. Buying unique

        themes usually takes them off of the shelves, so no one else can buy them.
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        • Originally Posted by nicolasmd2112 View Post

          Well i haven't been blogging lately, but from what i can remember, there a couple of sites that allows users to leave

          reviews of the template, so you should start there if you don't have the funds to buy a unique template. Buying unique

          themes usually takes them off of the shelves, so no one else can buy them.
          I'm all good I fixed mine what I meant was just keep an eye on it because it's usually from random spams getting sent to analytics codes so it might come back.
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    • Profile picture of the author webmonopoly
      Originally Posted by nicolasmd2112 View Post

      I had the same problem a couple of years back.

      It ended up being the template that i was using. I downloaded it off of a sketchy third party site, which put all of these

      links in the theme itself. I had to find a new theme to use, so i just ended up buying one for around $50.
      Oh boy, well my themes were downloaded free off the net as I was trying to save some money. I'm now thinking a complete re-vamp is needed?

      I've never seen this much spam traffic coming on any of my sites, Im getting like 40 visits per day coming in now.
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  • I've had this before to. Just ignore this traffic.

    Most of it is just junk traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author kk075
    My website was hacked about four months ago and I had to turn to the forum for advice on how to fight the continual brute force tactics off. So know that this is extremely common and that there are bots running rampant everywhere these days causing general mayhem. If hackers can gain access to sites like JP Morgan, Amazon and Wal Mart....then none of us are truly safe.

    What amazed me is how complex the hackers are these days. Within 48 hours, they added over 300 pages to my website in a directory I couldn't see, and then they built thousands of backlinks on reputable sites pointing to those articles....only the links weren't there. They were invisible, hidden in the code in other domains, yet the search engines were still counting them as legit. I actually had to disvow over 50 backlinks from PR7-9 sites with 90+ DA and PA plus thousands of others...but I was too scared to try and leave them there.

    I got everything cleaned up though and told Google to de-index all the spam pages, but the complexity of the hack absolutely amazed me. I had the #1 ranking on Google for keyphrases like "uses of levitra" and this process was obviously 100% automated, so there are folks out there spending weeks and weeks designing these hack scams. I was both envious and disgusted at the same time...so much wasted talent out there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rory Singh
    I know a blogger who was ranking for number one spot on page one of Google for a very profitable key word. His competitors were trying to manipulate his rankings by fabricating low value links all over the place pointing to his site.

    That's one of the worst things anyone can do to anyone else in the same niche or industry. Low down and dirty.

    Karma always bites them in the ass though.
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  • Profile picture of the author webmonopoly
    I'm going to just strip the child themes off all my sites and buy them. Or do you guys think that a script may have been run and could now be affecting deeper than this?
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  • Profile picture of the author webmonopoly
    UPDATE: looks like all of this may just be ghost spam and only affects analytics data.

    I did some research on the exact referers I'm having issues with and found plenty of other reporting the same all starting around this April.
    Stop the Spam from Adult-sites Referrals in Google Analytics | Ohow
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  • Profile picture of the author Slade556
    I would just use the disavow tool if this happened, you can't control which sites link to you, but you cn control whether their links will affect you or not.
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    • Profile picture of the author webmonopoly
      Originally Posted by Slade556 View Post

      I would just use the disavow tool if this happened, you can't control which sites link to you, but you cn control whether their links will affect you or not.
      Apparently its ghost traffic which doesn't actually even land on your site, but only messes with your analytics.

      Still wondering why all of sudden this started happening. It looks like it started this April for a lot of people.
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  • Profile picture of the author webmonopoly
    Found this other article: Stopping Google Analytics ghost referral spam | Digital Next

    Which kind of explains why I'm seeing this all of a sudden.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brent Stangel
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    The analytics I use (Clicky) is constantly blocking these refer-spam sites. They keep popping up new ones so it's an ongoing thing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rory Singh
    I found an article on this issue regarding referral spam: http://phishlist.com/free-share-buttons-com/
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  • Profile picture of the author Rory Singh
    These guys who are creating referral spam are hoping that you guys login into your Analytics account and make click through's to their site 'hoping' to get traffic from your curiosity.

    It's bogus traffic from a bunch of retards that are hoping to get FREE Traffic and maybe sales that way.

    This is how NOT to do Internet Marketing.
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  • Profile picture of the author DiamondArticles
    I think that these visitors can harm you. How: average time on site is 0 and noone wants 100% bonuce rate.

    I have same problem with site like sharing buttons ,humlngton post, guardlan ba bla.. spamers...
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    • Profile picture of the author webmonopoly
      Originally Posted by DiamondArticles View Post

      I think that these visitors can harm you. How: average time on site is 0 and noone wants 100% bonuce rate.

      I have same problem with site like sharing buttons ,humlngton post, guardlan ba bla.. spamers...
      They most likely don't because they are not landing on the website only skewing analytics stats.
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  • Profile picture of the author PamCheung
    Use these codes in your .htaccess file:

    # Block Referrer Spam
    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://.*best-seo-offer\.com/ [NC]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://.*free-share-buttons\.org/ [NC]
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ – [F,L]
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    • Profile picture of the author webmonopoly
      Originally Posted by PamCheung View Post

      Use these codes in your .htaccess file:

      # Block Referrer Spam
      RewriteEngine on
      RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://.*best-seo-offer.com/ [NC]
      RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://.*free-share-buttons.org/ [NC]
      RewriteRule ^(.*)$ - [F,L]
      This would be generally useless because the traffic is not even landing on the website. As mentioned above its only messing with the analytics data, known as ghost traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author PioneerPhil
    These spam sites KILL your bounce rate so make sure you filter them immediately in GA.

    Vitality was the one that started the ball rolling and now there are loads! Cheeky gits!
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