Puzzling inbound links

by Martin Avis 6 replies
I was just perusing the AWStats for one of my sites and found that in the section 'Links from an external page (other web sites except search engines)' there are lots of inbound links being reported from some highly undesireable sites.

We are talking serious porn sites.

Needless to say, I'm not linking to them! In fact, on this particular blog, other than a few links (mainly to IM products) withing the text of some posts, there are no link lists or blogroll lists at all.

Comments are also turned off and Askimet has caught nothing.

So why, I wonder, would so many foul sites see fit to link to me? What possible advantage would they get from it?

Neither Google or Yahoo report any of these links - they only show up in AWStats.

Can anyone shed any light?

Martin
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  • Profile picture of the author adamv
    I'm not sure why this happens but it has happened to me too. When I check my stats I see inbound links from a couple of hardcore porn sites.

    My site is not a blog either but a static website that sells my art work (G-rated art) and instructional DVDs.
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    Originally Posted by Martin.Avis View Post

    So why, I wonder, would so many foul sites see fit to link to me? What possible advantage would they get from it?

    Neither Google or Yahoo report any of these links - they only show up in AWStats.

    Can anyone shed any light?

    Martin
    Hi Martin,

    This is an old and common issue.

    It's similar to guestbook spamming.

    They're hacking your Awstats to get links to their sites in your referrer logs.

    I used to know all about this and how it's done when I has heavily into seo but it's been a while and I can't remember the specifics.

    Basically it's just link spamming to help with their seo.

    Andy
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    nothing to see here.

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