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Why are there porn sites and Russian langauge retail sites in the "Referring Sites" for a blog?

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Why are there porn sites and Russian langauge retail sites in the "Referring Sites" for a blog? justkurt 11/27/10 7:44 PM
My wife has a blog that is mostly  concerned with family pics and work-life issues. The Google Analytics  however, show a variety of x-rated and Russian-language sites in her "Referring Sites" list. Does anyone know why these types of sites would show up in her site stats?
Re: Why are there porn sites and Russian langauge retail sites in the "Referring Sites" for a blog? Brian Katz - CP 11/27/10 11:20 PM
Is her blog on her own domain (eg www.wifesowndomainname.com?

Alternatively is it on a subdomain of a hosted blog or in a folder of a larger domain she does not control(eg wifesblog.blogger.com)

Brian
Re: Why are there porn sites and Russian langauge retail sites in the "Referring Sites" for a blog? Martijn Beijk 11/28/10 11:41 AM
these referring sites have are just a spam mechanism so you are attracted to visit their website because they show up in your reports. no actual referrer link is probably on the website. This spam technique is one of the many, others include having other websites generating pageviews for your domain on other domains by just referring to your UA code and triggering the pageviews. You can set up a filter to not include requests/pageviews any other then issued on your own domain. 


Re: Why are there porn sites and Russian langauge retail sites in the "Referring Sites" for a blog? Brian Katz - CP 11/29/10 8:04 AM
Good to know Martijn

The correct filter to use is a custom filter:
Field:Hostname
Pattern:example.com
case sensitive:no

where example.com is your sites domain name only.

Brian
Re: Why are there porn sites and Russian langauge retail sites in the "Referring Sites" for a blog? davidsculbertson 6/8/11 5:03 PM
I know this is old, but I think I've found another possible cause for such sites to appear as referrers. One of my clients is a hotel that provides free wi-fi access. Each month, I consistently a handful of referred visits from a hard-code porn site. I dug deeper and for 100% of the visits, the landing page is their Wi-Fi access intercept page. In this case, I suspect that Google reads the network's redirect to the intercept page as a referral.

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