This article is MUCH too advanced for somebody who doesn't already know what referer spam is. Details are fine but how about a less technical explanation as well?
- I moved the tech stuff to a separate subsection. It is completely focused on the Apache server, though. Is that NPOV?
- --184.108.40.206 19:16, 19 December 2005 (UTC)
Couldn't rel=nofollow be used for this? Thavron 17:19, 3 May 2006 (UTC)
Re: NPOV... Apache is by far the most common... I wouldn't call it NPOV (since this is not an article about web serving software), just incomplete because there's no IIS guru to suggest how to handle it in IIS. --Code65536 23:53, 19 July 2006 (UTC)
Re: RewriteEngine... I personally would not use the RWE for this, simply because not everyone has it turned on, and a more universal (and also easier to read/parse) solution would be to use SetEnvIfNoCase (I'll change it) --Code65536 23:53, 19 July 2006 (UTC)
When this technique was first being used, and shortly later publicised on 09/11/2003, it was utilized to popularize a not-for-profit blog operated by a person who has not used that blog to make money but rather rant about politics and whatever else. The technique originally targeted Apache Server Statistics pages that linked back to the referer, NOT blogs or blogrollers, although it rapidly became apparent that the majority of accumulated pagerank came from bloggers with links that actually appeared on real websites that human beings actually used. This was unfortunate because the author of the technique intended only to create an automated googlebomb that would not interfere with any human beings perception of the web, merely public record server logs that for the most part nobody other than Googlebot ever looked at in the first place. This information is presented firsthand from a developer for the purposes of history and to present perspective to future authors editing this page. 220.127.116.11 01:09, 31 March 2007 (UTC)
This is Wikipedia, not the Apache user's guide. That stuff is useful but doesn't really belong on this page. I'm deleting it, but it'll still be in the history if someone finds a more appropriate place for it (most likely in an actual Apache user's guide). 18.104.22.168 (talk) 07:28, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
Recent referer spam
This article seems to mix old occurrences of referrer spam (2006-2008) with recent ones (2014-2015). I think the current referrer spam it not targeted at search engines anymore (spamdexing) but targeted towards webmasters. One evidence of this is that a lot of referrer spam websites are promoting SEO tools or SEO related help. 22.214.171.124 (talk) 17:10, 14 May 2015 (UTC)
+1 with your remark. When I wrote this blog article: https://piwik.org/blog/2015/05/stopping-referrer-spam/ I read Wikipedia and was surprised by this. Here is what I wrote in the article instead:
The benefit for spammers is that their website will appear in analytics tools like Piwik or Google Analytics:
- public analytics reports (or logs) will be indexed by search engines: links to the spammer’s website will improve its ranking
- curious webmasters are likely to visit their referrers, thus bringing traffic to the spammer’s website