I've been reading on Google Analytics earlier today and correlated the guide with the gathered so far. While at it, I noticed a specific website* that has been funneling quite a chunk of referrals to my hubs. Being a new hubber, I was initially quite pleased and interested and I thought that maybe a link got posted somewhere referring to a hub of mine. I investigated the website, and as I search it, for some reason several terms such as "spam referral" came out. As I read, it seems that is was a new site designed to spam links to your domain, and what is alarming about it is that it has the effect that makes Google attribute the spam as backlinks to your site/hubpage. There are a lot of similar sites like these as well as I checked the Analytics traffic.
I'm wondering if this is a known issue and commonly resolved. Is anyone familiar with these "spam referral" sites? How do you guys go about it? and/or how dangerous is it with the reputation of the hub page to Google?
*I opted not to put the website name here, I'm not so sure if it is against the rules. LOL.
Please put the website name, just don't make it a clickable link: thisisthesite.com
Here is the website:
And there are the sources which refer to them as referrer spam:
It seems that the sites have been up for just 3 days. Maybe this is something to watch out for, its impact-- I'm not sure. That's why I opted to check with you guys, since you have lots of articles hence more data to check on.
It appears that this is a group in Russia which operates under many URLs and it has been suggested that they are displaying webpages in iframes and then directing them to advertising sites. In fact, when you put the URL for blackhatworth.com in your browser, it redirects to a shopping site. If you put the URL for the host in your browser, it redirects to a shopping site which puts malware on your computer.
Maybe the staff will block their access to HP. If you start a discussion in this forum category, the staff will see it on Monday:
Just tell them to refer to this forum thread and to this:
http://www.cradlecloud.com/ban-block-bl … -referrals
This is a great question, one I've been wrestling with for awhile; because one of my sites gets a lot of referrer traffic. Matt Cutts has said it's just people trying to get you to click on the link, so they can drive traffic to their sites and you can just ignore it.
One of the refferals I get on one of my sites is actually a google ads link, and people on the Web speculate it's our own advertisers trying to drive traffic to our sites. Don't know. The traffic I get from that google ad referrer, though, is quite a bit and they stay on the page for a significant amount of time.
Of course, blackhatworth sounds pretty shady.
You can block the refferer in Analytics if you feel it's skewing stats too much.
Why did all of you just give the spammer website half a dozen valid backlinks in the forum? Wasn't it obvious from Writer Fox's post that you had been given wrong instructions, because a live link was created there?
Stop writing their name with the dot com attached.
by Audrey Hunt 4 years ago
How Do I Submit A New Website Name to Search Engines?I'm not the brightest book in the library, so please give me step-by-step information. Really appreciate any help you can offer me.
by kinjalbrijesh 7 years ago
What would be my website name on google adsence application if only want to publish on hubpages?
by Kelly Kline Burnett 7 years ago
I like the new website name with my profile name but I am wondering IF we are hurting ourselves by being so diverse with our topics. Wouldn't Google prefer a travel.hubpages.com to an unknown such as me gmagoldie.hubpages.com? Isn't the topic the real item of interest? We have the...
by Sherry Hewins 11 months ago
I knew it couldn't be that good forever, but I am concerned that it's Healdove that seems to be getting hit.
by shinujohn2008 9 years ago
My adsense account white list has got some Proxy sites displaying my adsense id. http://server11.kproxy.comhttp://exabits.infohttp://w2.hidemyass.comWhat is the benefit for people using proxy sites. Invalid clicks? Do they think that proxy sites really hide their IP's. Then i am sure Hubbers around...
by Ray 2 years ago
Curious: Do you have multiple accounts, because your profile shows 68 hubs. I took a lot of mine and moved them. I let what I have left sit til it goes idle then I take remove it. I have over 80 articles, new ones, that are not published here, but elsewhere. Earnings are less than 2 bucks a month....
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|