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Re: [vox] [OT] reffering sites

My best guess, SEO (Search Engine Optimization).
Some bots crawl the web and spoof being a link followed from another
site in order to get into your web logs which they then hope might be
publicly exposed and scanned by major search engines. The search engine
in it's simplicity doesn't know your analysis page isn't a real content
page and assumes you back linked to that site, increasing the total
number of sites linked to the perpetrator. In theory raising the
likelihood their site comes up in web searches.

There's another common variant, the websites that are nothing but links
to other websites surrounded by ads.

As long as your site logs aren't public don't worry about it too much.
Also don't bother visiting most of them, because your visit is probably
earning them money from ad views (another possible motive).


On 01/11/2013 12:27 PM, jimbo wrote:
> Greetings ladies and gentlemen:
> I have a hosting company host my web site:
> http://evesautomotive.com
> Anyways, it has what you call CPanel.  It lets me see referring sites as 
> well as logging/analyzing of traffic and a slew of other unrelated things. 
> I check to see who is referring me and find a lot of UK sites doing this. 
> So I go to these sites and find no link to mine, even in source code.  I 
> have been denying these sites left and right but new ones keep coming.  I 
> talked to my hosting company, inmotion hosting, and asked why this was 
> happening but they didn't have an answer.  I chatted live with a  person 
> which he/she said even the manager didn't know how this was happening.
> So here I am asking this group.  I know that some of the smartest minds are 
> within this group.  My main questions are why are these sites doing this and 
> how are they doing it?
> I understand that no one can know everything.  I am a mechanic for 25 years 
> and although I know a lot I certainly don't know everything about cars. 
> Maybe this is  why I got the answer that I did.  At least they didn't BS me.
> Jimbo
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