It’s a real pain without a good solution.I’ve been fighting a battle with referral spam over the past few weeks.
Referral spam is when a website sends lots of bogus traffic to your site in order to show up in your site analytics. They hope that you are excited and want to see the site that is sending you tons of new traffic, so you click through to the referrer website.
Also called referrer spam, this concept started with websites that sold services to website owners. It was a way to get visits from ideal prospects.
This type of spam is a major nuisance for a couple reasons. First, it messes up your analytics so that it becomes difficult to tell how well you’re really doing. Second, it uses hosting and services resources. I hit my traffic limit on Woopra (a live stats system) during the last billing cycle because of the spam.
On a typical business day, Domain Name Wire gets about 250-500 visitors per hour during working hours. Sometimes now I’m getting a couple thousand visits per hour for a couple hours at a time. Click here to continue reading…