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12:43 pm
November 17, 2011


New Delhi, India


posts 34

While looking data in Links from an external page in awstats, we found lot many sites as refferer where we do not have any link. When visited those sites we have not found any traces of links from those websites


Most of the sites are either pron sites or products related sites. I fail to understand how these sites are getting into awstats referrer lists

Here is Sample




and more


Please help me in resolving this issue


Deepak Gupta

12:57 pm
November 17, 2011



posts 1125

Hi Deepak,

This is known as "referrer spamming".

Some sites (often illegal sites) use robots that simulate visits by user. These "visitors" to your website send a dummy referrer pointing to the spamming site. The result is that the address of these sites appears in your lists of referrers ("Connect to site from") and you will eventually visit the spamming site.

Some websites publish their lists of referrers which make them particularly attractive to referrer spammers. As I don't want to help them, I edited the URLs in your post.

9:10 am
November 18, 2011


New Delhi, India


posts 34

Hi Jean


Thanks for your response. Please let me know what I need to do tostop these kind of spamming


Deepak Gupta

4:35 pm
November 18, 2011



posts 1125


You cannot effectively stop them. They are annoying, but they will not impact the performance of your site.

AWStats allows you to exclude some referrers from the list, but the problem is that the addresses of these spamming sites change all the time. If you want to use this function, you will have to spend a lot of time keeping your list up to date.

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