Combatting Referrer Spam

By Deane Barker on February 27, 2005

Referer Spam Redux: A nice little wrap-up of ways to combat referrer spam, which is wicked annoying. I think it’s so annoying because they count on the nacissism of someone checking or displaying their referrer logs, and we usually live up to their expectations.

Personally, I’m fed up with them. I don’t have my referral URLs available to the public anywhere, but the spammers don’t seem to care and continue to hit my site with their sites as the referer. It wasn’t bad for a while, but as I took measures to stop them, they increased their efforts. At one point this last weekend, they were hitting the same page 20 times per second, basically DDoSing my site.

The site includes a link to the subtly named utility: Referrer Spam F**ker 3000.