Blogs: Comment and Referral Spam 3

skull and crossbones icon signifying dangerIt's nice to know that friends read the blog. It's nice to know that websurfers the world over are directed to it when they search for an image or particular phrase.
biohazard warning sign red backgroundMay the joy of my life and the associated humour be spread far and wide, propagating out into the universe in ripples of laughter. But recently a new menace is threatening the benign cyber-chatters of the blogosphere: referrer spam. Overnight, 8 or 38 hits arrive from somewhere: traffic sources tell you it's Russia (maybe using a .tk suffix registered in the Pacific island state of Tokelau or the .pw suffix from Palau). The referring website is or or or or or
 or or or or or or or or or It's never Harry' So you visit these sites to find out who they are. (Don't ever visit the sites, if you have done, run a deep scan/quarantine)
virus attacking computer techUpon arrival, there's something tempting like unlimited torrent downloads, promises to scan your computer for viruses, or pictures of stripping girlies or cats falling down, and you think "Oh, that looks fun" and you click on it and invite worms, trojans and viruses into your computer and suddenly your credit card has been used in Nigeria, you're on the Interpol watch list and your computer is part of a botnet attacking the US State Department. Not to mention the endless popup adverts and redirections you'll get. Of course, you can't block them because that's the way the internet works. We make our blogs searchable precisely so people can read them. This means that the nasty malware distributor people can also see them. Google knows about them: eventually they block these pages but the net is a big place and it takes time so for now: just ignore them. (Writing 2 months later, most of them have gone silent, so be patient, just good ol' Domar pinging mercilessly). Perhaps they just want to sell you something (viral traffic making money online with easy profit bot) but dodgy sites are risky in too many ways, many are phishing for your money. Some may be almost legit - and and and - they're definitely trying to sell you stuff but it's still spam advertising, direct to you and targeting you specifically because they know you'll be curious and may click on their link in your stats. New thing is of numbers getting redirected from sensible-sounding websites. My #3 country for hits is Russia. I'm sure 90% of these are spam. So really I just discount the whole country when looking at my stats. It's a shame, but that's life for you. Seven out of ten of my "Referring URLs" are spamsites. What's the ****ing point? Basically, if 1% of people click on them, and 1% of them get conned into buying something, it's worth it for the spam advertisers.
It's a false hit, not a real statistic. And it's not just one, you can get 20 overnight. No human (or alien) is enriching his life by reading about my exploits: it's just some automated software bot trying to ensnare me for its own nefarious purposes. Go away, you big bag of poo, you're pointless and annoying and not the audience I hoped to reach. And a special greeting from England to all real people out there reading this. Why not leave a comment if you're a carbon-based life form. A special hello to the UAE, I used to live there and met the Sheikh of Sharjah (I still have his leopard skin) and welcome online Myanmar -  I hope your freedoms continue to improve.

You can't stop them. But you can ignore them. Don't visit the sites. You'll be fine.

Back to my Home Page:

Pointless pings I have met, we love you all!        How many have found you?

MY LIST AS AT 12 APRIL 2018    

(UPDATED WHENEVER I GET A NEW ONE) (phone monitoring app) art.php?id=907933
adpulse.go2cloud (redirect from (
Twitter trackbacks via -,, various -,,,
Money various -,
And those "special" sites that hide behind a string of digits..... (appearing as a redirect from 307492 (appearing as a redirect from          oh, look
e3401crfnbydbre5tdk--31htl.hop.clickbank (redirect from
e7f83eqofhr6co22hbg6nirf9i.hop.clickbank (redirect from
5aeaecmjkem53ufjsjgcf6xu86.hop.clickbank (redirect from
c490f8o7xi1aqmybfjnm1imcaz.hop.clickbank (redirect from or
9a2d60gmhhw5dm11uhpdufode1.hop.clickbank (redirect from blogspot&t=1355951840
Steve Finnell. He left a blog comment spam "You are invited to follow my blog" - he's an 'Keyboard Evangelist - religious maniac spreading holier-than-thou rubbish. Sorry, I'm an atheist.
Stvplyr. A fake spam follower whose blog is yet more religious fundamentalism. What a coincidence that my newest follower stvplyr joined an hour after I was spammed by Steve Finnell the cybergod-botherer.   (belarus)  (belarus)               unlicensed medication sites - Belarus   (lots of russian porn)    -   packets of 4 from Israel!, and friends (theobudgilo1982, quetipatme1970, throweblicad1986, elcasole1988, pertazesa1976, slipyljoiben1973, unanisby1984, tiohochciofar1987, bikybophos1978, oleneblet1983, saydiaslobna1984, fractinirep1985, heacunhofel1975, mauligede1974, triphcourtmingutt1976, paruppsludin1988, basobela1978, lenxsimemi1973, spirarpearen1988, kalkordgoldpa1977, dipucmontscen1976, closungrasop1978, ricenarrigh1988, acagcrasor1976, garmauvipe1976, onreucreamfic1973) -  (UKRAINIAN VIAGRA ADVERTS VIA GENUINE GERMAN CHAT SITE),,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
(YES, THE UKRAINIANS ARE BACK ON NPAGE),,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
 (THESE ARE FAKE REPLICA DESIGNER WATCHES AND HANDBAGS ETC) (various products) (russian ads for electronics) redirect/virus spam spam - Russian contract workman
xn----dtbffphh5aox7j.xn--p1ai    spy/malware!!              (wedding rings) (
Tom GAlo of Good if you want to pay a Vietnamese person to pretend to be you in an exam and advance your career but a fake follower, link-dropping your followers widget. (your website address here)       (AND MANY SIMILAR SUFFIXES)                  Russian porn from Croatia (Swedish!)  (Swedish) (Jim Picken's server)                  HAVE THEY GOT                  NOTHING BETTER                                          TO DO;u=2014961               ALL FROM                  THE                        UKRAINE;u=8588;u=143084;u=155857;u=93250;u=1201199;u=7852687
õåíòàé÷èê.su/no-censored get your own post           WILLY PILLS!$ (vast dating site rubbish)
*************FAR EAST SITEMAP SPAM, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Thailand, India etc ************   (unlicensed Viagra via Italian astronomy site) + your website URL here [your website name here] (referrals to) (referrals to)

$query.ref                    Busy bot from all over the world
these are just a few examples of the millions of apishops and mskshops
RUSSIAN ESSAY WRITERS   lol good old Russia Russian spelling error
Several of these sites are of naked ladies doing funny things. I'm only 11 so am not yet interested. Several of the more recent ones (current) are unlicensed medicines and dodgy pills, payday loans, pirated films etc.
Perhaps us bloggers are a breed apart. We're intensely private individuals, and yet (self-denial) choose to make our thoughts and lives public to the whole world via the great anonymizing randomizer that is the internet in a sort of proxy-orgy revelation. I could be a schoolchild in Penang, a life prisoner in Ohio, a researcher in McMurdo or a goat herder in the Takla Makan, and I'm sure many of us pretend to be someone else with a very different online persona. Our personality profiles may be of special interest to the spammers: our deep-seated interest in anyone who has an interest in us. We look back through the one-way mirror of statistical analysis and see who's watching us. Then we get stung for our troubles....this page is a copy of a copy, - I accidentally pasted the whole of a bad URL into its predecessor, the Russian spambots saw it and started bombarding the page with 50 hits a day. In the end I had to delete it and start again TWICE, losing the 100 or so comments from humans. The spamsites still bombard this page - ironic. Who knows what these sites want, I don't, because I don't go there. OK, it's mostly porn and dodgy product sites, as well as data-stealers and phishing outfits. may be helpful. But then it might not. Having seen all the rest of them annoying people, I'm less willing to trust new sites. BTW, there are other statcounters available that ignore spamsites. I quite like Blogger stats so I'm staying, but NiteCruzr of Blogger Help forum can show you other ways.
If you're getting 2000 hits a day from a particular site, it'll be spam. At the moment I'm getting spikes of spambot activity from Sweden, they ping my pages and give me hundreds of pointless hits every day. They'll stop. The 'Sitemap' spam is very strong, all from good old Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan etc. Sorry if you've been sent here by one of them.

If this post helped you, feel free to forward the link. The more of us that are aware of this rubbish, the better for all of us.

It took me a while to work this one out. The first times I saw them I thought "Oh, what a nice thing to say, I shan't visit their site because the link is obviously a sales pitch and I can't visit their blogger profile because they're anonymous, but nice comment anyway."
It was only when a few had built up I noticed the pattern. The comments were kind and promising, but generic and not actually relevant to what I'd written in the post that had been commented on. All were anonymous. All invited me to view their websites in poor english. Here are some of the comments, and a link-less list of the source websites so you can see what I'm talking about.

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Saved as a favorite, I like your site!
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  An outstanding share! I've just forwarded this onto a co-worker who has been conducting a little homework on this. And he actually ordered me breakfast simply because I stumbled upon it for him... lol. So allow me to reword this.... Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending the time to talk about this subject here on your site.
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See the pattern? Broken English, full of praise and promises but clearly not based on the actual post. I'm now getting the same old ones coming back round again.
No doubt they are designed to instil a benevolent feeling in you so you then visit their link with a kind and open heart. I also got a few comments of a different style but still designed to elicit a response:

  The next time I read a blog, I hope that it won't fail me just as much as this one. I mean, I know it was my choice to read through, but I actually thought you would probably have something interesting to talk about. All I hear is a bunch of complaining about something that you could possibly fix if you were not too busy seeking attention.
  Howdy! I know this is kind of off topic but I was wondering which blog platform are you using for this website? I'm getting sick and tired of Wordpress because I've had problems with hackers and I'm looking at alternatives for another platform. I would be great if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.
  After I originally left a comment I appear to have clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on each time a comment is added I receive four emails with the exact same comment. There has to be a way you are able to remove me from that service? Thank you!

Luckily, Blogger can see through this and mark them as spam. I still think it's quite funny, but still pointless. Plus they tend to target the same post repeatedly.
They can only do this because I've allowed anyone to comment, not asked people to do a CAPTCHA thing, so they don't mind commenting. I could simply put that back on and get no spam.
I don't know if they're purely advertisers or phishing / malware sites, and I'll never find out. Looking at the list, I can see another pattern - cheap loans, betting sites and a few random ones. Any of these guys been praising you?
Latest - "Thanks for share" (anonymous). But in the last letter there's a hidden link to (link-dropping)
They get a backlink to their site - it increases their google ranking and they come higher up in a google search. So they're just using you.
I also get a bewildering array of badly-worded fragments that appear to be the middle of an advert. Some contain mixtures of letters from other alphabets. Perhaps they are backlinks too, certainly makes me suspicious.

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  1. so is the traffic my blog gets from and and that stumbleupon one with the /su/ after it just referrer spam? It's disheartening. And even if it is, why do they bomb me with 2,000 bogus hits a day if I never click on them? Please help me as I know little about the web. I've been working on my blog for almost three years. BLOGGER offers basically no help.

    please help me. I really know little about the web

  2. lol, those comments are hilarious and pointless. I ended up using captcha from some time now because they were really annoying. Thanks for the informative post, many bloggers are unaware of the risks they take by cliking those silly links. And thanks for the list to those spam/malware sites you met!
    I also have had tons of "visits" from, (300 hits overnight at once!),, (and after the slash the name of my own blog! how the heck they do that?), (etcetera),,


  4. That was a really insightful post. I am happy to have read it and I look forward to more information you may have in the future. Keep up the good work!


    But no seriously, thanks for writing this....I saw a few of the culprits on your list that I have seen on my stats...smh...just when you think you are special...LOL!

  5. New to this Blogging thing (started blogging this past week) and slowly learning I too have had fake visits from one of the sites you list (that's what brought me here, couldn't understand why I was being visited ... you can't even find me on Google yet) How do they find you so fast?

    I guess with the comment it a way to get people to go to there page...... I have seen people "link drop" by making a simple period linkable

  6. whooaa.. what a list #shocked
    this is what i need, i just need to block them in webmaster..hohoho
    is there any update?? they always send me fake traffic. and thanks to you that you list them up.

  7. Robot invasion! Something spooky about it always. Weird World Web. What's weirder, the illusion that we see or this cyber space malarkey? Just learning of this myself, oh, nothing's ever simple.

  8. Yikes, I just got back on the saddle with my blogs (I was never too familiar with traffic and comments anyway) but I noticed the ip address one in my traffic ( decided to do a quick google search and got this post in one of the results. Extremely helpful information you got here, will definitely do a bit of research into this and post this on my blog, with a link to this. Thanks!

  9. Looking for explanation and solution for these unidentifiable and annoying spamsites that hit my counter i visited your blog. Thanks for your research and information. Pity though that there is still no tool or solution to get rid of them or block them. But then, on the other hand we only notice their existance if we look at our statistics.

  10. I went and visited xolodremont [dot] ru and it looks like an appliance repair business in Moscow. SO, if you are curious about who that is... There is no need to visit, unless you need a refrigerator fixed and you live in Moscow... and YES, they have increased their visits a lot because I clicked on their link...

  11. thank you my blog stat {}

  12. Thank you for sharing this information to us. I just setup my blog and i receive all lot of the stat from russia in a day. I suspect it might come from using their rating widget at (i just realize it probably own by russian). If you know about this please revert to me. Thank you again. :)


Hi! I'm glad you want to comment, for I like messages from humans. But if you're a Robot spam program, Google will put you in the spam folder for me to laugh at later.