If you are any kind of a geek, you’ll be checking your web site’s access_log on a semi-regular basis to get an idea of who is linking to you. Call it an ego trip if you must but, of late, it has become a little more annoying.
You see, spammers have started “referer spamming” (sic) where they spam your referRer logs with URLs that don’t really link to your site in order to get link backs, con people into visiting the URLs, or hopefully find some sites that publish their web site log stats/analysis.
I know it is tempting to believe that jennaloveshack.com or somesuch loves to link to your pages, but this really screws up the logs. And, so I have taken to firewalling the offenders and it is proving remarkably effective. So for your perusing pleasure, the “bad guys” list provided in PeerGuardian format (which I convert to ipfw firewall rules):
|Link Referrer Spammer:22.214.171.124-126.96.36.199
Care Initiatives linkref spammer 123gotcash:188.8.131.52-184.108.40.206
Possible linkref spammer:220.127.116.11-18.104.22.168
Hacked / scanner machine:22.214.171.124-126.96.36.199
whois.sc / nameintelligence “bot” ref spam:188.8.131.52-184.108.40.206
catagoryhound.com linkspamming their own service:220.127.116.11-18.104.22.168
Since I added firewalling to those networks/ips, my referer log is much cleaner and my irregular ego boost can continue largely uninterrupted.