Awstats question

Hi,

I am not sure if this is the right forum for this question, please move it if it doesn’t belong to here.

On the awstats statistics page of one of my websites, in the “Connect to site from” section, there is a list of “Links from an external page (other web sites except search engines)”. The sites listed here have no relation with my site and obviously they don’t have any links to my site either. Most of them are Russian (.ru) sites and I have no idea why they are shown in this list. What could be the reason?

They are really just spam inks that are hoping you will click on them. Just don’t touch them. There’s nothing you can do about them, so far as I know, but I understand it’s best not to click on them, as that only encourages them to do it more.

Thanks Ralph, but how can they appear on my Awstats report? This is what I don’t understand. Do they run some sort of spider scripts that visit websites all around?

Those sort of links can (mostly) be ignored, they are spammers faking the REFERAL that is sent to the webserver in an attempt to gain some back links from publically available stats. (I assume your stats are private)

Simple answer, ignore them.

More complex answer, find out where they came from and firewall them if you really want to get rid of them.