WordPress Wednesday: How to Stop Referral Spam

Bonjour, Blogger! WordPress Wednesday: How to Stop Referral Spam

Time for another WordPress Wednesday! Weekly tips for new and established self-hosted WordPress users, designed to help you get the most out of your site from Sarah, a WordPress website developer.


How to Stop WordPress Referral Spam

I’ve been seeing it more and more lately – websites in my referrers that don’t have a link to my website. So what’s going on? How can I be getting referral clicks from a site that doesn’t even link to me?

Short answer: I’m not. There’s been a raft of spam referrers going around lately, playing the sneaky game of pretending to be a referrer in order to get traffic to their websites. Pretty rude, right? Not only are you not getting clicks but they’re also messing up your referral statistics. Boo!

Thankfully there’s a quick and simple way to stop it from happening. You’ll need to install the free plugin WP-Ban for this one.

The two most prevalent spam referrers I’ve come across are best-seo-offer.com and buttons-for-your-website.com (I mean, they even sound super spammy, right?). This trick won’t kill 100% of their referral antics, but it should at least slow it right down.

Once you’ve installed WP-Ban you’ll be able to access it under the Settings link in the sidebar.Screen Shot 2015-06-09 at 15.54.32

Just enter the domain names that you want to ban in the Banned Referers box, save the changes and you should start to see less of theme popping up!

  • Jennifer

    Thank you so much for this tip. I’ve been seeing that “best seo offer” website in my stats for some time now but wasn’t sure what I could do about it.

    June 10, 2015 at 4:31 pm Reply
  • Sophie

    Ah praise be!! They are SO annoying – I’m getting this ASAP!

    June 12, 2015 at 11:14 am Reply
  • Chelsea @ The Johnsons Plus Dog

    Thank you for sharing!! I’m installing the plug-in now!

    July 24, 2015 at 4:57 am Reply

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