How to block referrer spam in Wordpress
Yep ... We all want our websites to be noticed. It makes us happy when other websites link to our articles.
Referral spammers will take advantage of this desire by sending fake referrer URLs with automated scripts to thousands of websites.
These URLs will appear in your tracking report (Google Analytics or any other tracking service) as referrers ... and can lead you to click on malicious websites.
And most likely, you will want to explore these sites when you see them in your referral report.
And yes, ... some experts will say that referrer spam is quite harmless unless you click on the links. Which is nonsense ... Why do you have those reports if you don't use them?
But, let’s assume that you won’t click on those links ...
Well, there are still other downsides ...
First of all, if you are small or medium sized website and not a huge, well-established site with tens of thousands of daily visitors, then referrer spam will ruin your sites analytics reports showing you basically false, unreal data entries.
Not to mention, that you could decide to sell your website ... And when you'll share those reports with your interested buyers, these spam links will definitely leave a bad impression on them ...
This is why I've created this short tutorial where I will show you how easy is to effectively block WordPress referrer spam using a plugin and Google Analytics.
Let's do this!