Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Vampire Stat...a warning

As with all new bloggers, we get super excited when we see our page views rising and we're eager to see where these views are coming in from. Without thinking most of us (myself included) will click on the site to see who it is and how they're sending traffic through to our blog, heck we want to thank them for doing so! Turns out, there are some traffic sources we really shouldn't go investigating!

Lately I've noticed my traffic rising *insert happy dance* and I've been really keen on seeing where my visitors are coming from (HI to all you new lovely readers!). So of course I've gone investigating my traffic sources but one in particular sent my spidey senses tingling...Vampie Stat. Don't ask me what digital deity intervened but for some reason I didn't click the link, I googled the site instead...oh jeez.

Vampire Stat on the blogger stats page
The first 4 links on Google all said the same thing, 'avoid this link'. Turns out it's bad! Not only are the hits fake *cries*, but clicking through to the website can lead to all kinds of nasty pop ups, viruses and other computer killing nasties.

They've got some sort of algorithm that trawls the likes of Twitter and Facebook, targeting your posts about new blog updates. They then visit your site multiple times in the hope that the poor unsuspecting blogger clicks their link and BOOM, they've got you.

So please bloggers, don't click the link! Vampire Stat isn't the only one out there, others include;
  • Adsense watchdog
  • Villianstat
  • Monsterstat
  • ontimemarketing
  • 7secretsearch..adsensewatchdog!#sthash.IaQPAVdA.dpuf
     7 Secret Search
    7secretsearch..adsensewatchdog!#sthash.IaQPAVdA.dpuf
 There is still some good news - they can't harm your blog, your Google page rank or your Ad sense earnings. Don't worry about continuing to advertise your blog, tweet about new posts and plaster it all over Facebook (just not too much or you'll really start to annoy people!). Just don't click the link, the blogger is the only person who can see it, not your readers or followers, they're all safe and sound!

If in doubt about a traffic source, Google it first!

If you know of any other sites like the ones above be sure to let me know in the comments and I'll add them to the list above! 


30 comments:

  1. Urgh! These situations are so annoying! I've had a few days of receiving "views" from some of these sites and it's so frustrating!

    x

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  2. yeah me too. i received like, 500 views in a day and ALL of it is from vampirestat. and the Adsense watchdog gave me 100+ views wtf.

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  3. My spidey sense clicked in as well and I thought to google it first. And saw lots of posts like yours saying DON'T! I'm so glad I did! Thank you.

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  4. Argh... I've pushed that Vampire thing more than once.
    Thanks for the warning. I wondered why I had traffic.

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  5. I thought if I didn't click their link, they would eventually leave me alone. But vampirestat is in full force today..bleh! Plus, heads up, these two are also spammers: 7secretsearch..adsensewatchdog!

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    1. Thanks for the warnings, I'll add them to the list in the main post!

      Sarah :)

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  6. Eeeek! I've gone and clicked it! Now worrying about the lifespan of my computer.

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    1. Just run your computers virus scan to be sure nothing nasty has found its way into your system and be sure to avoid clicking it in the future :)

      Sarah :)

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  7. Great, just when you think people are actually visiting your blog, you find out that, of course, they are not.

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    1. Its really frustrating but at least we know what it is now!

      Sarah :)

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  8. Thanks for the help with this, I was a bit confused! I've also got a couple of hits from savegco-antivir that look a bit dodgy...

    http://shoulditbebought.blogspot.co.uk/

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  9. I'm glad you've found this helpful! My general rule of thumb now is that if the link isn't a google, twitter, bloglovin or a dot com blog then I don't click it, it's just not worth the risk. A lot of the scam sites have really obvious looking names, mixed with abbreviations, numbers or even misspellings so if it includes any of them - stay clear!

    Sarah :)

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  10. The truth is once sites like Vampirstat latch on, whether or not you've hit their link to see what it is, they're there for good. Referrer spam is almost impossible to get rid of. Ones only hope is that Google finally gets up off their a** and does something about it. We'll just have to wait.
    I find it interesting that no one as yet have found out who Vampirestat are. If we could it may be possible to go after them ourselves.

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    1. Very true. Since they started showing up on my blog they've never left, and some days they're hitting me ten fold! It's really annoying when you're keeping an eye on your page views. Hopefully Google will get onto it and sort it out for us someday, but it's the internet after all and something just as malicious is likely to come along and quickly take it's place.

      Sarah :)

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  11. Yeah... we should spread this info. Not all bloggers know about this especially newbies. Anyway, I got hit from vampirestat as well and it bothers me that there's nothing I can do to block them.

    http://ezelovesse7en.blogspot.com/2013/12/those-annoying-referrer-spams-will.html

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    1. The more bloggers who hear about this the more that will hopefully not end up clicking the nasty links!

      Sarah :)

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  12. Your such a pet! Thankyou for this, I had no idea and I was constanty clicking on vampire stat, fortunately I have a mac :)

    http://itsmegsmind.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I'm not sure if Macs are any more protected against these malicious sites than other platforms. I'd still run a virus scan etc to be sure your Mac is safe!

      Sarah :)

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  13. Thank you for this info! I unfortunately clicked on the link yesterday to investigate and thought it was strange. We are going to do a maintenance clean-up of our computer now to hopefully clean out any damage done but this connection to the site.

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    1. Doing a virus scan and pc clean up is a great idea. Also having up to date anti-virus on your pc is a great way to insure you are 100% protected. If you've got decent enough anti-virus this should hopefully stop any malware from the site getting onto your pc!

      Sarah :)

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  14. nice post..

    i think all blogger had the same problems as you, spammer site that visiting every post that we've create.
    unfortunately i did click it, just once... -_-"

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    1. The traffic from these spammer sites really fluctuates on my blog. I get a little something daily from them, sometimes the visiting count is in single figures, other times it's in double. I try to pay no attention to it now, other than subtracting from my overall daily visitor count! I have noticed that when this particular blog post sees a rise in traffic - vampire stat visitings go up for a day or two!

      Sarah :)

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    1. As long as you didn't click around the site it took you to you should be ok! Run a virus scan to be sure nothing nasty got onto your computer!

      Sarah :)

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  16. Devised a technique to get rid off these bots completely and it worked for me lol. Not a single visit for the past 5 months

    http://www.digitallyblind.com/2013/07/how-to-control-visits-from-referring.html

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    1. Not clicking these links in the first place is the best thing we can do. I've noticed that the hits form these sites goes up and down all the time, no rhyme or reason to it really as I know I only ever clicked the link ONCE almost a year ago! I've had a few people tell me that they've never clicked these sites and still get a ton of hits from them. So frustrating!

      Sarah

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  17. Great post! I felt like you, intrigued by this link but I didn't click on it. I'm happy I didn't :)

    Jasmine xx For a Real Woman

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    1. I'm so glad you didn't click the link! Thanks for stopping by!

      Sarah :)

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  18. I know vampirestat very well and i was about checking my site worth on their page. i need to be more careful now. Thanks for the post

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    1. Glad it's helped you out!

      Sarah :)

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