Once again, I am dealing with trackback spam, aka referrer spam. Since firsttube.com records the pages that refer hits to us, I’ve had to deal with jerks who issue HTTP requests so that they get a link back. Too bad they don’t realize that every referrer gets a rel=”nofollow” attribute (more here).
So, I had to issue these SQL statements to the database today:
DELETE FROM user_agent_table WHERE (referrer LIKE 'http://mp3%' OR referrer LIKE '%mp3.com%') DELETE FROM user_agent_table WHERE referrer LIKE '%musicforum.org%'
Musicforum.org has some asshole posting all sorts of links that pass a GET variable with a firsttube.com URL in it, which appears to do nothing other than ping the page. So, effective immediately, we run a regex validator on referrers and will be doing a more frequent clean up.
Hear that spammers? Take your crap elsewhere.