Referrer spam is a nuisance – it skews your website stats so that you can no longer see accurate useful information such as how many people are visiting your site, where your visitors are located, how long they have spent on a particular page and what devices they are using. It can also effect your rankings in Google’s search engine results pages (SERPs).
This section describes how to install the plugin and get it working.
- Upload block-referers folder to the
- Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress
- Navigate to Block Referers menu page and insert the site URLs you wish to block.
- What is a referrer?
The HTTP referrer is a HTTP header field that is sent when a browser goes from one page to another. When a user clicks a link, the user’s browser makes a request to the server that holds the desired web page. That request includes the HTTP referrer field, which identifies the last page that the user was on when they clicked the link.
This information is useful for website owners because it allows them to see where their traffic originates from. You can either view the data in your server web logs or with a service like Google Analytics.
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- Initial release.