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    Hello,

    I have recently noticed on several of my sites stats some unusual urls in my AW Stats "Links from an external page". On going to these urls I find they are blank pages but they include ShareASale ID's. I'm wondering if this is some sort of link hijacking which I often hear about?

    here are a couple of these urls and if you check the source code you will see what I mean. "cell-free-phone.eoltt dot com" & "freee-cell-phone dot com" (I have used "dot com" instead of .com so the link doesn't get picked up)

    Has anyone else noticed links like these ?

    What do you make of this and what should I do about it if it is link hijacking?

    thanks

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    Curious, are the SAS ID's in Awstats clickable links?

    If there's a number, do a search for the number at MSN Search.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworker
    Curious, are the SAS ID's in Awstats clickable links?

    If there's a number, do a search for the number at MSN Search.
    hi webworker, No as there are no SAS ID's in the stats, the stats only show the urls which I posted in my first message. The urls are clickable within the stats though.


    What type of number do you mean? The only number I can think of is the SAS ID which is on the webpage (hidden in the source code) as I described in first post.

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    glinted:

    The pages are not blank, but rather framed.
    The source code shows this and then the one line link to the SAS.

    Looks like stats spam as mentioned in this thread here.
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    So this is just trash sites doing this so seo's see links in my logs to them as I understand it so it looks like they have incoming links?

    Well I hope the managers at ShareASale can check the ID's used and deal with them appropriately for spamming and misusing the network.

    I'm very suspicious that this is some type of link hijacking since the SAS ID's are hidden in the source code and the sites of mine that this happens to seems to be the ones that use mainly ShareASale Merchants.

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    I'm sure Brian will be interested to hear about this...
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    I don't have AWSTATS.. but I get a lot of requests for files included in AWSTATS..

    /cgi-bin/awstats.pl
    /awstats/awstats.pl
    /awstats.pl/awstats.pl
    /awstats.pl


    every single time I buy a domain and get it pointed the first thing that is requested usually is all the AWSTATS stuff from an unknown source...

    It makes me think that the AWSTATS software is either full of bugs or full of hackers trying to access private areas of my site...

    Because of this... I would never install AWSTATS..

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    you can set a password for awstats as well so maybe that would stop some of that?

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    Noth:
    I'm sure Brian will be interested to hear about this...
    Have you contacted SAS with this issue?

    I'm sure Brian could look up the aff # and action could be taken.
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