Blocking HTTP Referer Spam


If you are running a high traffic website, you know how painful referrer spam can be. Primarily, it messes up with your analytics, wastes your server resources among some other nonsense. Here’s how you can fix this issue on Nginx web server

From your analytics website, get the top referer URLs that are spamming your website and just add ‘em to the blacklist in nginx config file and verify if they are in fact being blocked using something like curl --referer ... as shown below: