Malicious referral links are targeting Google Analytics data

Malicious referral links are targeting Google Analytics data

If you’re a webmaster, website owner, or someone responsible for monitoring Google Analytics data you are probably familiar with referrer spam and have seen it before. For those who don’t know, referrer spam is a desperate SEO tactic that mostly mistrustful websites employ to gather web visitors and potentially create customers. Referrer spam sends traffic bots and crawlers or fake ghost-links to your  Google Analytics account. It makes it appear as if visitors were referred to your website from another website even though they weren’t.

malicious referral links

Referrer spam typically bolsters programs, browser plugins, social media buttons, hosting websites, SEO websites, and other online tech-related content that essentially targets people who own websites, maintain website data, and have access to Google Analytics data. However, we have been noticing over the past few weeks that malicious referral links are targeting Google Analytics data. The malicious referral links forward people who visit them through an advertising platform domain and then to the actual full-page advertisement on another website.

Referral links to malicious advertisements

Some of the malicious referral links will direct you to advertisements that promote rogue programs, survey-scams, steaming movies, and more. You might even be directed to tech-support scam websites that try to ambush you into believing that your computer is infected with malware so that you will call a rogue tech-support telephone number for help. Other websites that you can be directed to will attempt to phish personal information from you.

It is recommended to avoid malicious referrer spam links that appear in your website’s Google Analytics data. Do not visit the malicious links in your browser and try to use different methods to block the spam from appear in your data. If you have visited a malicious referral link we suggest that you scan your computer with reputable security programs like Malwarebytes or Norton Internet Security in order to locate and remove any threats and block malicious links and programs from affecting your computer in real time.

How to display recent posts on WordPress pages

How to display recent posts on WordPress pages

There are many ways to display recent posts on WordPress pages without using bulky plugins and default features that cause headaches and slow down your website. There are also different options you can use to embed certain WordPress posts. For example, you can display recent posts in a list, display recent posts in a drop-down menu, and you can even display all WordPress posts if you wish to.

The PHP codes below can be added into your WordPress template pages and files in order to display recent WordPress posts on certain pages.

Display recent posts in a list

<?php get_archives('postbypost', '30', 'custom', '', '<br />'); ?>

The above PHP snippet will allow you to display 30 recent posts. To change the amount of recent posts to display, simply change the 30 to any number.

Display recent posts per day(s)

<?php wp_get_archives('type=daily&limit=15'); ?>

The above PHP snippet can be used to display the most recent WordPress posts from the last 15 days. To change the amount of days pulled, switch the 15 above with any numeric.

Display recent posts per month(s)

<?php wp_get_archives('type=monthly&limit=12'); ?>

The above PHP snippet can be used to display the most recent WordPress posts from the last 12 months (1 year). To change the amount of  months, switch the 12 above with any numeric.

Display recent syndication feeds

if ( isset ( $query->query_vars['feed'] ) and ( $query->query_vars['feed'] == 'ics' ) )
{
	add_filter( 'post_limits', '__return_empty' );
}

The “Syndication feeds show the most recent” or ‘posts_per_rss‘ parameters in Settings > Reading will overwrite any ‘posts_per_page‘ parameter in a query used in a feed. Read More.

Display recent posts in a drop-down list

<form id="archiveform" action="">
<select name="archive_chrono" onchange="window.location =
(document.forms.archiveform.archive_chrono[document.forms.archiveform.archive_chrono.selectedIndex].value);">
<option value=''>Select Month</option>
<?php get_archives('monthly','','option'); ?>
</select>
</form>

Use this to display a drop-box menu of your monthly archives with post counts displayed.

You also can use the piece of code below instead to show month lists, including the number of posts/month.

 <select name="archivemenu" onChange="document.location.href=this.options[this.selectedIndex].value;">
 <option value="">Select month</option>
 <?php get_archives('monthly',,'option',,,'TRUE'); ?>
 </select>

Display all WordPress posts alphabetically

<?php wp_get_archives('type=alpha'); ?>

Display all your WordPress posts alphabetically. Sure it’s not essentially display “recent” posts but is an alternative.

How to create a WordPress Archive page

How to create a WordPress Archive page

Easiest way to create a WordPress archive page. There are tons of easy ways to create an exciting WordPress archives page. There are also tons of WordPress tutorials floating around the internet that offer minimal guidelines in doing so for those whom have not been introduced to making proper WordPress page templates. So this article will explain how to create a WordPress archive page that you can use as a page template.

How to block access to wp-admin page

How to block access to wp-admin page

Securing your WordPress login page, or your wp-admin folder, on your WordPress website by blocking outside access to the wp-admin page is very simple. You can take advantage of your website’s hypertext access file located at the root of the WP install and use a specific code to block access your wp-admin age to outside IP address of your choosing. Blocking access to your wp-admin page will help you website become less vulnerable to malicious brute force attacks and unwanted logins.

1. Copy and paste the code below into your .htaccess file.

order deny,allow
deny from all
allow from 000.000.000.000

2. Change 000.000.000.000 to your IP address: [user_ip]

This will allow your IP address exclusive access to the wp-admin folder and will restrict access to all other IP addresses. You can also add an IP range to the code.

To test this, try accessing your WordPress website’s wp-admin login page from another IP address. A suggestion would be to use a free proxy site such as proxyfy.com.