Guardlink.org is reported to be a ‘Ghost Referrer’ spam that is seen to affect Google Analytics data with the purpose of directing traffic to its website and therefore generating profits. Google Analytics is useful and unique, and it is used to gather information on a website’s traffic. Such ghost referral spams may interfere with the statistics of sites, making the job for the site administrator much more difficult. This could result in consequences such as investments, based on wrong statistics (in case the spam is in huge amounts) and others.
What Is Referral Spam and What Is Guardlink.org?
This is the activity of transferring hoax web traffic to a third-party site or a product. This trend has been growing rapidly, and it has to be addressed in time or it can result in serious consequences.
There are two main referral spamming methods that are being widely used at the moment:
Type Number 1: Crawlers
These spamming waves are usually unidentified, and they have the ability to modify rapidly the statistic details (increase bounce rate rapidly, for example). Some spammers in this category remove a site from their spamming ‘list’ after they have been notified to stop or after users have input their site links in removal options tools on their sites. However, some may remain and have to be prevented from analytics, which may prove to be a headache in some cases.
Type Number 2: Ghost Referrer
This kind of traffic is what Guardlink.org is may be very malefic to an affected site in some cases. In case you are using Google Analytics, there is a big chance that you have already seen such type of spam since it is also the most widely distributed.
Some experts, like Ben Davis at viget.com, report that this sort of spam does not have an actual presence on a site. In some cases spammers may have exploited the free information transferring through HTTP-based prompts. This means that a spammer can spoof (i.e. fake) an HTTP session without much sweat. This could be done with software, designed for this particular purpose. It may send hoax HTTP requests directed to various Analytics options, and this may eliminate the need for the program even visiting a site that it is targeting. Also, experts report that it can fake search results as well.
Guardlink.org may corrupt Google Analytics statistical information, resulting in modifications in traffic and duration times which could devalue the data. This is frustrating since it makes it difficult if you attempt to take measures and analyse the traffic, click rates and others. Sites with traffic rates that are considered to be low, in general, are in greater danger. This is because only one spamming domain may devalue the data on a site for a very short time. And there are many domains being reported on a very often basis.
Similar to other referral spam sites, such as erot.co spam that has been reported for some other malicious acivities, guardlink.org may result in several different consequences for the user:
-It could replace its URL with the victim site’s link, and this can lead to identifying the victim site as a spamming one. This could happen without any knowledge of the user and may be devastating in the long term for the place, if not treated properly.
-It may modify the SEO measures, by creating links from victim sites that include them in their access logs. Such tactic is usually done with the purpose of gaining popularity in Google search results for the spammers’ web link. This could affect any website with analytic data published.
-It might spread malware by creating links from sites that include it in their content. This is very dangerous since data could be obtained directly from the site, giving spammers the opportunity to send even more spam. Also, there is the nightmarish possibility that if this happens, a huge chunk of the information on the site data may be compromised – users’ personal information, financial information, etc.
Guardlink.org claims on their web page to create secure links that protect users who upload or share data on the web for extended periods of time. However, when we tried to create such a hotlink, it redirected to their web page, generating its owners traffic.
Guardlink.org – How To Protect Yourself
In case you have spotted links, similar to www.guardlink.og/XJ332aB this is a clear sign that you have a referral spam on your GA. Experts, like the web analyst Carlos Escalera from ohow.com advise following the after mentioned instructions to create filters for such domains.
Step 1: Click on the ‘Admin’ tab on your GA web page.
Step 2: Choose which ‘View’ is to be filtered and then click the ‘Filters’ button.
Step 3: Click on ‘New Filter’
Step 4: Write a name, such as ‘Spam Referrals’.
Step 5: On Filter Type choose Custom Filter –>Exclude Filter –> Field: Campaign Source–> Filter Pattern. Then on the Pattern, enter the domain name – guardlink.com
Step 6: Save the filter, by clicking on the ‘Save’ button.
You are done! Congratulations!
Bear in mind that if you have already done this procedure it is possible to add only guardlink.org to the same to save characters. In case you have seen this spam long enough, recommendations are to download a reputable anti-malware tool on your system in order to detect any threats that might be associated with this malicious domain and ensure further protection.
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