The price of being a blogger is … eternal spam. Now, it seems, spammers have found a way to insert bogus clicks in our “Clicks” stats.
My stats today show that somebody clicked on a link to “interyield.jmp9 … ” No such link exists on my blog. At least not one that I knowingly set up. I used WP’s Omnisearch and it didn’t show up there. Not sure if it’s something Omnisearch should find, I started searching the forums. And sure enough, there are other reports of unrecognized links showing up in Clicks.
The best explanation, which I still don’t completely understand, was from macmanx, one of WP’s “Happiness Engineers.” Somehow a person gets infected from some browser add-on somewhere, and when they come through your blog and click on one of your links, that link, when it appears in your “Clicks” stats, gets changed to the malware’s link.
However it works, it apparently does the spammer no good unless I see and click on their link in my stats. I can’t believe these idiots go to such lengths to get into our stats for no better payoff than the remote chance that a few bloggers, when they see the odd link in their stats, will click on it.
Apparently there’s nothing we can do about it for now, but it doesn’t harm us. Just thought curious folks might want to know.