There is SO much talk about what to do with referers, when using BH, or not, but just wishing to protect business data. Should we blank? Or should we send spoofed/faked refs? I am starting this thread for 2 reasons: 1. I coded and shared a Referer Spoofing script recently (link below), and I am about to share a self-hosted Blanking script, and 2. I think there needs to be some clarity about why people choose to do each one, and the steps required to pull each off successfully. What I want from this: 1. Ideally, sensible discussion on what YOU use, or what your thoughts are regarding use of one technique versus the other. 2. To give back to BHW, by finally settling one of the largest debates ever. 3. For everyone on BHW to have access to lists of Pros and Cons for each technique, as well as to have access to a single thread where they can learn what they need to learn with regards to Referer Manipulation. So, I'll get the ball rolling with my own thoughts on this, and I hope things will "build out" as more members see fit to contribute with their views and opinions. Personally, I see the need for Referer Manipulation more as a need to protect my business data (traffic sources, successful methods, etc) than as a need to cover BH or shady techniques. However, being comfortable with how to manipulate referers, and making the choice between blanking or spoofing, is 100% necessary, regardless of the reasons for doing so. My choices, and my initial list of Pros and Cons: Blanking This is what I choose to do, as it is much less work for me, and fits my situation nicely. Pros: 1. Easy to set up. 2. No extras needed. Cons: 1. Attracts more questions, appears more "dodgy" 2. Lack of suitable scripts to adequately transfer parameters (things after the ? in affiliate urls, used by many CPA Networks and other systems), or which are either easy to use, or easy to add changing destinations to. 3. Possible "leaks" My way of dealing with the "Cons": 1. I field questions by remaining professional, answering questions, explaining that I use my own tracking systems to blank (to protect my data), and sending quality traffic, or mixing in WH traffic. To date, this attitude has worked well for me. 2. I have coded my own script, which makes it simple Don't worry, I'll share it this weekend. 3. See 2. Faking Pros: 1. Very few questions, if any 2. End up with a range of semi-quality sites, as you start to build things up to have good-looking sites to use as your fake referers. 3. No leaks when using the right script (with mine, anyway ) Cons: 1. A HELL of a lot of work to set up and manage. 2. Lack of decent scripts which are easily manageable, especially when wishing to change destination links, or dynamically append & transfer parameters (Content Lock Pro deos this, as do most of the best tracking scripts (202, etc)). My views on the "Cons" (I don't fake, I blank): 1. The sites/pages and/or posts which you will use as your fake referers must display links to the final destinations, as, if there are no links there, how did your traffic supposedly come from there? They also must "appear" to be ranking and attracting traffic, unless they are simple "landers", in order for them to become "believable" referers. If you already have a bunch of WH sites, developed, themed to your niches/offers, etc, then you're golden! 2. I developed and shared a script to make this task self-hosted and easy. See below for the link. ====================================================== Current Solutions: Blanking: (Highlighting Code: White = Mediocre, Yellow = The Best) 1. Mainly, DMR (double meta-refresh) scripts which you self-host. Yesterday's technology, do not lend themselves well to dynamic parameters, changing links, etc. 2. Referer.us - a great free service, but which has suffered from many issues in the last few weeks due to server abuse and, of course, is hosted by a third-party. 3. Content Lock Pro - comes with it's own integrated, self-hosted solution, which works on all browsers except Opera. 4. BHCB - comes with it's own solution (a DMR script), but works with a limited amount of browsers. 5. FIVE STAR Solution - Fancy a self-hosted script which works like Referer.us (except Opera)? Just keep an eye on me, it'll be shared later today, I'll try to edit this post or the next one, to link to it. Spoofing: (Highlighting Code: White = Mediocre, Yellow = The Best): 1. CPA-R - Nice, has been the best solution for a few years. Works well, integrates with WP as a plugin. Will NOT transfer dynamically appended parameters, destination link must be static. Standalone (non-WP) version a bit awkward to set up for noobs. 2. Referer.us - - a great free service, but which has suffered from many issues in the last few weeks due to server abuse and, of course, is hosted by a third-party. 3. FIVE STAR Solution - My Script - Self-hosted, works for ALL browsers. Doesn't leak. Accepts dynamically generated parameters for tracking, locking, etc Easy to set up, even more easy to use Already available here (be sure to check 2nd page of thread for an update to it, I was unable to edit the OP): http://www.blackhatworld.com/blackh...e-referer-any-offer-fake-referrer-script.html ======================================================== So, there you have it, what do YOU do when presented with the eternal "Blanking vs Faking" conundrum? Feel free to add your views/thoughts on any of the above, be it which choices you've made, and why, or which Pros and Cons you feel apply, or how to deal with them, or even scripts you may be using.