Ghost Spam: a Horror Story, with Graphs

The web developer paused at the threshold of the WordPress admin pages. The dashboard was clean and well-organized; there were no ominous sounds, no foreshadowing of what lurked in the Google Analytics summary until she saw, out of the corner of her eye, the stat for the site’s top page:

The Top Referrers suddenly flew out at her: free-share-buttons, Get-Free-Traffic-Now, free-social-buttons, buy-cheap-online and guardlink. She tried to scream, but something cold and slimy wrapped around her throat as vitaly rules google taunted her from Top Searches.

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