Apologies to everyone for taking the site offline tonight, and hope I didn’t cause to much inconvenience. As some of you may know, in my spare time I have been developing the technical side of the Lochgelly site. Recently I noticed several spammy sites linking to the Lochgelly site, these sites were the usual spammy sites ie – Viagra, Pharmacy, Herbal, etc.
Doing some research on why the Lochgelly site was getting so much spam links, I found a forum which discussed similar issues happening to other webmasters: http://www.webmasterworld.com/google/3964441.htm.
Basically, it could be a “scattershot” type attack on the site by competitors using black hat SEO tips to get us banned from Search Engines, such as Google. This is also known as “Google Bowling”. Therefore I made the decision to ban the IP addresses attached to the spammy sites.
Below is a list of IP addresses that I have took the decision to ban from this site. I will keep this list updated every month, as a blacklist for other webmasters to check with their own stats.
If you think I have banned an IP address unfairly, get in touch via the contact page with your URL, and I will look into the site.