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What is spam traffic, how to get rid of referral spam in google analytics

What is referral spam

“A referrer is a simple HTTP header that is sent when a browser navigates from one page to another, usually used to indicate where the user came from. But users can change it and some people will set a referrer on the pages they want to advertise and visit tons of people on the Internet - people see it and say, "Oh, I have to check it out." It doesn't have to be a link ... there are people trying to drive traffic by visiting a ton of websites with an automated script and setting the URL they want to promote as a referral ... no authentication ... you can't automatically assume that it was the owner of the URL if you see something popping up in your panel. Someone is trying to do hijinks. "

- Matt Cutts, Team Leader, Google Webspam

Spam in Google Analytics can be divided into two types: ghosts and crawlers.

First, let's tell you how they do it.

They do this using a measurement protocol that allows people to send data to Google Analytics servers. Using this method, they create randomly generated tracking codes (UA-XXXXX-1), then spammers leave a “visit” with fake data, and most often without even knowing who they are hitting.

Thus, a few years ago, before the Trump election, many sites saw in their analytics “Vote for Trump” as a referral source.

How do I block such spam traffic in GA?

Block spam traffic in GA "TRUMP SPAM" or Ghost SPAM

 

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Block spam traffic in GA "TRUMP SPAM" or Ghost SPAM

 

Many spam domains can also be blocked through regular expressions

yourmaindomain\.com|anotheruseddomain\.com|payingservice\.com|translatetool\.com

 

 

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Fortunately, there is a way to prevent most of the spam. Most (ghost) spam works by hitting random GA tracking IDs, which means that the attacker doesn't really know who the target is, and for this reason either no hostname is given or a fake one is used.

Based on this, we can create a filter that will only include hits that use real hostnames. This will automatically exclude all hits from ghost spam, whether it appears as a referral, keyword, or pageview; or even as a direct visit.

List of spam sources

Crawler Spam List

bukleteg.xyz

abc.xyz

lifehacĸer.com

brateg.xyz

budilneg.xyz

buketeg.xyz

bezlimitko.xyz referral

biteg.xyz

boltalko.xyz

begalka.xyz / referral

alfabot.xyz 

arendovalka.xyz 

bank-rot.xyz

abcdefh.xyz

aptechko.xyz

uptime-alpha.net

3-letter-domains.net / referral

uptime.com  

1-free-share-buttons.com

timer4web.com

success-seo.com

1-99seo.com

platezhka.net

semaltmedia.com

seo-2-0.com

videos-for-your-business.com

dailyrank.net

fix-website-errors.com

free-video-tool.com

magnet-to-torrent.com

keywords-monitoring-your-success.com

torrent-to-magnet.com

uptimebot.net

sitevaluation.org

dogsrun.net

###.responsive-test.net

100dollars-seo.com

partner.semalt.com

best-seo-solution.com

uptimechecker.com

best-seo-offer.com

semalt.com

top1-seo-service.com

semalt.semalt.com

7makemoneyonline.com

fast-wordpress-start.com

dbutton.net

justprofit.xyz

wordpress-crew.net

video--production.com

buttons-for-website.com

anticrawler.org

baixar-musicas-gratis.com

forum69.info

descargar-musica-gratis.net

buttons-for-your-website.com

 

More list

Ghost Spam List

biketank.ga

ogodnyyeavarii.gq

[NUMBER].social-s-***.xyz

asacopaco.tk

kiwi237au.tk

doyouknowtheword-flummox.ml

luxmagazine.cf

bestofferswalkmydogouteveryday.gq

exchangeit.gq

ranking2017.ga

pokemongooo.ml 

bestchoice.cf 

eu cookie law eu-cookie-law.info / keyword

itrevolution.cf

eu-cookie-law.info / keyword

priceg.com

share buttons sharebutton.org / keyword

share buttons www.get-free-social-traffic.com / keyword

www.get-free-social-traffic.com / keyword

eu-cookie-law.blogspot.com / keyword

free-share-buttons.blogspot.com / keyword

rentahouseinvsevastopol.ru

law-***.xyz

free-share-buttons-***.xyz

forum.topic###.ilovevitaly.xyz

smailik.org

law-enforcement-check-***.xyz

sanjosestartups.com

free-social-buttons-***.xyz

s.click.aliexpress.com/e/ay3rfmzfi

slow-website.xyz

see-your-website-here.com

site-auditor.online

sharebutton.net

law-enforcement-bot-**.xyz

sharebutton.to

fix-website-errors.com

shopping.ilovevitaly.com

social-buttons-**.xyz

simple-share-buttons.com

law-enforcement-**.xyz

theguardlan.com

cookie-law-enforcement-**.xyz

torture.ml

ghostvisitor.com

trafficmonetize.org

magicdiet.gq

trafficmonetizer.org

burn-fat.ga

ranksonic.info

monetizationking.net

resellerclub.com

popads.net

resellerclub scam

eu-cookie-law-enforcement-#.xyz

resellerclub

ownshop.cf

ranksonic.org

getlamborghini.ga

cenoval.ru

dominateforex.ml

cenokos.ru

easycommerce.cf

dailyrank.net

topquality.cf

darodar.com

unpredictable.ga

econom.co

increasewwwtraffic.info

egovaleo.it

social-traffic-#.xyz

erot.co

smartphonediscount.info

descargar-musica-gratis.net

free-social-buttons#.xyz

domination.ml

free-video-tool.com

ranksonic.com

share-button.xyz

adviceforum.info

makeprogress.ga

addons.mozilla.org (ilovevitaly.com)

m-google.xyz / keyword

0n-line.tv

facebook-mobile.xyz

100dollars-seo.com

fuck-paid-share-buttons.xyz / keyword

12masterov.com

socialbuttons.xyz

4webmasters.org

socialbutton.xyz

forum.darodar.com

social-button.xyz

getrichquickly.info

social-buttons.xyz

bestwebsitesawards.com

website-stealer-warning-alert.hdmoviecams.com

free-traffic.xyz

getrichquick.ml

lomb.co

yandeh-garbage.rf

lombia.co

adtiger.tk

lombia.com

wordpresscore.com

lumb.co

http://feedback.sharemyfile.ru/

make-money-online.7makemoneyonline.com

rank-checker.online

iskalko.ru

domain-tracker.com

kabbalah-red-bracelets.com

dktr.ru

o-o-6-o-o.com

http://go.ekatalog.xyz/

o-o-6-o-o.ru

ilikevitaly.com

o-o-8-o-o.com

net-profits.xyz

o-o-8-o-o.ru

web-revenue.xyz

meendo-free-traffic.ga

free-social-buttons.xyz

event-tracking.com

social-widget.xyz

get-free-traffic-now.com

traffic-cash.xyz

guardlink.org

share-buttons.xyz

floating-share-buttons.com

with.new.year.rf

forum.smailik.org

snip.tw

forum20.smailik.org

trafficgenius.xyz

forum69.info

website-analyzer.info

free-social-buttons.com

topseoservices.co

ilovevitaly.co

onlinetvseries.me

ilovevitaly.com

traffic2cash.xyz

iloveitaly.ru

w3javascript.com

ilovevitaly.info

hdmoviecamera.net

iloveitaly.ro

pops.foundation

ilovevitaly.org

nufaq.com

ilovevitaly.ru

googlemare.com

humanorightswatch.org

top1-seo-service.com

hulfingtonpost.com

boost-my-site.com

howtostopreferralspam.eu

fast-wordpress-start.com

iedit.ilovevitaly.com

santasgift.ml

www.event-tracking.com

quit-smoking.ga

site#.free-share-buttons.com

rusexy.xyz

googlsucks.com

traffic2cash.org

www.Get-Free-Traffic-Now.com

cyber-monday.ga

buy-cheap-online.info

lsex.xyz

free-share-buttons.com

black-friday.ga

social-buttons.com

/?from=http://adf.ly/1SDmxr

best-seo-offer.com

hosting-tracker.com

site##.social-buttons.com

get-your-social-buttons.info

alfa9.com

snip.to

build-a-better-business.2your.site 

traffic2cash.net

build-audience.for-your.website 

ranksonic.net

cash4traffic.xyz

work-from-home-earn-money-online.com

copyrightclaims.org

claim381811.copyrightclaims.org

feedback.sharemyfile.ru

how-to-earn-quick-money.com

forum.topic.6hopping.com

traffictomoney.com

free-share-buttons.xyz

dbutton.net

go.ekatalog.xyz

alibestsale.com

happy.new.yeartwit.com

best-seo-software.xyz

how.to.travel...ilovevitaly.com

rednise.com

http://link.web-list.xyz

seo-platform.com

maps.ilovevitaly.com

qualitymarketzone.com

marketland.ml

hongfanji.com

naturehelps.me

free-floating-buttons.com

new-look.for-your.website 

sexyali.com

onlinetvseries.me

video--production.com

satellite.maps.ilovevitaly.com / keyword

get-free-social-traffic.com

site#.floating-share-buttons.com

chinese-amezon.com

smarter-content.for-your.website 

traffic2money.com

teedle.co

e-buyeasy.com

vitaly rules google / keyword

yourserverisdown.com

websites-reviews.com

www*.free-social-buttons.com

why.does.spacebarnot work? / keyword

webmaster-traffic.com

wpsecuritycheck.co.uk

webmonetizer.net

wpthemedetector.co.uk

kambasoft.com

china.new.year.rf

untranslatable.рф

 


 

Blocking spam crawlers via .htaccess

One of the blocking options is to block unwanted spam from the .htaccess file

## STOP REFERRER SPAM 

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} semalt\.com [NC,OR] 

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} buttons-for-website\.com [NC] 

RewriteRule .* - [F] 

 

One of the biggest mistakes people make is trying to block Ghost Spam from the .htaccess file, but in truth, the .htaccess file can only effectively block crawlers like buttons-for-website.com and some others as they access your site. Most spam cannot be blocked using this method, so there is no choice but to use filters to exclude them in GA.

Outcome

Most spam does not do much harm other than noise in analytics, most often it is already known “BlackList” which needs to be supplemented periodically. Keeping track of your analytics is not just comparing some visitor data, it is a full-fledged work with spam, data cleansing, and verification of sources. Make the most of this tool and see how it makes working with your data easier.


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