How To Prevent Referrer Spam In Google Analytics

Learn How To Prevent Referrer Spam Issue In Google Analytics

Referrer Spam is a great headache for every Blogger.Almost every Blogger relay on Google Analytics to keep track of their visitors and user engagement on their blog.But, often Bloggers get confused while they see a lot of referral traffic from websites like lifehacker.com, thenextweb.com or even abc.xyz.Actually, they are not at all real.

Recently, My Google Analytics account also got affected by Referral Spam issue.At that time, I was not able to get an accurate report about my blog stats.There were tons of Referrers from many popular domains like abc.xyz, lifehacker.com,etc.They were all spam.It completely ruined my Analytics Data.

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But somehow, I finally managed to prevent those referrer Spam in my Google Analytics account.Now I’m sharing exactly what I did to get my Google Analytics Stats as normal.Now whenever I detect a new spam, I simply go to my Filter tab and add new.That’s it, So Simple,Huh?

What Is Referrer Spam?

You might have noticed a tremendous increase in your Blog traffic from last few days.But do you think all of them are legit? Never. You will be very happy to see links to your blog from high authority websites life LifeHacker and TheNextWeb.But, these traffics are completely fake.They directly reach your Google analytics account without even visiting your blog.You may have noticed higher bounce rate too, didn’t you?

Now let’s check how to fix Referrer Spam Issue in your Google Analytics account.

How To Prevent Google Analytics Referrer Spam?

I will try to make this guide as simple as possible.Follow the simple step-by-step guide mentioned below.

  1. Login to your Google Analytics account and make sure that you select your Website property.

2. Go to Admin Tab

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3. Click on Filters menu from Admin Options.

Click on Filter option in Google Analytics Admin tab

4. Click on “+Add Filters” button.

Add Filters

5. Now you need to add filter information about the particular site you want to block.

For the sake of this tutorial, I’m taking lifehacker.com as an example.

6. Give your Filter a name in the Filter Name field, Choose Filter Type as “Campaign Source“, and type your target site URL in the “Filter Pattern” fields.

Type Filter Informations

7. Now under Apply Filter to Views tab, click on All Web Site Data and simply click on Add button.(Do the same to add another Filter as well.)

Add Filter to All Website Data

That’s it.We have successfully created Filter for a particular website.Now referral data from that particular domain will be excluded from your final report.That means, Next onwards when you view your Analytics report, no data from these URL will be displayed.

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Spammers use different websites for spamming your blog.So, they use different websites every time.So make sure that you create a new filter for every spam URL separately.

Block Common Spammers Using A Single Filter

You can also block common spammers using a single filter by adding suitable filter pattern.If you have spam referrer from more than two or three Websites, you can use this method.

  1. Click on “+Add Filter“.

2. Give a Filter a name, Select Filter Type as exclude and add the following pattern in the Filter Pattern field.

semalt\.com|buttons-for-website\.com|blackhatworth\.com|anticrawler\.org

You can replace these phrases and website URLs with another.

Once Done, Simply click on the Save button and that’s it rest will be intelligently automated.

Common Spam Sites:

  • lifehacker.com
  • thenextweb.com
  • abc.xyz
  • semalt.com
  • sharebuttons.io
  • blackhatworld.com
  • motherboard.vice.com

These are the common high authority websites used by Hackers to spam your Google Analytics account.I will keep updating this Article regularly with new Spam Sites.

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I hope this article helped you to fix Referrer Spam Issue in Google Analytics.

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Astro Joseph

Hey Guys, I'm Astro K Joseph, Founder and CEO of IPEE World from Kerala, India. I started this blog as a passion and it now empowering thousands of readers around the globe.Here I usually share stuff related to How To, Android, Windows, Facebook, WhatsApp, Blogging, etc.

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