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Referral Spam Solved: Give Your Analytics an Enema

Referral Spam Solved: Give Your Analytics an Enema

Ghost Referrer spam is a new twist on marketing that directly targets webmasters. It exploits Analytics data by displaying urls or brands so that traffic can be driven to the spammer’s sites. In the process it litters up your analytics data. This type of spam (called ghost referrer spam) was especially frustrating because it had to be removed manually—until now. If you’re anything like us, evaluating you or your client’s website traffic became a lot more difficult during the course of this year. At first we’re all like “Yeah, natural inbound links from button sites!!!”. Two seconds of research left us hoping this trend would die a quick death. Two months later, we knew we had a problem on our hands and started taking steps to block bogus referrers from our analytics account. I get that it’s hard to accept a graph with less data as an improvement, but it’s a far more honest evaluation for both you and your clients. I appreciate the information, but let me just… Clean Spam for Free Understanding Analytics Spam When I mentioned earlier that this spam is targeted at you, the webmaster or site owner, I wasn’t kidding. For us, we’ll notice the targets of the spam have lots to do with web development stuff … buttons, traffic, servers, seo, videos, rank tracking, porn (yeah, webmasters need love too). I suspect you would see a lot of the same stuff, but maybe a little more targeted to what you do. You can see what I’m talking about on the screenshot. This is just a random sample I grabbed from our database. This...