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Hi,

I have problem with old SPAM values and some unknown stats from website (download files, search phrases, etc.). http://s18.postimg.org/3mx384eax/image.jpg

 

Unfortunately I dont have time to solve it now. Now I only need the most accurate statistics.

 

Can I use following filter? If I set Session Duration ≥ 1?  It is possible that this will affect the other data?

http://s16.postimg.org/jyn8u4g79/GA2.png

 

 

Thanks,

LN

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If you set that filter then anything outside of the filter rule moving forward will not be collected - no historical data will be affected, and you cannot recollect the data not collected moving forward - is that what you are trying to achieve?

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Hi David,
in picture 1 you can see values, which have "Pageviews 1 or 2 or 11..." and "Avg. Time on Page: 00:00:00". These values are not possible, right? So is it better to filter them out... ?

If yes, can I use the filter which you can see in picture 2? Will the remaining data still be valuable?

Thanks

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Hi @Ladislav N

OK on a closer look I see what you are saying more clearly.

so you are looking at your landing pages report and seeing a lot of traffic that has a single page view and 0 time on site and thing about filtering based on page views etc.

Can you take another angle on it and have a look and see the source of this traffic - add it as a secondary dimension - my hunch is that you will see that most of it is referral source.

if you go across to Acquisition>Referral you will likely see that there are a lot of sources that are bringing you similarly behave 'traffic' - this is referral spam - are you familiar with it?

basically fake traffic to your site that usually has a 100% bounce rate which = 1 page view and spends 0 seconds on your site.

It can actually be a considerable issue/source of referral traffic.

there is a whole section in this forum dedicated to 'referral spam' there are filters you can use to help block it go over to that category and have a look.

also a link here: https://moz.com/blog/stop-ghost-spam-in-google-analytics-with-one-filter

 

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