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Filters exluding all traffic (attached screenshots)

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Hi there! I recently set up a few filters to block out spam/ghost referrals and now I have no data showing in my test view. I had excluded 4 large lists of most common spam referral sites that I found online, did an include hostname, and excluded traffic coming from my home IP address (ofcourse). My suspicion is that I did the include hostname incorrectly but I'll let the experts decide.  I've attached screenshots of my filters. Any help would be appreciated!Filter - Common Spam#1.JPGFilter - Common Spam#2.JPGFilter - Common Spam#3.JPGFilter - Common Spam #4.JPGFilter - Top Seo.JPGFilter - Top Seo but different..JPGFilter - Mailchimp testview referral.JPGFilter - Home IP.JPGFilter - Include Hostname.JPG

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Re: Filters exluding all traffic (attached screenshots)

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Hi :-)
Change the hostname filter pattern field to the following martinastransportation|googleusercontent
that way it wont block data for anyone that may also be using google translate or some other google service
whilst accessing your site
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Re: Filters exluding all traffic (attached screenshots)

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It makes sense to do that, however I don't think that all my site's visitors are using google translate. That may allow some of the referrals to go through though.

Re: Filters exluding all traffic (attached screenshots)

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if you dont want to include googleusercontent, that is fine, is up to you :-)
you can simply use a predefined filter to include the hostname only

predef-hostname.jpg

 

Do not include the http:// the filter pattern does not use the full site url

it simply needs the domain
More info about filter fields can be found in the help docs:

https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/1034380?hl=en

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Re: Filters exluding all traffic (attached screenshots)

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Ok. If I did want to include google user content would I create a separate filter in addition to the one that you just posted? If so could you show me how it should look like? Thank you for your help so far Bronwyn Smiley Happy

Re: Filters exluding all traffic (attached screenshots)

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Hi Dennis,

You might have an error in one of your filter regular expressions that causes all traffic to be filtered out.

You can verify each filter at the bottom of the filter settings page to see how they changes your data.

Please check this excellent up to date guide about removing ghost spam:

http://help.analyticsedge.com/spam-filter/definitive-guide-to-removing-google-analytics-spam/

It has spam crawler filter expressions that are 100% correct. Hope this helps.

Arnold Majlath, Google Analytics Top Contributor
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Re: Filters exluding all traffic (attached screenshots)

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Hi, I got them from this source which I think is credible enough: https://viget.com/advance/removing-referral-spam-from-google-analytics

Re: Filters exluding all traffic (attached screenshots)

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Hi Dennis,

You can set up a new test view and apply the filters from the post I linked.

Let me know how you get on.

Arnold Majlath, Google Analytics Top Contributor
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Re: Filters exluding all traffic (attached screenshots)

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I might try that after I see the results from taking off the http:// filter pattern from my include domain filter. Thanks Arnold.