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How to Block Direct and Organic Spam?

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Hi all, 

 

We have this spam issue in our Google Analytics account that's been polluting traffic data for many months now. I have checked on many websites and almost all are just about fixing the referral spam issue. On our website, it's not just the referral that's been spammed but the Direct and Organic traffic as well. Anyone, who knows how to block Direct and Organic Spam? 

 

 

 

 

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Hi,

Thank you for your quick response.

I actually had done what the resources you gave me have said. And I
successfully blocked the referral spam. My problem now is how to deal with
the direct spam and the organic spam which hasn't been specifically
addressed in those articles.

How to Block Direct and Organic Spam?

Rising Star
# 3
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Hi @Phillip S, filtering on the source/name of the spam is not efficient anymore you should use instead a hostname filter, this will help prevent most of the spam in any form organic, referral, language.

 

Now about the spam as direct traffic. Are using the referral exclusion list for spam?

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I use a hostname filter. Then, I use another filter to block referral spams that weren't blocked the hostname filter. The referral spam is gone because of that.  I didn't use the referral exclusion list. 

 

My problem is how to block spam in organic and direct traffic. 

How to Block Direct and Organic Spam?

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# 5
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I asked about the exclusion list because that will just convert referral spam on direct traffic.

 

If you have the hostname filter in place the organic spam should be stopped too. What is the keyword used and the hostname of the organic spam you mention?

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Unfortunately, the organic spam is still there despite of the hostname filter. 

These are the keywords:

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The hostname is our website's URL. Thank you for responding. I appreciate it.

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Rising Star
# 7
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@Phillip S that is not common spam, your site might have been hacked. If you go to the landing page of those keywords do you see a real page?

 

I recommend you to scan your site for malware.

https://sitecheck.sucuri.net/

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The sucuri scan is ok. No malware detected. https://sitecheck.sucuri.net/results/sabiosystems.com

 

And all those landing pages are 404, meaning fake pages. 

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@Phillip S, is not spam. It looks like your site was hacked at some point because those pages are indexed in Google.

 

Search for this: site:sabiosystems.com video

 

Since all page return 404 then it means that someone deletes them. However, it may take some time for Google to deindex those hacked pages.

https://developers.google.com/webmasters/hacked/docs/vulnerability

https://developers.google.com/webmasters/hacked/docs/clean_site

 

One note, deleting the pages is not enough; you should change passwords, and find any backdoor. Otherwise, the pages may appear again.

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Thanks @Carlos Escalera. I just discovered that there are some strange codes embedded on the website. Might be caused by some plugins.