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How to stop spam coming into google analytics?

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Hi Everyone,

 

I'm just wondering what is the best way to stop spam coming through to Google Analytics. It keeps completely messing up my reports and I can't tell which traffic is organic and which is fake.

 

Please give me any tips you might have about how to stop this.

 

Thanks in advance,

 

Louise

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How to stop spam coming into google analytics?

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When faced with referrer spam, the easiest way to deal with it is to:
- Go to the Google Analytics Admin section
- Select the correct view
- Go to Filters
- Click Add filter
- Give your filter a name such as "Include only my website"
- Under Predefined, select "Include Only"
- Under Select Source or Destination, select "traffic to the hostname"
- Under Select expression, select "that contains"
- In the Hostname field, enter "yoursite.com", where yoursite.com is really your domain name.

Save your filter and enjoy new, somewhat-spam-free traffic!

For a complete set of solutions, read this:
http://juliencoquet.com/en/2016/06/17/how-can-handle-google-analytics-referrer-spam/?utm_id=tcen

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Re: How to stop spam coming into google analytics?

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Wow thanks Julien, I'm going to do that straight away!

Louise

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