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Bot Spam within an App Account.

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We created an app for use on iOS and Android that is launching very soon. I noticed that our GA account has a bunch of spam, most of which has come over the last couple of weeks.

 

I have done a lot of research on how to filter out Ghost and Crawler spam. The most common filter I am seeing for Ghost Spam is to set up an inclusion filter by Hostname where I add all of our relevant hostnames.

 

My question is how to I determine the hostname for an app? When I do a secondary breakdown of the acquisition sources by Hostname, all of the legit and spam results come up as "(Not Set)". Given there is no website or domain, how do I set up this filter using hostname?

 

The one other thing I will mention is the the app isn't 'live' yet. Once it is live will there start to be hostnames that I can use as filters?

 

Thanks.

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Hi,

The best way top avoid this is to set up a filter for you property / view such that is only includes data with a specified Application ID.

Good reference material:

http://webmasters.stackexchange.com/questions/83726/block-spam-from-google-analytics-measurement-pro...

https://en.advertisercommunity.com/t5/Referral-Spam-Traffic/Event-Spam-for-mobile-apps/td-p/489502#

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GA Guru.

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