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Excluding spam referrals, recommended way?

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Hi,

 

Is there a recommended way of excluding spam referrals?

I have seen tutorials on adding spamsites through either: "Admin" > "Tracking info" > "Referral exclusion list".

or, setting up a filter through "Admin" > "Filters".

 

Thanks!

 

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Re: Excluding spam referrals, recommended way?

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Hi :-)
Do not add them to the Referral Exclusion List. Doing so does not stop the their visits being tracked, it simply changes their visits to being Direct traffic instead of Referrals

Mike Sullivan one of the GA Communities Top Contributors has written a comprehensive article about the different types of spam data that occur and how to setup the filters required for combatting the different types. Long read but well worth it
http://help.analyticsedge.com/spam-filter/definitive-guide-to-removing-google-analytics-spam/
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Re: Excluding spam referrals, recommended way?

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Hi :-)
Do not add them to the Referral Exclusion List. Doing so does not stop the their visits being tracked, it simply changes their visits to being Direct traffic instead of Referrals

Mike Sullivan one of the GA Communities Top Contributors has written a comprehensive article about the different types of spam data that occur and how to setup the filters required for combatting the different types. Long read but well worth it
http://help.analyticsedge.com/spam-filter/definitive-guide-to-removing-google-analytics-spam/
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Thank you Bronwyn!
That was a great article and I´ll be sure to follow the instructions there.
I don´t think I have ever seen any official comment directly from Google on how to approach spam referrals?
...or any future plans that might solve the issue
Thanks!