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Greetings,

I have  about 23 hits from somewhere in England indicating that there were 100% bounce at the same time. Not sure how this could happen. Is this a bot?  Not sure how to fix this?

Appreciate your help and patience,

centralhome

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Hi,

 

There are a couple of different options how to figure out the bot traffic.

 

1. Go to Audience -> Network -> Set the primary dimension to "Hostname" -> Set the secondary dimension to "Country".

  

If you see a decent amount of sessions from England but the hostname of these sessions are not your site (yoursite.com), then it's probably a bot traffic. If you see this kind of hostnames like "www.dozai.co.uk" or "www.ipkndgkurbeq.co.uk" you can be sure that it's a bot traffic.

 

Another way:

2. Go to Acquisition -> All traffic -> Channels -> Set the primary dimension to "source/medium" -> Set the secondary dimension to "Hostname".

 

If you see a decent amount of sessions but the hostname of these sessions are (not set), then it's probably a bot traffic. You might see this kind of source/mediums like "law-enforcement-check-one.xyz / referral" or "eu-cookie-law.blogspot.com / referral"

 

How to fix this?

 

Here are a couple of brilliant articles that teach how to eliminate bot traffic:

1.http://www.lunametrics.com/blog/2016/01/28/notes-on-filtering-spam-and-bots-from-google-analytics/

2. http://www.lunametrics.com/blog/2015/04/01/eliminating-bot-traffic-from-google-analytics-once-and-fo...

3. http://www.lovesdata.com/blog/2015/removing-referral-spam

4. https://www.optimizesmart.com/geek-guide-removing-referrer-spam-google-analytics/

I really recommend you check out the spam filter insertion tool that is made by Simo Ahava. It's easy to use and it contains a huge list of spam sources. This tool lets you automatically create and link referral spam filters to your Google Analytics views. You can find it here: http://www.simoahava.com/spamfilter/

You can read more about it here: http://www.simoahava.com/analytics/spam-filter-insertion-tool/

Hope that it helps. If you any further questions, let us know. Smiley Happy

 

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Thanks for the information. I am new to this so it will take some time to figure it out but I do appreciate your prompt reply.

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Thanks, if you have any further questions, just let us know. We will try to help you. Smiley Happy

Taavi