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List with 100 of ghost referrals

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Hi,

 

I know how to add a filter and segment and works well but may I ask someone for help to add list of 50 or 100 ghost referrals in bulk or just more than one in one filter? Thanks.

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Re: List with 100 of ghost referrals

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Hey there,

 

To add multiple referrals in one filter, you can use regular expressions, dividing each referral with a vertical bar "|" which means OR and add it to an exclude custom filter with Campaign Source as a filter field.

spam1|spam2|spam3|spam4

And so on until you reach 255 characters, after that you will need to create a second filter. This will save you some time and keep your filters more organized. Just make sure you don't leave a bar at the end or the beginning of the expression or else you will exclude everything

 

A better solution that will save you even more time and stop all fake referrals is to create a filter that will include traffic only from your valid hostnames. This is a preventive solution instead of corrective like the previous one and will keep cleaner your reports

 

Hope it helps,

 

 

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Accepted by topic author iHomeware U
December 2015

Re: List with 100 of ghost referrals

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Hey there,

 

To add multiple referrals in one filter, you can use regular expressions, dividing each referral with a vertical bar "|" which means OR and add it to an exclude custom filter with Campaign Source as a filter field.

spam1|spam2|spam3|spam4

And so on until you reach 255 characters, after that you will need to create a second filter. This will save you some time and keep your filters more organized. Just make sure you don't leave a bar at the end or the beginning of the expression or else you will exclude everything

 

A better solution that will save you even more time and stop all fake referrals is to create a filter that will include traffic only from your valid hostnames. This is a preventive solution instead of corrective like the previous one and will keep cleaner your reports

 

Hope it helps,

 

 

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Re: List with 100 of ghost referrals

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Hi Carlos,

Thank you so much for your prompt reply and your 'better solution' is an amazing solution! Really helps.

Kind regards,
Donald

Re: List with 100 of ghost referrals

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It is okay to create a Referrer Spam filter(s) AND Valid Hostnames? Or is that too much of an overkill?

 

Re: List with 100 of ghost referrals

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If you create the Valid Hostname filter you will take care of most of the spam, however, there are a few crawlers that will need a separate filter.

You can have as many exclude filters but you can only have one include hostname filter.
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