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I am having a ton of problems creating the right filters to remove spam referral traffic. Is there any automated tools where I can enter the websites and they create the regrex for me? Or any tips would be appreciated! 

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Hi,

Please check the article below about removing analytics spam, it is updated constantly.

http://help.analyticsedge.com/spam-filter/definitive-guide-to-removing-google-analytics-spam/

Hope this helps.

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Hi Erin,

Arnold gave you the best answer, so Kudos to him for linking to the best solution, but there are some more, since you asked for "automated tools". One of the Google Developer and Google Tag Manager Gods, Simo Ahava, built one, the Spam filter Insertion Tool. You'll find the explaining blog post here:
http://www.simoahava.com/analytics/spam-filter-insertion-tool/
And the tool here:
http://www.simoahava.com/spamfilter/
...but it's "only" for/against referral spam...
You'll find a LOT more of cool advice in his blog.
Brian Clifton, Xoogler, gave some advice also:
https://brianclifton.com/blog/2015/05/29/removing-referral-spam/

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Hi Erin,

Just a delayed FYI - there is a free tool from Quantable that installs the filters described in the Analytics Edge article -- a link is in the opening paragraphs of the article. The spam crawler filters do not change very often, so make sure you implement the valid hostname filter -- it does the bulk of the work.
Mike Sullivan, Google Analytics Top Contributor
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Thanks for posting - will this work for ghost referrals as well? I am unable to pin point exactly where the false traffic is coming from.

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All ghost referrals will stop after you implement a valid hostname filter -- one that INCLUDES only your website hostname. That is what the article references and the Quantable service does.

In most cases, you will not need to update that filter...ever, unless you enter your Google Analytics tracking code into some other service.
Mike Sullivan, Google Analytics Top Contributor
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