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So I have an issue in which i'm receiving bad data from Analytics. In a report in which the Page Title is the primary dimension, there are 2 Page Titles in my data that are not a part of my site. The names (sharebutton.org/eu-cookie-law.info) and activity (0 avg. time on page) make it clearly look like Spam. What's odd is that I never added the tracking code to any other place than my own site. Any ideas on the issue? Or what can be done?

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Hi Serghinio,

This is a common issue, the spam can show up as a referral, organic and even as a page. As @Sikoursky suggest the best way to exclude this traffic is by creating a filter to include your hostnames.

If you need help creating this filter you can use this step by step guide. https://www.ohow.co/ultimate-guide-to-removing-irrelevant-traffic-in-google-analytics/

Hope it helps,
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You can create a filter in your View to only include traffic from you domain and this will filter out the spam sites
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Hi Serghinio,

This is a common issue, the spam can show up as a referral, organic and even as a page. As @Sikoursky suggest the best way to exclude this traffic is by creating a filter to include your hostnames.

If you need help creating this filter you can use this step by step guide. https://www.ohow.co/ultimate-guide-to-removing-irrelevant-traffic-in-google-analytics/

Hope it helps,
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Great tips and article @Carlos Escalera Smiley Happy

 

One more tip: Check out the spam filter insertion tool 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/

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

All the best,

Taavi