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Spam referrals on a website that no longer exists

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Hi Guys,


So I noticed something a little odd today when running through some old Analytics properties, a website that doesn't exist and has no pages at all has somehow accrued 288 sessions - all with spam referrals.


has anyone else come across a similar issue and could this be used to help block spam referrers (as clearly the code is being triggered from a different location)


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June 2016

Re: Spam referrals on a website that no longer exists

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Hi Richard,

The reason you are seeing spam in an inactive website is because some types of spam don't need a live site to attack, it is enough if the tracking code is created.

Just create a filter that excludes everything. that way you will keep your old data and stop spam from getting in.


Hope it helps,

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