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Spam traffic? How do they even do this?

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I'm not sure if someone asked this already (maybe a trillion times) but please forgive me as I am new here so it's kind of hard to find where everything is at! Anways, here is a screenshot of the stats using the google analytics dashboard plugin for wordpress.

 

http://screencast.com/t/lxW47sYLVM

 

How can I get rid of this? It's hard to analyze data with this deviation. 

 

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

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January 2016

Re: Spam traffic? How do they even do this?

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Hey Aurora,

Google has been cutting down on the spam, but they continue to change and get around the protections.

If you install a valid hostname filter, it will get rid of most of the spam referrals. The remainder can be filtered by excluding them. I maintain an article describing the process to follow, along with updated filter expressions you can use. It's a long read, but there is a link at the top to a free service that can implement the filters for you.
http://help.analyticsedge.com/spam-filter/definitive-guide-to-removing-google-analytics-spam/
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Hey Aurora,

Google has been cutting down on the spam, but they continue to change and get around the protections.

If you install a valid hostname filter, it will get rid of most of the spam referrals. The remainder can be filtered by excluding them. I maintain an article describing the process to follow, along with updated filter expressions you can use. It's a long read, but there is a link at the top to a free service that can implement the filters for you.
http://help.analyticsedge.com/spam-filter/definitive-guide-to-removing-google-analytics-spam/
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Re: Spam traffic? How do they even do this?

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Thank you so much for the fast response! I really appreciate it!