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Tracking, as secret.google.com?!

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Hi guys,

I have just noted that during the 2016 US Presidential Elections, somebody has been registered in my Analytics tracking as 'Vote for Trump!'. Thought I would report this.

 

Also, curious if you happen to know how this could have happened?

 

 

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Hi @V,

 

What you see is analytics spam. You should create filters in your Analytics to exclude it from your data. You will find more information about it and how to create the filter in this article.

 

Hope it helps,

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Tracking, as 'Vote for Trump!'?!

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Thank you! I got the same thing in my analysis. 

Tracking, as 'Vote for Trump!'?!

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Thank-you!

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Same problem. I just want to confirm it's not a hacker on our site. Is this correct?

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Tracking, as 'Vote for Trump!'?!

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I keep having this issue.  What can be dib to stop it?

Tracking, as 'Vote for Trump!'?!

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Don't worry @Phyllise K, this particular traffic is spam you haven't been hacked.

 

@Petra Pthe guide mentioned above will help you stop this and any other type of spam. Smiley Happy

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Funny thing I saw when I added the secondary dimension "Country" - it all comes from Russia.

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I started a google adwords campaign. My analytics does not mirror the clics I am getting and as a matter of fact a large proportion of the traffic comes from this Russian spam. Am I paying for that? Quite new in all this and I paused my campaign. Very disturbing. Thanks for any advice.

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@Maurice A this is fake traffic sent directly to Analytics, it never passes through your server/site so you shouldn't worry about that. Apply the filters and you should be fine

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