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Hello,

I redeveloped a 10 year old .asp site, making it fully secure, responsive, WordPress, new host, URL structure changes, plus changed the domain name to no longer have a "-" in it.

 

This updated site recenlty went live December 1st.

 

I'm seeing something odd in the Google Analytics. It started the day the site went live. It shows approximatley 35% of all sessions per day are in the Boston MA geo location, 100% are new sessions, using only 1 page per session, 0 time average per session, generating 100% bounce rate. Technbology is IE 9.0 approximately 85% of the time.

 

The above activity was not occurring in the old site previous to this update.

 

Do you have any idea why this could be happening? Or how I can omit it from Google Analytics including it in the sites average Bounce Rate?

 

Thanks,
Rick K

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Hi Rick,

This is referral spam. Spammers are sending data directly to your GA account using the measurement protocol without visiting your site. Here are some great articles about referral spam:

https://www.optimizesmart.com/what-i-learned-from-trying-to-fix-the-ghost-referrer-spam-in-google-an...

https://www.optimizesmart.com/geek-guide-removing-referrer-spam-google-analytics/

Hope this helps.

Arnold Majlath, Google Analytics Top Contributor
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