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GA Showing Traffic for site that doesn't Exist

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I shut down a site earlier this year, removed the hosting closed the domain, but Google Analytics is still showing traffic coming to the site for the whole year.

 

How is that possible?

 

If the site doesn't exist, where can the code possibly be firing from?

 

Very Strange

 

 

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Re: GA Showing Traffic for site that doesn't Exist

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Hi Mark,

Please go to Audience -> Technology -> Network and select hostname below the graph.
The report will show every domain on which your GA tracking code has been triggered. If you see (not set) or unknow hostnames that's referral spam. Spammers are sending data directly to your GA account using the measurement protocol without visiting your site. Hope this helps, let me know if you have more questions. Here are some great articles about referral spam:

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

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Re: GA Showing Traffic for site that doesn't Exist

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What Arnold said but the nickname would be Ghost Spam.