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Google analytics direct traffic spike

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Hello,


What should I do to control direct traffic (not set) as reported in Google Analytic and they have heavy bounce rate.

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Neeraj

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Hi Neeraj,

You may be getting referral spam. Add a secondary dimension of hostname to see if it's from your site.

Adding an include filter for your own hostname is a great first line of defense.

 

 

 

Obviously you can ignore the sub in the screenshot example. A filter like this would exclude traffic that came from other sites/spammers.   Be sure to test this in a duplicate view first and promote it to your analysis views while maintaining an unfiltered view of your data as well.

 

Best,

 

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Sorry.. getting an error when adding images.. must be a problem with the community.
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Theo when you tried to add an image did it say something about html tag I get that error when I try and add an image.

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Yes, that was it. Invalid html.
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Hmm it must be intermittent as I see some can attach images I use to be able but it quit recently with that same error. Hopefully GA is working on the issue.