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Unknown Blogger Data Source(s)

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In reviewing our social referrals for the past month, for the first time ever Blogger has shown up with a relatively high number of sessions, but upon clicking on Blogger to determine what article sources account for the data no data shows up. We have nothing associated with Blogger to my knowledge and therefore confused as to why this data is showing up. Is this spam or am I missing something that would allow me to see where the Blogger data is being generated from?

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Hi Jamie,

Did you drill down to see from where on blogger the traffic is coming?

And yes, it could be spam but blogger is not one of the normal ones. Smiley Happy

Best,

Theo Bennett
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Hi, Theo!

Thank you for your reply!

Yes, I did in fact drill down to see from where on Blogger the traffic is
coming and nothing shows up, which is my issue. It says 25 Network Referral
sessions are coming from Blogger, but no source is listed upon which this
data is being generated from.

I know Blogger is not a normal spam culprit, however, we have nothing
connected to Blogger and have not tracked any Blogger data in the past year
at least, which is why I believe it is spam but wanted to see if there was
anything else I was missing before I discount this piece of data in our
overall report.

Thanks!

Carrie Wilson

Re: Unknown Blogger Data Source(s)

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Hi Carrie,

If there is no referral path, then try to pull in some secondary dimensions to help you make a determination. Start with hostname to see if this is actually or at least spoofed as a hit coming from your site (something an include hostname filter for your filtered views would prevent). You could also look at some geo location data to see if this is clustered together. You could also create a segment for these sessions and use all of the reports to help you get a feel for it or to identify a user agent or something that would allow you to easily filter it out - -if it is indeed spam.

Best,

Theo Bennett

Analytics Evangelist at MoreVisibility | Contact Me
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Thank you, Theo!

I did in fact confirm that it is spam coming from [
eu-cookie-law.blogspot.com], through some secondary dimension filters.

Thank you for working with me in providing some directives to allow me to
confirm whether or not this was spam or a legitimate referral source. I
will go ahead and exclude this piece of data from the compile.

Thanks again!

Carrie Wilson

Re: Unknown Blogger Data Source(s)

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Hi Carrie,

No worries. Smiley Happy

Cheers,

Theo
Analytics Evangelist at MoreVisibility | Contact Me
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