Website that no longer exists is still showing up in Referral traffic after 6 month
I'm trying to figure out a referral source issue for a client of mine. Apparently last fall they setup a microsite for a PPC campaign they ran. That PPC microsite was taken down in October 2015 when the campaign ended, yet for some reason it still shows up on a monthly basis in their Referral traffic report.
The microsite is not indexed and there wasn't a redirect setup. Any idea why this would be happening?
Do I just block it via htaccess? Or simply filter it out in Google Analytics?
Re: Website that no longer exists is still showing up in Referral traffic after 6 month
If it is still hanging around, I'd recommend simply going onto the servers where that site is hosted and delete the files so it is at least now just a blank page if that's a major concern. If you do have a dormant "ghost" site lingering on I'd definitely recommend cleaning it up as abandoned sites are a favorite target of hackers to use to spread their malware around.
Re: Website that no longer exists is still showing up in Referral traffic after 6 month[ Edited ]
April 2016 - last edited April 2016
1) Was there a link from (microsite) to (main site)?
2) and, were they both on different domain or subdomain?
In that case, it could be that some users followed a link from (microsite) to (main site), and now these users are directly visiting the (main site). But since:
- campaign timeout is by default 6 months,
- AND, direct visit never overrides previous campaign source
repeat visit from such users continue to be clubbed under (microsite) / (referral) for next 6 months, unless they re-visit the site from a new campaign source. and I guess [*somebody can confirm this pls.*] each visit extends campaign expiration time further 6 more months
Have a look at this https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/2731565 for more clarification! I guess only solution is - wait few days / weeks and the impact in your reports will be minimal with passing time.