How to Block Referral Spam in Google Analytics

Sean Doyle

Sean Doyle is an engineer from Los Angeles, California. Sean's primary focuses include Internet Security, Web Spam, and Online Marketing.

6 Responses

  1. Peter W says:

    Hi Sean,
    I see that you have posted more of these similiar articles about this referral spam which has been coming up the last days in our google analytics reports. (especially .xyz)
    Maybe you could summerize them for us in a single filter?

  2. Tohir says:

    What impact to our website?, if trafic from abc(.)xyz (ghost trafic).. or it’s just impact to analytic only,,


  3. Azad Shah says:

    Well what I learned from browsing the internet that these spam traffic sites dont hurt your site. We need to confirm this officially confirm from Google though…

  4. Forsal says:

    How can I stop getting them to my website? Is this harming my website? I do not want to exclude them but wants to block them accessing my website.!

    • Bryan says:

      Hi Forsal,

      As you can read in the article, they do not actually visit your website. The spam is designed to make you think someone is accessing your website, but it is actually a ‘ghost visitor’. There is no actual visit on your website. Therefore by adding the filter mentioned in the article you are completely safe, no harm is done to your website.

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