How to Block Blackhatworld.com Referral Spam

3 Methods: Create an Exclude Filter  |  Alternative Filter | Filter Language Spam in Google Analytics

A Russian spammer is back spamming Blackhatworld.com after finishing his campaign with Motherboard.vice.com.

A Russian referrer spammer named Vitaly recently started to spam webpages of legitimate websites across Google Analytics accounts and Blackhatworld.com is one of them. If your Google Analytics data is randomly targeted by the spammer you will notice an unusual amount of referral traffic coming from a webpage on blackhatworld.com. Other legitimate (and legitimate-looking) domain names that this spammer has spammed include motherboard.vice.comlifehacĸer.comreddit.comabc.xyz, thenextweb.com, and addons.mozilla.org.

Blackhatworld.com referral

The reason why you are seeing this spam is because a thread was published here (https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/this-guy-not-one-f-ck-given.897424/) that talks about Vitaly and his recent spam campaign with vice.com. Vitaly seems to enjoy the attention he gets form other webistes and will spam their webpages around if they speak about him. The spam has nothing to do with the acutal website, so don’t blame them.

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Furthermore, this spammer has been spamming other URLs and hidden keywords in promotion of his own search engine for a very long time and he doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. The downside to this persistent spammer is that his work can ruin your Google Analytics data and make it hard to monitor your website’s appropriate information. The traffic acquired from referrer spam can affect most of the data in your GA reports. For example, the referrals will appear to land on a single webpage on your website and leave from the same website and this will create a 100% bounce rate. If your website is targeted by referrer spammers you may not be able to identify your website’s actual bounce rate unless you filter the traffic out.

Although referrer spam can ruin your analytical data it will not harm your website or affect your website’s SEO, including your rank in Google search results pages. This is simply spam that wants to get your attention.

The spammer will utilize various tactics in order to make it look like your website received referral traffic from blackhatworld.com even though it really did not. This type of web traffic is a specific type of web traffic known as “ghost traffic.” The spammer essentially sends phantom visitors to your website’s Google Analytics account in order to make it appear as if someone visited your website from the referral URL.

Referrer spammers usually target your website’s data for several reasons:

  • Referrer spammers want to promote a website and want you to visit the webpage or search for it online through Google search engine results pages.
  • Referrer spammers want to boost their rank on Google search engine results pages by creating backlinks. They do this by logging requests into your website’s access log, which is then crawled by Google’s indexing bots and seen as a backlink to the spam site.

Create an Exclude Filter

Only use this filter if you do not wish to receive referral traffic from Blackhatworld.com. Blackhatworld.com is a popular website and blocking referral traffic from the website might be the optimal choice. I do not recommend that you block all traffic from this website. To block the exact referral path use the Alternative Filter below or Filter Language Spam in Google Analytics.

1. Open your Google Analytics account and go to the Admin tab > Click Filters on the right side in the VIEW section.

2. Click the + ADD FILTER button to create a new exclude filter.

3. Add Blackhatworld.com or something you can easily remember as the Filter Name.

4. Select the Custom Filter Type.

5. In Filter Field, find and select Campaign Source in the list. In the Filter Pattern text box, add Blackhatworld.com and click the blue Save button on the bottom of the webpage. To add multiple URLs to the same filter you can make a Filter Pattern similar to this with a | between each URL: Example.com | Example\.com | Blackhatworld.com

Alternative Filter

1. Open your Google Analytics account and go to the Admin tab > Click Filters on the right side in the VIEW section.

2. Click the + ADD FILTER button to create a new exclude filter.

3. Add Blackhatworld.com or something you can easily remember as the Filter Name.

4. Select the Custom Filter Type.

5. In Filter Field, find and select Campaign Referral Path in the list. In the Filter Pattern text box, add /seo/this-guy-not-one-f-ck-given.897424/and click the blue Save button on the bottom of the webpage

  • I have just started to get traffic from BlackHatWorld and I got suspicious as I have never mentioned my website there. I also searched their website and found nothing and then finally I checked the exact location of that traffic from Google analytics. Thanks a lot for your article I know that actually is happening and this is nothing more than referral traffic.

  • Shawna F.

    Thank you! Very helpful 🙂