Twitter keyboard shortcuts (hotkeys)

Twitter keyboard shortcuts (hotkeys)

Twitter keyboard shortcuts (also known as hotkeys) can be used to perform various actions on Twitter. Twitter keyboard shortcuts can be used to reply, direct message, retweet, and more from a device with a keyboard. Twitter keyboard shortcuts can also be used to navigate through Twitter and Timelines.

Here is a list of Twitter keyboard shortcuts (hotkeys) that can make Twitter easier for you:

F – Favorite
R – Reply
T – Retweet
M – Direct Message
N – New Tweet
ENTER – Open Tweet Details
L – Close all open Tweets
? – This menu
J – New Tweet
K – Previous Tweet
SPACE – Page down
/ – Search
. – Load new Tweets
GH – Home
GC – Connect
GA – Activity
GR – Mentions
GD – Discover
GP – Profile
GF – Favorites
GM – Messages
GU – Go to user…

To use these Twitter Keyboard Shortcuts (hotkeys) make sure to be logged into your Twitter account from a device such as a computer with a connected keyboard. Go to Twitter.com and strike the appropriate keyboard key to perform the Twitter Keyboard Shortcut you want to use.

twitter keyboard shortcuts

3 ways to filter vc.ru referrer spam in Google Analytics

3 ways to filter vc.ru referrer spam in Google Analytics

1. Campaign Source Filter  | 2.  Campaign Referral Path Filter | 3. Language Settings Filter

vc.ru spam

What is vc.ru referrer spam?

Vc.ru referrer spam is fraudulent referral traffic that appears in Google Analytics data. Spammers utilize various blackhat SEO techniques in order to make it appear as if web visitors were referred to a webpage on your website that does not exist (such as /news/google-g/) from referrer vc.ru. The purpose of vc.ru referrer spam is to gain your attention and persuade you to visit the address in your browser.

vc.ru webpage

The webpage being spammed on vc.ru (/n/google-russian-spammer) contains an article written about a referrer spammer named Vitaly Poplov. Vitaly is known to spam articles that promote it him or discuss certain topics. Some websites like vice.motherboard.com consciously publish irrelevant articles about the spammer in hopes to get spammed by him.

The downside to vc.ru referral traffic is that it can ruin your Google Analytics data and make it hard to monitor your website’s appropriate information. The traffic acquired from fake vc.ru referrals 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 vc.ru 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.

1. Campaign Source Filter

A campaign source filter can be used to block all vc.ru referral traffic in Google Analytics. To block a specific path on the domain use the Campaign Referral Path Filter below.

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 Vc.ru 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 Vc.ru 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 | Vc.ru

2. Campaign Referral Path Filter

A campaign referral path filter can be used to block single webpages.

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 Vc.ru 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 /n/google-russian-spammer and click the blue Save button on the bottom of the webpage

3. Language Settings Filter

Some spam may appear in your language settings as keywords, phrases, and searched terms. A language settings filter can be used to block language spam in Google Analytics.

1. Log in to your Google Analytics account and go to the Admin tab

2. In the “View” column select Filters and then click + Add Filter

3. Add a Filter Name: Language Spam (or something you can easily remember)

4. Go to: Filter Type > Custom > Exclude

5. Select Filter FieldLanguage settings

6. Add a Filter Pattern\s[^s]*\s|.{15,}|\.|,

7. Click on the blue text that says Verify this filter to see a preview table of how this filter will work in your account. You should only see language spam on the left side of the table: filter-verification-language-spam

8. After you verify the filter click the Save button on the bottom of the page

How to block life.ru referral spam in Google Analytics

How to block life.ru referral spam in Google Analytics

3 Methods: Campaign Source Filter  |  Campaign Referral Path Filter | Language Settings Filter

What is life.ru referral spam?

Life.ru is a website that engages in an unethical blackhat SEO tactic known as referrer spam (or referral spam). The referrer spam website will utilize various blackhat methods in order to promote itself by spamming Google Analytics accounts across the world with fraudulent referral traffic. If you notice life.ru referral traffic in your Google Analytics data it does not mean that someone was actually referred to your website. The spammer utilizes this method in order to obtain your attention and provoke you to visit the URL that was referred to your website.

life.ru referral google analytics

The downside to life.ru referral spam is that it can ruin your Google Analytics data and make it hard to monitor your website’s appropriate information. The traffic acquired from fake life.ru referrals 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.

life.ru website

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 life.ru 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.

Campaign Source Filter

A campaign source filter can be used to block all life.ru referral traffic in Google Analytics. To block a specific path on the domain use the Campaign Referral Path Filter below.

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 Life.ru 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 Life.ru 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 | Life.ru

Campaign Referral Path Filter

A campaign referral path filter can be used to block single webpages.

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 Life.ru 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 a large portion of th permalink from the webpage’s URL you want to block and click the blue Save button on the bottom of the webpage

Language Settings Filter

A language settings filter can be used to block language spam in Google Analytics.

1. Log in to your Google Analytics account and go to the Admin tab

2. In the “View” column select Filters and then click + Add Filter

3. Add a Filter Name: Language Spam (or something you can easily remember)

4. Go to: Filter Type > Custom > Exclude

5. Select Filter FieldLanguage settings

6. Add a Filter Pattern\s[^s]*\s|.{15,}|\.|,

7. Click on the blue text that says Verify this filter to see a preview table of how this filter will work in your account. You should only see language spam on the left side of the table: filter-verification-language-spam

8. After you verify the filter click the Save button on the bottom of the page

How to block Motherboard.vice.com referral spam in Google Analytics

How to block Motherboard.vice.com referral spam in Google Analytics

3 Methods: Create an exclude filter  |  Create a campaign referral path filter | Create a language settings filter

Motherboard.vice.com (vice.com) is a questionable website that utilizes referrer spam in order to desperately obtain online visitors.

Motherboard.vice.com (vice.com) is a questionable website that utilizes referrer spam in order to desperately obtain online visitors. The downside to vice.com’s unethical use of referrer spam is that it can ruin your website’s data collected and monitored by Google Analytics.

motherboard.vice.com spam

In late 2016, a Russian referrer spammer named Vitaly Poplov spammed several well-known third-party websites and vice.com is one of them. Other domain names that this spammer spammed around the same time include lifehacĸer.comreddit.comabc.xyz, thenextweb.com, and addons.mozilla.org.

motherboard.vice.com referral

The reason why this particular spammer is spamming your Google Analytics data with motherboard.vice.com referral traffic is because vice.com published several articles promoting the spammer Poplov and some of his works. At first, vice.com only published one article (http://motherboard.vice.com/read/this-pro-trump-russian-is-spamming-google-analytics); However, once vice.com noticed that Poplov would spam the articles they wrote about him they published even more about him and reached out to him to hold private discussions with him. Now, vice.com utilizes their relationship with Poplov in order to get their content spammed.

Associated urls

  • http://motherboard.vice.com/read/this-pro-trump-russian-is-spamming-google-analytics
  • http://motherboard.vice.com/read/spammer-now-spamming-google-analytics-with-motherboard-article-on-spam
  • https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/google-wins-legal-battle-against-pro-trump-spammer-over-the-letter-g

Poplov has been referrer spamming other URLs in promotion of his own search engine for a very long time and doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon; especially with all the attention he’s getting from websites like vice.com. 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.

motherboard.vice.com google analytics

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 motherboard.vice.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

Use this filter to block all referral traffic from vice.com. To block a webpage on vice.com use the Alternative Filter below.

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 Vice.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 vice.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 | vice.com

Create a campaign referral path 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 Motherboard.vice.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 a section of the webpage’s permalink (ie: /r/technology/comments/read/this-pro-trump) and click the blue Save button on the bottom of the webpage.

Create a language settings filter

1. Log in to your Google Analytics account and go to the Admin tab

2. In the “View” column select Filters and then click + Add Filter

3. Add a Filter Name: Language Spam (or something you can easily remember)

4. Go to: Filter Type > Custom > Exclude

5. Select Filter FieldLanguage settings

6. Add a Filter Pattern\s[^s]*\s|.{15,}|\.|,

7. Click on the blue text that says Verify this filter to see a preview table of how this filter will work in your account. You should only see language spam on the left side of the table: filter-verification-language-spam

8. After you verify the filter click the Save button on the bottom of the page

How to block Google-Liar.Ru spam in Google Analytics

How to block Google-Liar.Ru spam in Google Analytics

3 Methods: Campaign Source Filter  |  Campaign Referral Path Filter | Language Settings Filter

Russian Vitaly Popov is spamming Google-Liar.Ru referral traffic in your Google Analytics after losing domain name to Google.

A Russian referrer spammer named Vitaly Poplov has been taking some heat from Google lately due to his previous referrer spam efforts and domain names he owns that are similar to the Google.com domain. Vitaly is known to spam webpages of legitimate websites and pages of websites he owns across Google Analytics accounts and Google-Liar.Ru 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 google-liar.ru.

google-liar.ru spam

The reason why you are seeing this spam in your Google Analytics reports is because Vitarly Poplov lost a battle with Google due to his ɢoogle.com domain name that appears similar to Google.com (the G is different). Google now has control of Poplov’s ɢoogle.com domain name. Poplov claims that Google lied to acquire his domain name and that he wants the world to know.

Vitaly has been spamming many URLs and hidden keywords in promotion of his own ventures for a very long time. 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 google-liar.ru 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.

Campaign Source 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 Google-Liar.Ru 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 Google-Liar.Ru 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 | Google-Liar.Ru

Campaign Referral Path 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 Google-Liar.Ru 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 Google-Liar.Ru (or a larger portion of th permalink) and click the blue Save button on the bottom of the webpage

Language Settings Filter

A language settings filter can be used to block language spam in Google Analytics.

1. Log in to your Google Analytics account and go to the Admin tab

2. In the “View” column select Filters and then click + Add Filter

3. Add a Filter Name: Language Spam (or something you can easily remember)

4. Go to: Filter Type > Custom > Exclude

5. Select Filter FieldLanguage settings

6. Add a Filter Pattern\s[^s]*\s|.{15,}|\.|,

7. Click on the blue text that says Verify this filter to see a preview table of how this filter will work in your account. You should only see language spam on the left side of the table: filter-verification-language-spam

8. After you verify the filter click the Save button on the bottom of the page

How to block Washingtonpost.com referral spam in Google Analytics

How to block Washingtonpost.com referral spam in Google Analytics

3 Methods: Campaign Source Filter  |  Campaign Referral Path Filter | Language Settings Filter

A Russian spammer is spamming Washingtonpost.com referral traffic in your Google Analytics data to show support for Trump.

A famous Russian referrer spammer named Vitaly Poplov has been on quite a campaign lately. He recently started to spam webpages of legitimate websites across Google Analytics accounts and Washingtonpost.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 washingtonpost.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.

washingtonpost.com referral

The reason why you are seeing this spam in your Google Analytics reports is because Washington Post published an article references Donald Trump’s victory with the electoral college vote (https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-electoral-college-is-poised-to-pick-trump-despite-push-to-dump-him/2016/12/19/75265c16-c58f-11e6-85b5-76616a33048d_story.html?utm_term=.6f56a5bfcfd1). Vitaly is a Trump supporter and has spammed secret messages in Google Analytics reports in support of his presidency before.

washingtonpost.com spam

The spammer is doing this all for fun. It is not malicious at this time. Vitaly 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.

washingtonpost.com google analytics

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 washingtonpost.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.

Campaign Source Filter

Only use this filter if you do not wish to receive referral traffic from Washingtonpost.com. Washingtonpost.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.

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 Washingtonpost.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 Washingtonpost.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 | Washingtonpost.com

Campaign Referral Path 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 Washingtonpost.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 /politics/the-electoral-college-is-poised (or a larger portion of th permalink) and click the blue Save button on the bottom of the webpage

Language Settings Filter

A language settings filter can be used to block language spam in Google Analytics.

1. Log in to your Google Analytics account and go to the Admin tab

2. In the “View” column select Filters and then click + Add Filter

3. Add a Filter Name: Language Spam (or something you can easily remember)

4. Go to: Filter Type > Custom > Exclude

5. Select Filter FieldLanguage settings

6. Add a Filter Pattern\s[^s]*\s|.{15,}|\.|,

7. Click on the blue text that says Verify this filter to see a preview table of how this filter will work in your account. You should only see language spam on the left side of the table: filter-verification-language-spam

8. After you verify the filter click the Save button on the bottom of the page

How to block smallseotools.com referral spam in Google Analytics

How to block smallseotools.com referral spam in Google Analytics

3 Methods: Campaign Source Filter  |  Campaign Referral Path Filter | Language Settings Filter

What is Smallseotools.com?

Smallseotools.com is a referrer spam website that provides questionable online marketing tools including a Plagiarism Checker, Reverse Image Search, and Article Rewritter. The website and tools provided by the website are not to be trusted due to the way the website is marketed.

smallseotools.com referral

Smallseotools.com utilizes referrer spam to promote itself. Referrer spam is a blackhat marketing tactic that allows the spam site to target Google Analytics accounts around the world with deceptive referral traffic. The spam site will make it appear as if visitors were referred to your website from the website even though no one actually stepped foot on your server. In some cases, referrer spammers use bots and crawlers that can eat up bandwidth; However that does not seem to be the case here.

smallseotools.com spam

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.

Campaign Source Filter

A campaign source filter is a simple exclude filter that blocks referrals from a domain name 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 Campaign Source Filter 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 Smallseotools.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 | Smallseotools.com

Campaign Referral Path Filter

A campaign referral path filter can be used to block a string of the URL path if you are getting spammed by webpages on legitimate websites. This filter will not block referrals in Google Analytics from the entire domain name; just the webpage.

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 Campaign Referral Path 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 a partial string of the URL (permalink) and click the blue Save button on the bottom of the webpage.

Language Settings Filter

A language settings filter can be used to block language spam in Google Analytics.

1. Log in to your Google Analytics account and go to the Admin tab

2. In the “View” column select Filters and then click + Add Filter

3. Add a Filter Name: Language Spam (or something you can easily remember)

4. Go to: Filter Type > Custom > Exclude

5. Select Filter FieldLanguage settings

6. Add a Filter Pattern\s[^s]*\s|.{15,}|\.|,

7. Click on the blue text that says Verify this filter to see a preview table of how this filter will work in your account. You should only see language spam on the left side of the table: filter-verification-language-spam

8. After you verify the filter click the Save button on the bottom of the page

How to block analytics-ads.xyz referral spam in Google Analytics

How to block analytics-ads.xyz referral spam in Google Analytics

3 Methods: Campaign Source Filter  |  Campaign Referral Path Filter | Language Settings Filter

What is analytics-ads.xyz?

Analytics-ads.xyz is a website that claims to be owned by well-known Russian spammer Vitaly Poplov; However, Vitaly does not own it. The website is used by an unknown spammer trying to profit on Vitaly’s name. The spammer will spam your Google Analytics data with fake referral traffic from the webiste in order to get your attention and provoke you to visit the URL in your browser. This is a blackhat SEO tactic known as referrer spam. The website acts as an advertising platform for the spammer and his alleged blackhat Google Analytics services. The website claims “Your advertising will see 7816821 webmasters. If you are interested in Webmaster traffic, email me.” The website also says “Vitaly rules Google” on the homepage.

analytics-ads.xyz referral

Referrer spam is a blackhat online marketing strategy that allows a spammer to target Google Analytics accounts around the world with deceptive referral traffic. The spammer will make it appear as if visitors were referred to your website from a third-party domain name even though no one actually stepped foot on your server. This is not the type of service you want associated with your website. If your website is associated with referrer spam it is likely that you will become blacklisted around the web as spam.

analytics-ads.xyz spam

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. Here are a few ways to block analytics-ads.xyz referral spam in Google Analytics:

Campaign Source Filter

A campaign source filter is a simple exclude filter that blocks referrals from a domain name 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 Campaign Source Filter 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 Analytics-ads.xyz 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 | Analytics-ads.xyz

Campaign Referral Path Filter

A campaign referral path filter can be used to block a string of the URL path if you are getting spammed by webpages on legitimate websites. This filter will not block referrals in Google Analytics from the entire domain name; just the webpage.

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 Campaign Referral Path 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 a partial string of the URL (permalink) and click the blue Save button on the bottom of the webpage.

Language Settings Filter

A language settings filter can be used to block language spam in Google Analytics.

1. Log in to your Google Analytics account and go to the Admin tab

2. In the “View” column select Filters and then click + Add Filter

3. Add a Filter Name: Language Spam (or something you can easily remember)

4. Go to: Filter Type > Custom > Exclude

5. Select Filter FieldLanguage settings

6. Add a Filter Pattern\s[^s]*\s|.{15,}|\.|,

7. Click on the blue text that says Verify this filter to see a preview table of how this filter will work in your account. You should only see language spam on the left side of the table: filter-verification-language-spam

8. After you verify the filter click the Save button on the bottom of the page

How to Block Twitter.com Referral Spam in Google Analytics

How to Block Twitter.com Referral Spam in Google Analytics

3 Methods: Campaign Soure Filter  |  Campaign Referral Path Filter | Language Settings Filter

A Russian spammer is using Twitter.com referral traffic to promote his Twitter page and spam “Vitaly rules google” in Google Analytics.

A Russian referrer spammer named Vitaly Poplov is back at it again. His new target is Twitter.com. Vitaly is a Russian spammer who has been spamming his personal search engine and projects for quite a while. He recently started to spam webpages of legitimate websites across Google Analytics accounts and Twitter.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 twitter.com and a page title called “Vitaly rules google.” Previous domain names that this spammer has spammed include motherboard.vice.comlifehacĸer.comreddit.comabc.xyz, thenextweb.com, and addons.mozilla.org.

twitter.com referral spam

If  you visit the referral path in your browser you will be taken to Vitaly’s Twiter page here: https://twitter.com/3mapsVitaly. The reason why Vitaly is spamming your Google Analytics data with Twitter.com referral traffic is to promote his Twitter page. He also enjoys the attention he gets by other websites by sending hidden messages.

Vitaly rules google

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 twitter.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.

Campgian Source Filter

Only use this filter if you do not wish to receive referral traffic from Twitter.com. Twitter.com is one of the most popular websites in the world 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.

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 Twitter.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 Twitter.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 | Twitter.com

Campaign Referral Path Filter

Create a campaign referral path filter to block Vitaly’s Twitter page only and no other pages on Twitter.com.

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 Twitter.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 3mapsVitaly and click the blue Save button on the bottom of the webpage

Language Settings Filter

A language settings filter can be used to block language spam in Google Analytics.

1. Log in to your Google Analytics account and go to the Admin tab

2. In the “View” column select Filters and then click + Add Filter

3. Add a Filter Name: Language Spam (or something you can easily remember)

4. Go to: Filter Type > Custom > Exclude

5. Select Filter FieldLanguage settings

6. Add a Filter Pattern\s[^s]*\s|.{15,}|\.|,

7. Click on the blue text that says Verify this filter to see a preview table of how this filter will work in your account. You should only see language spam on the left side of the table: filter-verification-language-spam

8. After you verify the filter click the Save button on the bottom of the page