How to block referral spam

Sean Doyle

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

17 Responses

  1. Capucine says:

    Thanks = panic over!

  2. Hi – When I click on Filter in Google Analytics, I don’t get the Add Filter option – am I doing something wrong? Great article by the way, was wondering what this was!

  3. Jason says:

    Helpful article!

  4. Keith_H says:

    This has been an eye-opener. Unfortunately, since performing the edit, Google Analytics has not picked up a single hit on my website, and I know there have been visitors.

    • Keith_H says:

      When creating the filter, I interpreted the message from Google that the Language Filter text should have the final comma removed. I have a view where the filter text ends with the comma (as above) and several days later I am now seeing traffic.

  5. Tricia says:

    Thank you so much for this!

  6. Cheerons says:

    Really this article makes me understand ‘’ and its effects. Thanks for sharing such helpful article!

  7. James Allen says:

    I’m wondering why Google doesn’t remove the extension if this is spamming their own analytics. Perhaps because it’s so new they haven’t come across it yet?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Thank you, very well explained, Ill be sure to do this right now!

  9. Bijay Kumar says:

    Really this article make me understand ‘’ and it’s effects. Thanks for such helpful article!

  10. nooksopot says:

    Thanks for sharing this blog, If we have any website that we are working on then these kind of spams are always are there. I’ve been facing spam from sometime. I’ll surely going to add this filter on my analytics.

  11. Michaeli says:

    Thank you so much! This tutorial was very helpful in explaining why this happened and how we can fix it!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for explaining, really useful.

  13. Swapnil says:

    Thanks mate. I thought I got a copyright complaint. I just Google about it and found your article. It helped me to understand this copyright complaint traffic.

  14. Andre says:

    Thanks Sean. I’ve never seen this until today when it appeared on one of my client’s accounts. Your article helped heaps.

  15. Soumyabrata says:

    Thanks for the info. It really helps.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Great write up, I’ve just now implemented this by following your steps. I hope it will work, and thanks.

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