How to block site1.floating-share-buttons.com referral spam

How to block site1.floating-share-buttons.com referral spam

Site1.floating-share-buttons.com is a URL that engages in referrer spam indexing tactics aimed at your website’s analytical data. Site1.floating-share-buttons.com referral spam is used to promote spammy websites and boost their rank in Google search results pages by generating backlinks off your website’s access logs. However, by doing this site1.floating-share-buttons.com referrer spam can cause a lot of unwanted issues for webmasters, website owners, bloggers, and basically anyone who values their website’s analytical data.

site1.floating-share-buttons.com referral spam

Referrer spam can destroy your website’s appropriate data measured by services such as Google Analytics. This includes the Audience, Acquisition, and Behavior analytical data measured by the service. For example, referrer spam can ruin your bounce rate, geographical information, and ultimately everything else found under those sections in the GA platform. Website data such as the bounce rate is affected by referrer spam because the spam URL only lands on a single webpage and leaves your website from the same webpage, thus producing a 100% bounce rate.

This guide will help you block site1.floating-share-buttons.com referral spam in Google Analytics and stop site1.floating-share-buttons.com referrer spam with your website’s .htaccess file in order to stop receiving unwanted referral traffic from site1.floating-share-buttons.com.

What is site1.floating-share-buttons.com?

Site1.floating-share-buttons.com is a sub-domain of floating-share-buttons.com that engages in referrer spam indexing tactics aimed at your website’s analytical data. Site1.floating-share-buttons referrer spam is designed to manufacture repeated site requests onto your website at any given time and from any location using traffic bots, malware, and other blackhat tactics. The benefits that referral spammers have by engaging in referrer spamming index tactics is that it will help them advertise the website they want people to visit, which is sharebutton.to, and it will improve the spammers search engine ranking by creating backlinks to their website off your website’s access log. The downside is that referrals from site1.floating-share-buttons.com can interfere with your Google Analytics data and other metrics, as well as use a website’s bandwidth by creating repeat site requests.

Referrer spam is a blackhat SEO tactic used to promote online content. Spammers target the referral traffic of your website for several reasons:

  • Spammers want to promote a webpage and want you to visit the webpage or search for it online – and visit it through Google search engine results pages.
  • 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 and seen as a backlink to the spam site.

site1.floating-share-buttons.com referrer spam is not entirely dangerous to your website. It will most likely not cause any trouble with how your website is accessed by your visitors or ranked by Google. However, in some cases site1.floating-share-buttons.com spam may use up your website’s bandwidth and CPU by creating multiple site requests to your website. In other cases, the spam URL is served to your analytical data by traffic bots which create ghost hits and never actually land on your website.

1. How to block site1.floating-share-buttons.com referral spam in Google Analytics

To block site1.floating-share-buttons.com referrer spam in Google Analytics follow the instructions below. Blocking site1.floating-share-buttons.com referrer spam in Google Analytics by creating an exclude filter will only mask the spam URL. To block the referrer spam URL at the sources see the instructions below to block site1.floating-share-buttons.com referrer spam using your website’s .htaccess file.

1. Open your Google Analytics account and go to the Admin tab and click All Filters.

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2. Click the New Filter button to create a new filter.

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3. Add site1.floating-share-buttons.com as the Filter Name.

4. Select the Custom Filter Type.

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5. In Filter Field, find and select Campaign Source in the list. In the Filter Pattern text box, add site1.floating-share-buttons.com and click the Save button on the bottom of the webpage.

2. How to block site1.floating-share-buttons.com referral spam with your .htaccess file

To block site1.floating-share-buttons.com referrer spam at the source using your .htacess file add the code below to your .htaccess file.

## SITE REFERRER BANNING
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} site1.floating-share-buttons.com [NC,OR]
RewriteRule .* - [F]

Sean Doyle

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