What is better-seo-promotion.com and how do I filter it? (Free Guide)


Better-seo-promotion.com


Learn what better-seo-promotion.com is, why better-seo-promotion.com is spamming you, and how to filter unwanted referral traffic in Google Analytics.

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What is Better-seo-promotion.com?


Better-seo-promotion.com is one of the latest domain names used to promote Semalt.com’s online SEO services. You might notice better-seo-promotion.com referral traffic in your Google Analytics data. This is because Semalt utilizes a blackhat SEO method called referrer spam indexing.

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The better-seo-promotion.com domain name is used to spam your Google Analytics data with fake referral traffic in order to grab your attention and coax you to visit the website in your browser. It will appear as if someone visited your website from better-seo-promotion.com and landed on a web page on your site that does not exist such as /h/10016924.html; However, no one was actually referred to your website.

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If you visit better-seo-promotion.com you will be forwarded to http://seo2.thehiveblog.net/?site=http://. This page contains a search field that asks you for your domain name. If you enter your domain name and click ‘START NOW’ you will be forwarded to https://semalt.com/rankings and on this page Semalt tries to peddle you their shady marketing services. Semalt  has previously used the same spamming method with many other domain names including free-seo-help.org and many others.

Better-seo-promotion.com employs various blackhat methods to make it appear as if someone was referred to your website from the domain name. However, no visitor was actually referred to the website from the URL. It is simply a gimmick to persuade you to visit the URL in your browser so you can view Semalt services.

Website owners and other people who monitor Google Analytics data will notice real-time and historical referral traffic coming from better-seo-promotion.com mixed in with real analytical data. Most of the time the spam will make it appear as if someone was referred to your website multiple times in order to position the referral traffic data at the top of the accumulated list in your reports.

When a website owner or someone monitoring the data sees the large amount of referral traffic from better-seo-promotion.com they might be suspicious as to why someone is visiting their website from a  page on the better-seo-promotion.com website. The website uses this technique to dupe people into searching for the website on a search engine such as Google and visiting the website by typing it into the address bar in order to obtain potential customers.

Although this sort of traffic might sound innocent, referrer spam can actually ruin your website’s analytical data and make it difficult to understand your website’s exact traffic metrics. The traffic acquired from fake referrals can affect most of the data in your GA reports. For example, the fake referrals will appear to land on a single web page 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.

Campaign Source Filter


A campaign source filter can be used to block all better-seo-promotion.com referral traffic 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 better-seo-promotion.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 better-seo-promotion.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 | better-seo-promotion.com

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 better-seo-promotion.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 permalink from the referred URL and click the blue Save button on the bottom of the webpage

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

Sean Doyle

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