How to block get-here-web.com referral traffic in Google Analytics
Get-here-web.com is a domain name used to spam the sites in your Google Analytics account with fake referral traffic. In reality, no referral traffic was sent to your website from get-here-web.com. The purpose of this type of spam is to catch your attention and persuade you to visit get-here-web.com.
This type of spam is known as referrer spam and the owners of get-here-web.com have utilized the black hat SEO tactic for many years. Semalt.com owns get-here-web.com along with many other domain names and on every business day, Semalt.com will use a new domain name to spam Google Analytics accounts with fake referral traffic.
It’s not recommended to visit get-here-web.com because the primary purpose of the domain name is to spam you and potentially harm your Google Analytics data. However, if you do visit get-here-web.com you will be forwarded to a website such as http://seo2.homesbyweb.co.uk/?site=http://get-here-web, http://seo2.bournemouthkawasakiracing.co.uk/?site=http://, http://seo2.inkstoneeditorial.com/?site=http://, http://seo2.clientsothersite.com/?site=http://, or other. The page you are forwarded to contains a text field where you can submit your website for an audit and if you submit your site you will be forwarded to https://semalt.com/?s=http://[search term]&ref=test2 and then to https://semalt.com/project/[project ID].
Semalt will then attempt to obtain information about you and get you to link a social media account to their website. If you provide Semalt with your email address you will receive deceptive spam messages from Semalt each day so I suggest that you don’t give them a way to contact you.
Is referrer spam harmful?
Referrer spam may seem harmless or somewhat of a nuisance but it can actually ruin your Google Analytics data by manufacturing incorrect information. For example, fake visitors from get-here-web.com appear to visit only one page on your site and leave your site from the same page. This creates a 100% bounce rate and measures to 1 page per session. Visitors also average 00:00:00 length of a session, among other changes to various site metrics.
Also, keep in mind that no one was actually referred to your website from get-here-web.com. No one used your bandwidth or took a step onto your site’s server, so get-here-web.com referral traffic is just filling your reports with false information.
How to create a filter
Here’s how to create a campaign source filter to block all get-here-web.com referral traffic in Google Analytics.
- Open your Google Analytics account and go to Admin > Filters (on the right side in the VIEW section).
- Click the + ADD FILTER button.
- Create a Filter Name such as “get-here-web.com filter” or “Semalt filter.”
- Select the Custom Filter Type.
- In Filter Field, find and select Campaign Source.
- In the Filter Pattern text box, add get-here-web.com and click the blue Save button on the bottom of the web page.
To add multiple domain names to the same filter you can make a Filter Pattern similar to this with a | between each URL: Example.com | Example\.com | get-here-web.com