What is original-paintingsor.info and how do I block it?

Sean Doyle

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

7 Responses

  1. Rachel Kobin says:

    Hi Sean,
    Thank you so much for posting this article. The oddest thing is that the traffic referred by original-paintingsor.info/Texture Tsunami actually resulted in my client getting phone calls that are legitimate leads. Granted, they’re not for the part of his business that’s the most lucrative, so he started getting annoyed, which is how I found out about it, but what I want to know is how that happened. I did put the filters on, and I reported the url as spam to Google, but I’m concerned my client will continue to get a lot of calls. Mostly, I’m curious to know how people from the correct geographical area who actually want kitchen cabinets painted got to that particular page on his website. I wish I could get them to the interior or exterior painting pages because that’s what would make him more money. Thank you in advance for your time.

    • Sean Doyle says:

      Hello, I can’t explain why he might be getting more leads but I can take a wild guess. It is possible that his content is being searched for and found in search results. His content might be ranking higher for some reason or people are becoming more interested.

      I do find it very unlikely that original-paintingsor.info is the cause of the phone calls. From what I understand, referral traffic from original-paintingsor.info is automatic ghost traffic. No one was actually referred to the site from original-paintingsor.info. The referral traffic only targets and shows up in Google Analytics data.

  2. Thank you so much for posting this useful information. We have recently got the referrer traffic from this site. When we checked this domain name they redirected to some other url. They seem to be looking like an original traffic source, but when we research on Google about it, we find your great article on it. Now I have blocked this domain. Thanks again for helping us.

  3. dax munro says:

    Thank you so much for posting this handy guide. I was just checking my analytics and used your guide to filter out the same web address. Much appreciated. 🙂

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for this!

  5. FactPros says:

    Thank you Sean. I got lots of traffic exactly from that site. Now, I know it is something that needs to be filtered our from Google Analytics. For sure, I will follow your detailed instruction.

  6. infocrest says:

    helpful blog for exclude spam traffic from google analytics

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