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What is pingl.net and how do I block spam from the site?

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Learn what pingl.net is, why the site is spamming you, and how to block unwanted referrer spam in Google Analytics.

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What is Pingl.net?


Pingl.net is a website that bolsters a “notification referrer service,” also known as referrer spam service. The website claims that they supply a growth hacking technology dedicated to qualified lead acquisition mainly for B2B transactions.

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Pingl.net promotes their website by engaging in referrer spam indexing, which is why you might be wondering who they are.

Pingl.net utilizes various blackhat methods to make it appear as if someone was referred to your website from another domain name such as perform-likeir-alibaba.info. If you visit the URL in your browser you will be forwarded to https://www.pingl.net/?ck=180924 or another page on the site.

Even though it appears as if a visitor was referred to your website from another site no onewas actually referred to your site from the URL. It is simply a gimmick used to persuade you to visit the URL in your browser so you can view services provided by pingl.net and potentially become a customer.

Website owners and other people who monitor Google Analytics data will notice real-time and historical referral traffic coming from pingl.net 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 pingl.net they might be suspicious as to why someone is visiting their website from a  page on the pingl.net 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 pingl.net 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 pingl.net 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 pingl.net (or the URL that was spamming you) and click the blue Save button on the bottom of the web page. 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 | pingl.net

Campaign Referral Path Filter


A campaign referral path filter can be used to block single web pages.

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 pingl.net 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 web page

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

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Jared Harrison is an accomplished tech author and entrepreneur, bringing forth over 20 years of extensive expertise in cybersecurity, privacy, malware, Google Analytics, online marketing, and various other tech domains. He has made significant contributions to the industry and has been featured in multiple esteemed publications. Jared is widely recognized for his keen intellect and innovative insights, earning him a reputation as a respected figure in the tech community.

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