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Referral Spam

Definitive Guide to Removing Referral Spam - Analytics Edge

There is a lot of misinformation out there about clearing out so-called referral spam, so here’s the Definitive Guide to removing all that crap! Website reporting is tough enough, but when you start getting non-human visits in your reports, it makes life really miserable. This article describes three techniques to stop bots and spam referrals from appearing in FUTURE website …

How to Stop Spam Bots from Ruining Your Analytics Referral Data

Don't give spam bots a free ride on your website. Create an inhospitable environment for the invasive pests in a few simple steps.

How To Stop Referrer Spam

Referrer spam is a problem, sending traffic from bots that impersonate a referral link. Follow these steps to ban botnets from skewing your data.

piwik/referrer-spam-blacklist

referrer-spam-blacklist - Community-contributed list of referrer spammers

Segment to Eliminate Spam Referrals - Analytics Edge

As a followup to my popular blog post about filtering out the unwanted spam referrals in Google Analytics, this article shows how to use the same technique to eliminate spam referrals from both crawlers and ghost referrals from your historical reports. Create a New Segment In Google Analytics, open your Reporting view, and click +Add Segment. …

Removing Referral Spam from Google Analytics | Viget

You know what really grinds my gears? Opening up a report in Google Analytics and having to deal with referral spam. In this post, I’ll tell you how to deal with referral spam and why it’s dangerous.

The Ultimate Referrer Blacklist, Featuring Over 8000 Banned Referrers | Perishable Press

Behold the seventh wonder of the modern Web: A Blacklist containing more than 8000 pathetic URLs and bad referrers..

I Don't Like SPAM! Referral Spam, That Is.

To be honest, I don't like any kind of spam -- neither online sorts of spam nor the canned meat (no offense to Hormel, my dad, and other Spam lovers) -- but today's tirade is limited to referral spam.What is Referral Spam? Take a peek in your Google Analytics account. Visit the Referrals report under the Acquisitions module (see the image at left for what to look for). Now, start looking for oddball referrers like:
free-share-buttons.com
googlsucks.com
hulfingtonpost.com (h-u-l-f, not h-u-f-f)
ilovevitaly.com
That is a very short list of the bad referral sources possibly skewing your tra