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[Method] How my competitor screwed my analytics

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by RightInTwo, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. RightInTwo

    RightInTwo Power Member

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    Let me first say that I DO NOT CONDONE THIS. I wanted to share this with the community to be on the lookout for this in case it happens to you.

    I rely pretty heavily on Google Analytics for my website. I know where all my traffic is coming from, where to improve, and also what keywords are working. That was all until a competitor of mine decided to take my tracking code that is on display in my source code and install it on every single one of his sites- and he has a ton of sites that are not related to this niche.

    Literally overnight, my analytics reports were a mess and were virtually unreadable. Traffic was pouring in from all kinds of whacked out sites and my keyword summaries where ridiculous. Fortunately I had a hunch who did it and was able to send a nice little letter from my lawyer.

    I have no idea what I would have done if I didn't know where to send the letter to. Does anyone know what to do in that situation? Be on the lookout, it was a huge pain!
     
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  2. crowly

    crowly Regular Member

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    sounds crazy mate, glad you sorted this out
     
  3. dtodo

    dtodo Junior Member

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    really really crazy, thanks for the alert!
     
  4. flaw3d

    flaw3d Regular Member

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    wow, crazy idea.

    I would have to recommend if possible to include another analytics service just so your not 100% reliant on GA.
     
  5. xPWN1t

    xPWN1t Regular Member

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    This is why I use software on my server to track my traffic directly from Apache. No outside sources can interfere with my reports.
     
  6. PinchofSalt

    PinchofSalt Registered Member

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    get a different analytics account
     
  7. RightInTwo

    RightInTwo Power Member

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    The only problem with that is you lose your historical data.
     
  8. PinchofSalt

    PinchofSalt Registered Member

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    Not sure. but there is a way of exporting data from one analytics acc to another...google it..may be that works.
     
  9. SuperLinks

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    Geeze that's crazy man!

    There isn't a way to disallow or allow domains in G Analytics? I'm actually surprised! I would have guessed that there'd be that ability some how, and some way.
     
  10. masteraffmarket

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    i read somewhere a long time ago that there is a way to cloak your code to prevent this very thing from happening.

    I think i saw it on this site years ago http://www.bluehatseo.com/

    //MAF
     
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    d4rkterror Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    wow this is crazy good looking out tho
     
  12. mrblackjack

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    Truly an evil method. I know a guy that used to do something similar. he was a hacker in nature so the guy just took his competitor analytics tracking code and simply injected it on hundreds of exploited websites out there. I guess his competitor was driven crazy since he had no one to sue...
     
  13. zverr

    zverr Regular Member

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    Thank god that he took only your Analytics and not your adsense code. I got a friend who had his Adsense code stolen and installed on all kinds of junk websites and he started receiving all kinds of clicks. You can imagine this is much worse ...
     
  14. SEOfarmer

    SEOfarmer Regular Member

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    If he is on a wordpress / user-friendly CMS,
    he can simply change his analytics code.... (in the meanwhile, you can too)

    UA-XXXXXX-1 to UA-XXXXX-2

    Yes. this will screw up your history / previous data,
    but it will take time for him to change all his site as well.

    You get the idea.
     
  15. paulcarter97

    paulcarter97 Regular Member

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    Wow It is crazy yet very smart of them. But in order to use this method you need many website with many niche.
     
  16. SEOfarmer

    SEOfarmer Regular Member

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    I guess you can always buy fake traffic.
    That will kill the site stats accordingly?
     
  17. bhsupernewb

    bhsupernewb Regular Member

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    I feel sorry for you, but look at the positive side of things, you have all that data about his websites and where he gets the traffic, for what keywords he ranks and so on, you could easily steal his niche ideas, rank higher than him, and take all his traffic :)
     
  18. Real World

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    Wow, all of us that use Google Analytics are vulnerable to this type of attack. I thought the code would only work when it was on a page with www_yourdomain_com.
     
  19. RightInTwo

    RightInTwo Power Member

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    He had hundreds of websites, all of which seemed to be generating traffic. I'm not sure if he bought traffic to those individual sites or not, but there was a LOT.
     
  20. oscarmike

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    I feel bad for you bro. But i guess youre lucky to have had a hunch on who the guy was. imagine experiencing that without even the lightest idea who did it! :eek:


    i have always thought that because we need to verify our primary site with GA that this cannot be done. It turns out that like adsense, once you have verified a primary site, you can use it on other domains as you please. :(