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Problems with referrer spam

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by ImperialLegionary, Apr 2, 2015.

  1. ImperialLegionary

    ImperialLegionary Junior Member

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    My new site has been hit with traffic from Samsara, Russia and it's messing up my Google Analytics data. I looked around and decided to ban .ru from my website altogether because I don't want any spam bots to use up my server resources. Is this a good idea? Would Google penalize me for banning a whole country from my website or do they not care? Sorry if these are stupid questions, I'm not very knowledgeable about this.
     
  2. RuthSam

    RuthSam Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    I tried this with another country, it didn't hurt my site, on the other hand, I lost alot of potential customers on that part.
     
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  3. cottonwolf

    cottonwolf Regular Member

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    just try to ban the domain from cpanel or htaccess

     
  4. Adam718

    Adam718 Senior Member

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    If Russian traffic isn't valuable and/or there aren't ways to monetize it, then there should be no problem with it.
     
  5. ImperialLegionary

    ImperialLegionary Junior Member

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    There's too many IPs and it's always changing. And yes like cottonwolf said, Russian traffic is not important to me.
     
  6. bahus

    bahus Regular Member

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    Banning them in htaccess doesn't not work because they don't visit your website. You can only filter them out in GA, exclude traffic from host or referrer or both.
     
  7. artuurs

    artuurs Registered Member

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    As I am aware, this referral traffic is fake and it actually doesn't visit your site, only messes up Analytics. Happened with me too (different spam source tho). Simply create filter on Analytics, to hide them.

    Idk if I am allowed to post links, but this is a very useful tutorial to create a filter on GA:

    http://www.ohow.co/block-social-buttons-simple-share-buttons-referral/
     
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    Last edited: Apr 4, 2015