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I'm aware that bots can be filtered out at the profile level in GA, but I hadn't considered the effect of letting all that bogus data into the web property, and therefore ultimately counting against the data storage limits imposed by Google, possibly increasing our sampling rate, slowing down reporting...

Looking for a hopefully lightweight method of stopping these JavaScript executing bots from executing the GA tracking code at all

I haven't tried anything yet.

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Are you able to identify these bots? If so, do they respect robots.txt? –  w3d Feb 22 at 0:18
    
I don't think they respect much. Most probably don't even request it. Do you have the originating IPs of those bots? –  PatomaS Feb 22 at 4:05

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