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Okay. Without knowing the sites in question, I will try and explain a bit of what is going on and I will provide just a few links. From: http://www.cradlecloud.com/ban-block-blackhatworth-com-spam-referrals/ I get the following domain names associated with the new method of referrer spam that people are seeing of late. BlackHatWorth.com Iskalko.ru ...


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This is not valid traffic, it is called Referrer Spam, this kind of spam uses a Google Analytics weakness to make fake visits to your site, so they actually never visit your site. This Ghost Referrer Spam targets random GA tracking ID's with the only purpose of getting traffic from people that get curious about the referral in their analytics and try to go ...


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As John says, this is fake traffic known as "referral spam". This morning I had about 80% of my "traffic" coming from this same domain. Rest assured, you are not paying Google for these clicks. The basic idea behind referral spam is that some hosts will publish their logs or Analytics data publicly, thus creating links and/or text references to their ...


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This answer may help - https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/1011811?hl=en-GB. Not all referrals from Google.co.uk domains come through organic search or AdWords ad listings. Referrals may come from a variety of sources, including Google Groups posts, base.google.com listings or static pages on related Google sites. Such visits are tagged as ...


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Sadly you can not referrer on HTTPS to sites using HTTP. You can however do HTTPS to HTTPS or HTTP to HTTPS. SOURCE Clients SHOULD NOT include a Referer header field in a (non-secure) HTTP request if the referring page was transferred with a secure protocol. A work around would be to use a internal redirect script that rather than directing ...


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I assume you're referencing Blogger (blogger.com)? Referer spam has been a problem on Blogger and other blogging sites for a very long time. Unfortunately there isn't an effective way to block it because it's very difficult to distinguish legitimate referers from spammers. Editing your robots.txt file will not help because spammers often use fake ...


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No, it does not. Your Google Analytics is not a ranking factor. So garbage referrals, or anything else in your analytics, will not affect your ranking.


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One of your affiliates is likely paying for a Google AdWords campaign using their referral link to drive traffic to your site (and boost their sales). That's the simplest explanation, and therefore probably the most likely cause of the AdSense referrals you're seeing. I've had affiliates take out ads to boost their sales before; a welcome side effect of ...


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I can confirm that Google Analytics will start a new session when the user comes back from logging in with the referrer from another site. I don't have as big a problem with it on my sites because not many of my users log in. From Google's referral exclusion documentation: How excluding referral traffic affects your data By default, a referral ...


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I think, it uses the document.referrer properties via Javascript. See the attached link!


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It turns out that all this traffic is not from referrer spam, it's from StumbleUpon's android app. All that traffic has Android user agents, and by logging the HTTP requests the android app is making I was able to determine that they are setting the referrer header incorrectly. They've got a typo in their own domain name!


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I know that referrer field can be changed.. but why? This is known as referrer spam - unfortunately, spammers caught on to the fact that some webmasters do not secure their automatically-generated stat reports and, as most report generators do not add nofollow to referrer links, it is possible to get a link from a number of domains simply by providing a ...


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Well you can go here http://aaronlogan.com/downloads/htaccess.php and have a pretty big list of referrer spam blocks in your htaccess. Or you can use something like the following # set the spam_ref variable - referrer site or a keyphrase SetEnvIfNoCase Referer "^http://(www.)?some-spammer.com" spam_ref=1 SetEnvIfNoCase Referer ...


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You can exclude them by creating a filter. You need to find something specific enough so you don't accidentally block good visitors and it is tedious as you have to manually add each spammer but this will do the trick.


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I would check your log files to see if this is referrer traffic to your site as opposed to Google Analytics. There is a new spam technique seen here: How to fight off referrer spammers? though neither of these domains are owned by this spammer and this answer may not apply- it is well worth a read for general knowledge of a new technique. If you find ...


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There are plenty of threads about this in the Google product forums: Lots of visits through simple-share-buttons.com How can this be self-referrals if the domain is nothing to do with me How to block 4webmasters.org, Russia traffic? What is Google doing about all the SPAM in Analytics? Here are some of the best comments from those threads: ...


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You will want to do a 301 Redirect (301 meaning permanent as opposed to 302 temporary). This will forward on all traffic to the new location automatically. Search engines will take note of the 301 response and mark the homepage as moved to the new location.


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referrer strings are handled at the browser. Exactly. It is the users browser that sends the HTTP referer[sic] as part of the HTTP request. Website.com (where the link originates) has no control over this. In fact, the user has complete control over this. The HTTP referer is notoriously unreliable. The user can configure their browser to not send a ...


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It looks like tracking code. Google does something similar if a user has web history enabled.


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It's just referrer spam.


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If you need the full referrer link in Google Analytics, you can add a custom filter to view the complete URL. If the referrer link however needs authentication, you will need to register to access that page.


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Backgrounds are meant to be backgrounds. They're not meant to support interaction. Your options would seem to be: 1. Do it in HTML rather than CSS. 2. Have your server return different content according to the User-Agent string. 3. If your SVG is rectangular and opaque, you can do fallbacks as background-image: url(fallback.png); background-image: none, ...


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"source" is not a valid campaign tracking variable. Use Google's URL Builder.


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You can create your own URL using the URL builder (or your own flavor of it if you want the whole thing to be automated) and then assign it to an affiliate ID and store it in a database. Then whenever that affiliate ID is used redirect to the URL with the Google Analytics code in it. That's how my clients are doing it. It works like a charm.


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(direct) can be misleading. Traditionally, people think of it as meaning "people typed in my URL directly"; the reality is usually a mix of that and of traffic sent from places that don't pass an HTTP REFERER header (and don't have some sort of manual tagging using utm_* parameters). Specifically: Non-web sources like smartphone apps, mail clients, and ...


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I would probably write the code myself to track them. Although perhaps it would be easier trying to hook it into analytics. I'm not sure how to do that. To do the re-direct you would want to use .htaccess (providing you're using Apache server) The .htacess file might look something like this: Options +FollowSymlinks RewriteEngine on RewriteRule ...


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Instead of overriding the referrer information, you should add the subdomain to the Referrer Ignore List that Google Analytics stores. You can do this using the _addIgnoredRef() method in the GA API. Google's description of the the method: _addIgnoredRef() Excludes a source as a referring site. Use this option when you want to set certain ...


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Yes. In the example below, people reaching page B from a page other than A will receive a forbidden error. To do it, you need something like this: RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http://www.yoursite.com/A.html$ RewriteRule B.html - [F,NC] Substitute yoursite and the html extension as appropriate for your case. Note that this is not a secure way of doing ...


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I also had this same problem. I solve by adding meta tag like below and it will be work only in Chrome and Safari. <meta name="Referrer" content="origin">


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I've got the same from lots of spam referral doamins and I want to share a PHP code that you may include in your header.php or something else. With this code you can redirect the spam domain to itself. <?php $spams = array ( "hardcore.anzwers.net", "femmesdenudees.com", "villagedusexe.com", ...



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