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


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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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As mentioned is this answer there is a new method of doing this: Referrer Policy/meta tag. See spec and example in this q&a.


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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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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 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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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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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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To answer your title question directly "How to fight off referrer spammers" the simplest answer is to drop Google Analytics and switch to Piwik, which automatically blocks all referrer spam by default. I realise you are probably used to Google Analytics and wish to keep using it, but if you look at the bigger picture you do have another option which works ...


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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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This is just referer spam, from Wikipedia: Referrer spam (also known as log spam or referrer bombing) is a kind of spamdexing (spamming aimed at search engines). The technique involves making repeated web site requests using a fake referer URL to the site the spammer wishes to advertise. Sites that publish their access logs, including referer statistics, ...


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That means that the visitor did not send a referrer for the request. That can happen if: The user was a "direct" visitor and typed the URL into the browser bar or used a bookmark. The user followed a link from outside the browser (for example from an email or mobile app.) The user came to your non-secure http site from a secure https site and the browser ...


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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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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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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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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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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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You can find the referrals under Acquisition , in All Trafic and All Referrals reports.


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Unfortunately, you can't. Google search now exclusively uses HTTPS, and all search result clicks go through an intermediate URL that removes the keywords. The URL you posted above appears to be that intermediate URL, and that's all you get as the referrer. The reasoning behind this is that each user of Google often gets personalised results based on their ...


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It sounds like you are on dangerous grounds. I assume that Googlebot will always get the same page since, according to your example, there is no search involved. But please do know that Google checks pages using domain names, IP addresses and agents other than Google's own to validate that a page is not cloaked. What you are describing falls within the ...


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The only way that Google knows your page is about bears is that you give it content about bears when it crawls the page. When Google crawls the page, you have to choose whether it is about bears or lions. Then Google ranks the page for the appropriate term. When Googlebot crawls, it doesn't send a referrer, so you can't make the decisions based on the ...


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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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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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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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