Lately my Google Analytics is getting bombared with fake searches, referrals from ilovevitalli.com, resellerclub.com, hulfingtonpost.com and apple.com.

One of my sites shows search results like these in it's analytics widget:

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How can I block these fake referrals and searches once and for all? I have set filters in Google Analytics but they keep showing up.


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This doesn't depend on your filter. This is categorized as organic traffic, not referral. They are long-tail keywords.

You should exclude these using the Search term exclusion https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/2795833?hl=en

Copy and paste these longtails. You can also exclude every keyword that contains "iloveitaly.com", not only exact match.

Another solution is to block access through ht.access

RewriteEngine on
# Options +FollowSymlinks
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} otherdomain\.com [NC]
RewriteRule .* - [F]



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