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Why would spammers try to direct access a particular page?

A page in my domain is getting sudden spike in direct traffic. All of them are from Moscow, new users, and have 100% bounce rate. I suspect they are spambots: I have implemented actions from How to ...
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How to filter a spam site from Google Analytics referral traffic

A few months back, I had set up the Google Analytics filter to remove bot traffic from bottraffic.xyz. Yet, it shows up on my Referral Traffic source. Any idea how to remove it from my Google ...
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How do I manually calculate average session duration?

can anyone help me tell the exact formula of the average session duration where to get from? I'm having trouble finding a manual calculation of the average session duration For example, from the ...
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Unknown pages reported by Google Analytics

I have a website hosted by GitHub Pages, it's a statically generated website, and the deploys happen by pushing new static code to my gh-pages branch of my GitHub public repository. I recently ...
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How to prevent from fbclid (facebook click ID) from polluting google analytics?

Whenever someone from Facebook clicks on my site's link. fbclid is appended to the actual link which pollutes the entire thing in google analytics. For example say I have a page domain.com/contact ...
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Google Analytics bot blocking filter based on bounce rate, pages per session and average session duration

I looked in Google Analytics to view my website traffic. Out of over 900 landing pages, nearly half look like bot traffic. Here is what I am looking at: Acquisition > All Traffic > Channels > Direct >...
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Filtering out ghost traffic from Google Analytics

Recently I've been experiencing a large amount of (what I think is) ghost traffic. I need help in creating a filter to exclude this traffic from my Google Analytics. URL's are showing up that have ...
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Why is Host Name in Google Analytics showing other websites along with my website?

In Google Analytics, Audience -> Geo -> Location -> Secondary dimension: Host Name, I see three different websites along with my website. When I checked those websites, I can see they have ...
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Spike in direct traffic - how to prevent bots

I am managing two Wordpress sites and have noticed significant spikes in direct traffic that cannot be attributed to any marketing campaign or expected increase in activity. The pattern is also ...
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Is there a way to hide my Google Analytics snippet so it can't be copied or spammed?

When I view the page source of my website, I can see my Google Analytics snippet: <script async src="https://www.googletagmanager.com/gtag/js?id=UA-12367889-1"></script> <script> ...
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What causes traffic from India to a set of URLs with a common path and a strange search term on a new Google Analytics setup?

I added Google Analytics to my site a few weeks ago, and since the beginning I've been seeing some very strange pageviews that make up over 80% of my traffic. Almost all of it is from India, and all ...
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Google Analytics listing hundreds of pages that are not from my site

lately i'm getting very strange pageviews in my GA report. On the tracked domain i have only 4 pages active. Instead of getting the report only for those pages i see 481 pages viewed on the tracked ...
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Why does Google Analytics report a spammer as the "GuzzleHTTP" user agent?

I got my GA account spammed, somehow google recognizes it as Guzzle client. However I tried to search through my access logs, for something resembling it, but did not find anything at all even ...
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Google Analytics include hostnames beyond character limit

In an effort to prevent ghost spam, I am trying to filter traffic by hostname in Google Analytics. I have found several hostnames that appear legitimate, and now the length of these hostnames in regex ...
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Is someone doing negative SEO for my website? [duplicate]

We are getting too many clicks and links from some junk websites, most of the websites are expired domain when we try to visit it. We have got these list of domains from using our web master tools ...
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How do you stop Google Analytics ghost referrals that use the right hostname?

After experiencing a huge spike in traffic, I suspected ghost referrals. So, similar to this recommendation (Google Analytics referrerless ghost direct traffic) I took a look in Google Analytics under ...
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How to Remove Spam Links to Wordpress Site

My hacked WP site has been scanned and cleansed. However, the site is still getting a high volume of requests to non-existent pages on my domain eg. 3095/lissome/4125_campward.jp What I do not know ...
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Create Exclude Filter on Google Analytics for Network Domain

New to Google Analytics.... I am trying to create a filter on my Google Analytics account, for incoming traffic, with the "Network Domain" equal to: "ertelecom.ru" and "clodo.ru" and some other ...
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Google Analytics — character limit on Filter Pattern field

It took me a while but I finally found out how to use filters to block spam from my analytics. I currently have the following filter pattern applied to 'campaign source' semalt\.com|buttons-for-...
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Strange Google Analytics referrals from legitimate government/bank sites (not spam sites)

I have been ignoring a strange problem on my Google Analytics reports for ages - there are strange legitimate banking or government websites that are showing up as referrals to my site. These strange ...
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Why create a fake duplicate / clone website?

Here is my problem... Someone created an exact copy of my website, including my Analytics and Adsense codes and started sending traffic to this fake site around 100k+ visitors a day. Does anyone know,...
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How to prevent random referrals to my website in Google Analytics? [duplicate]

When I look at my Google Analytics dashboard, I see most referrals from a website called rank-checker.online which highly skews up my data. There are other such websites, get-rick-quick, free-social ...
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What to do against <1s Visitors?

It all started early this year. Day-to-Day my Google Analytics of a swiss-website (german language) showed me more and more visitors — mainly from the US and France. First, of-course, I was really ...
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Google analytics referrals from strange sites

My google analytics page shows a few referrals from adtiger.tk getrichquick.ml I'm not a "ProWebmaster" - just administering a small site hosted by my university. My newbie question: do I need to ...
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Google Analytics: How to remove unwanted entries

It's been a couple of days and I am seeing entries like this on GA. How can I avoid such entries beside analytics_test?
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How to exclude Bots from Google Analytics (sudden rise of them in the last weeks)

Since a few weeks, one of my Google Analytics Accounts shows a continued rise of Visitors and Pageimpressions what seams to be bots. They have a Average Session Duration of «<00:00:01» and by now ...
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Why isn't Google Analytics bot filtering turned on by default ? Is there some downside to it?

My sites, like everyone’s nowadays gets allot of referral spam, usually I just ignore it, but recently I've been getting organic traffic spam where they use their website URL as the search phrase. The ...
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Remove spam referals from Google Analytics organic traffic report [duplicate]

I've got some referral spam showing up in my Google Analytics organic traffic. Usually I just ignore it but because it's showing up in my organic traffic and it's pushing up my bounce rate as the ...
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Causes of Referrer Spam in Google Analytics? [duplicate]

I'm trying to determine what could cause an influx of referrer spam traffic in Google Analytics. My company launched a website in September. Since the launch, the website has seen a slow but steady ...
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Block spam from Google Analytics Measurement Protocol for Mobile Application

I'm not sure if this is quite the right place to post this, but it seemed the most appropriate! I'm using Google Analytics to track metrics from a mobile app using the Measurement Protocol, however I'...
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How to Create a Google Analytics Filter for Multiple Browsers

I would like to filter traffic from multiple browsers from a specific view in Google Analytics. Specifically looking to remove; Explorer 7,8,9 Firefox 3.628,11,12 Chrome 18.0.1025.168 Safari 5.1 What ...
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Unable to Filter Ghost Referrals in Google Analytics

I set up a view level filter to remove ghost referral spam where the filter field ie Campaign Source and Filter Pattern is something like www.event-tracking\.com|Get-Free-Traffic-Now\.com. Problem: ...
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Can organic traffic be spoofed in Google Analytics the same way as 'Refer spam'

Ive recently seen a large spike in organic traffic to a website in Google Analytics, to diagnose the spike ive done / will do (will do becuase some of the data is not available yet) the following : ...
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.htaccess Solution to Referral Spam not working [duplicate]

Getting hit up with a new referral spam site (site valuation dot org) this morning and I've put my usual .htaccess fix in place: RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?://([^.]+\.)*...
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How to remove Google Analytics refferal traffic with unknown hostname using Google Tag Manager?

I'm trying to remove ghost referral traffic in Google Analytics by excluding unknown hostnames coming to my site. This technique is described at: http://www.lunametrics.com/blog/2014/03/11/goodbye-to-...
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Diagnosing spike in 'direct traffic' in google analytics

Recently ive seen a spike in the direct traffic in google analytics its up between 100-200% depending on what day you look at since last week. I cant tell if this is just referral spam, which would ...
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Is there a way to get rid of Google Analytics event tracking spam?

I'm using event-tracking via the GA-collector (https://ssl.google-analytics.com/collect) to see the usage of an API. When checking the event-category in GA the first line is always to use this ...
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Why does Google Analytics report that I have traffic at a calculator.php URL for my blog?

I frequently see this URL having traffic via Google Analytics although I don't have any page and with that strucuter either. URL - techanger.com/calculator.php?get=windows-8-1-download-link-product-...
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Google Analytics is showing visits unrelated to my domain

I recently set up a professional portfolio website on my own domain. After a few weeks of Google Analytics, I was surprised and even impressed to have such a high volume of traffic. However, it ...
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I'm getting weird traffic from flipboard.com - is it referral spam?

Here's the screenshot: I have looked through several "referral spam" websites lists, but I didn't find flipboard.com on any of them. But from the stats (visit time, bounce rate), I'd say this is a ...
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What is the status of Google's action on "Ghost Referrals" in Google Analytics?

I got this in Google Analytics: A significant portion of referral traffic to property example.com is from the following hostnames, which may be self-referrals: 4webmasters.org Self-...
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Block social-buttons.com / simple-share-buttons.com Referral Spam

How to remove social-buttons.com / simple-share-buttons.com this type of lots of Referral Spam link they increase 100% bounce rate How to remove this type of referral spam link in via .htaccess or ...
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Interpreting Full Referrer in Google Analytics

I pay for advertising through google adwords, and I'm watching to ensure I'm not paying for fake clicks. (I'm new at this). I have setup Google Analytics and I'm not sure how to interpret the FULL ...
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What is forum20.smailik.org referral traffic?

In my Google Analytics real-time I now see a lot of visitors with referrer forum20.smailik.org This link redirects to http://www.aliexpress.com/ What does this traffic mean? (And should I block it?)
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How to fight off Google Analytics referrer spammers?

Last months I have lots of referrer spammers in my GA statistics. Their count is ~10x higher than count of legit visitors (my site is not very popular yet). I've turned on an option to hide known ...
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How does Google prevent GA accounts from being spammed [closed]

Since the Google Analytics snippet is available in the source code of the page (e.g. below is stackexchange's) <script type="text/javascript">var _gaq=_gaq||[];_gaq.push(['_setAccount','UA-...
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