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.
I get the following domain names associated with the new method of referrer spam that people are seeing of late.
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 spam-...
They use a vulnerability in Google Analytics to make fake visits so the only way to stop them for now, and until Google fix it, is to make a filter in GA since that is the source of the problem.
Blocking them in the .htaccess file is pointless since this kind of Spam never visits your site.
Check this answers for more information about this spam https://...
The Spam is getting out of control. The list it's growing and it's time-consuming and not even efficient to add a filter for each of the spammers since most of them shows up for a few days and then disappear and a new one comes.
There is a lot of misinformation, the most common mistake is recommending to use the .htaccess, this file blocks the access to the ...
...what is the reason for doing such a nonsense thing?
be associated with a competitor and want to take traffic away from your site. An exact clone of your site on another domain can only be detrimental to your sites SEO.
be trying to increase the value of their domain (an established site that receives lots of traffic), which they can then ...
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:
Recently there has been a spate of Google Analytics spammers. They typically:
Send requests directly to Google's collector script without ever hitting your website.
Put advertisements for their website into referrers or other places where the data shows up in your reporting
Customize their requests only with your Analytics Id (but not with your domain ...
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.
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 Google Analytics 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.
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 ...
Thrre is no need to worry about this as it does not affect your server at all it only affects Google Analytics. If your interested in knowing how it has been done you can see details on it at http://www.blackmoreops.com/2014/12/19/darodar-com-referrer-spam/
This is an attack on Google Analytics and to try and trick webmasters into visiting the site by ...
This is most likely ghost spam, lately the spammers have been hitting with direct visits along with the referral, probably as some kind of distraction.
If you have spam from one of the referrals ending with -buttons.com, then there is the problem. Here is an example:
This account is inactive so all of it is spam, 2 hits from referrals and 24 directs.
Google Analytics now has a Referral Exclusion List. Select your property, go to Admin, then Tracking Info, then Referral Exclusion List. I just started using this feature to block 4webmasters and some other particularly annoying referral spammers, and it does appear to be working.
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.
$spams = array (
The best way to stop this kind of Referrer Spam is adding a filter in your Google Analytics as @closetnoc says.
1 Go to your Admin tab in Google Analytics.
2 Click on All Filters in the account section of your website.
3 Select New Filter.
4 Fill in the options as shown in the next image.
Since this sites never reach your site is not useful to us ....
In case you are still searching for a solution, and can't understand the references made, here's the Definitive Guide to Removing Referral Spam, now on it's 133rd revision since Dec 28th, 2014:
a valid hostname filter will remove all of the ghost referrals (Include ...
Is your website available on the Flipboard magazine app? If it is, it might be visitors reading your posts from the app who then decide to continue to read it directly on your website for a better view. In such cases most visitors will hit the back button to go back to the app after reading the post on your website, hence the high bounce rate.
Almost any dimension can be faked by the spammer. So far I've seen it as:
referrer (the most used)
pages (like guardlink)
and even fake direct visits
*Some of them show in more than one dimension
Until now I've detected huge spikes on referrer, pages and fake direct visits, for organic I've seen only hits in small ...
Many of these can be eliminated with a hostname filter.
Open up filters for your domain and add a 'custom' filter, that only includes hostnames with your domain in them. For standard websites, there are no circumstances under which this would filter normal traffic - as all of them are viewing your content on your domain.
It look like a spam to me, sometimes your site get targeted by spam bots, you would want to fix that, but the solution wouldn't be to exclude them from GA but to exclude them from your website.
This might be the least you can do about it :
How to track user-agents who visit your website
With a simple linux command you can track all user-agents that crawl ...
You should check to see if there is any content reference to your site on these gov pages that is NOT HYPERLINKED.
Your site is likely viewed as an authority resource for your content area, and it is distinctly possible that government/bank employees are referencing your site
rather than just the general public.
Check to see if any of your traffic is ...
You are seeing those domains cause they copied your analytics code. By default, you only need to include the tracking code to start sending data to Analytics platform (regardless the domain).
In order to prevent getting data from other domains, you should create a new Analytics view and use a filter to include only traffic from your domain: Include only > ...
This can be solved easily in Google Analytics settings. Go to Admin -> View settings and add fbclid to Exclude URL Query Parameters input box:
Analytics will strip this parameter off from now on. As this is a view level setting, you might want to repeat it for all your views, where you find this parameter to be irrelevant.
There are a few reasons why this could be happening:
Google Analytics Referrer Spam
Spammers hit Google Analytics servers with fake data for your (and lots of other people's) tracking id. They do this to try to get you to visit URLs listed in the referrer report. This fake data is known to include fake page names, probably in an attempt to make the data ...
You are filtering on the wrong thing. You have the filter field set to Hostname. That will filter Google Analytics hits that claim to be recording statistics for that site. If you filter on the host name to prevent GA spam, you would usually exclude all host names that don't match the domain name for your site.
According to this article and this Google ...
The article states:
This feature will automatically filter all spiders and bots on the IAB/ABC International Spiders & Bots List from your data.
The thing is not all spam bots make it to that list in time to be detected.
At any point, the IP address of the spam bot can be changed as well as the user agent it identifies itself as, especially if the ...
You will need to create a series of filters (as they are applied in the order they are created):
Your first filter will build the "<browser>/<browser version>" string:
Custom > Advanced
Field A, Browser, (.*)(
Field B, Browser Version, (.*)
Output, Custom Field 1, $A1:$B1
Your second filter will filter only the direct ...