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How to fight off Google Analytics referrer spammers?

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-...
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Block social-buttons.com / simple-share-buttons.com Referral 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. ...
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Does it really help against spam to replace the "@" with "(at)" and similar practices?

Yes, different email obfuscation methods do work with varying degrees of success. But each has to be weighed with whether they affect the ability for your customers to communicate easily with you. I ...
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How to fight off Google Analytics referrer spammers?

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 ...
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What is the purpose of spam registration bots?

The bot is looking for a site that automatically publishes their comments, using a "Black-List" method. Most Webmasters use the "White-List" method and only approve comments they have personally read. ...
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How to get whitelisted in microsoft's email network?

We did two things: Sign up with JMRP via https://postmaster.live.com/snds/JMRP.aspx Sign up with SNDS via http://postmaster.live.com/snds The JMRP application will go through a form and a document ...
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How to get whitelisted in microsoft's email network?

The deep link to get whitelisted for Microsoft's email network is: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=614866&clcid This gives you the form "Sender Information for Outlook.com Delivery"
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Error Log shows nosy visitors trying to access various admin pages

This is unlikely to be "visitors" (real people) but is likely to be automated software testing for vulnerabilities in the software run by your website. I've seen these types of requests for years. ...
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Scraped content from my website posted on Blogspot is outranking my site and causing Google penalty

It's not normal that your site is outranking you, but can happen. Google has its own tool to report Scrapped content, you can check it here -> https://docs.google.com/forms/d/...
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why does google request apple-app-site-association from every domain on the server?

If you look at https://developer.apple.com/library/prerelease/ios/documentation/General/Conceptual/AppSearch/UniversalLinks.html it seems that the URL in question is supposed to be a JSON file linking ...
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Where are these spammy posts generated from?

Turns out, the WordPress install was indeed compromised. I did a diff of my existing install vs a new WordPress install, and diff reported new file: # diff -qr wordpress_installed/ wordpress_new/ ...
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Why am I getting foreign language spam with nothing to sell nor any links in the email?

I can't claim to know all the motivations of spam bots, but the main motivation is creating links to help SEO. Most of the bots submitting this form don't even realize that it is a contact form. ...
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Suspicious php links found on cPanel visitors

Random unexpected URLs on your should be returning "404 Not Found" status. When so many weird URLs return "301 Permanent Redirect" instead, it is often a sign that your site has ...
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My website's email is being marked as spam, how do I analyse a X-CNFS-Analysis email header?

The header X-CNFS-Analysis is added to emails processed by Cloudmark Authority, an email filtering engine, and appliances which use this engine such as Cloudmark Security Platform. In newer versions, ...
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How to fight off Google Analytics referrer spammers?

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 ...
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Is there a way to get rid of Google Analytics event tracking spam?

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 ...
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How to block Googlebot from accessing one specific page

Since this does appear to be the real Googlebot, the recommended way to block access/crawling is to use /robots.txt: User-agent: googlebot Disallow: /blocked.php However, if you still want to block ...
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Suspicious php links found on cPanel visitors

I looked up the IP 185.191.171.42, and it seems to be owned by SEMRush. So the possible reason is that you have second-hand domain that the old owner created those pages and SEMRush still has the list ...
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How to block a spam bot .htaccess proper formatting?

To block all "blank" User-Agents or User-Agents consisting of a hyphen, you could use the following in your .htaccess RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} ^-?$ RewriteRule ^ - [F]
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How to avoid getting spam through a website?

I have a lot of experience stopping spam. In fact, I used to speak with GFI and shared some of my filter techniques with them. You can stop spam with near 100% effectiveness with a few simple steps. ...
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Issue with Godaddy DNS manager

You almost had it; the text of the record should only be what follows "Value:" v=spf1 include:hotmail.com ~all See the syntax documentation on the OpenSPF website. In the new DNS manager interface, ...
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How to fight off Google Analytics referrer spammers?

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....
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What is forum20.smailik.org referral traffic?

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 ...
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Is there a way to get legitimate but spammy words past filters?

I doubt you can, because if you can, so can spammers. I suggest you get your other points as low as you possibly can, the following should help you get a lot further: Set an SPF record Create a DKIM ...
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Fixing my mail servers outgoing IP being on spam blacklists

Don't bother getting that IP off those lists. Too much effort, outcome uncertain, and no guarantee for the future. How much mail do you send? Is that hundreds of mails per months, or tens of ...
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Piwik visitor log spam

You can block them by ip in Piwik... To exclude all traffic from a given IP or IP range, log in Piwik as the Super User. Click on Settings > Websites. Below the list of websites, you will ...
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Domain blocked in spamhaus

While it is difficult to tell what happened exactly, I can give you this: http://mxtoolbox.com/blacklists.aspx Put your domain name in and you will see you are a lot of black lists. But not all is ...
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Bingbot requests from Google IP address

These are Google IP addresses as you stated. However, this does not mean that it is part of the search engine. Google has expanded it's business lately and not all of what is happening using a Google ...
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Spam links injected into GWT's Structured Data Testing Tool?

Interesting page on spamming Google Structured Data Testing Tool. Thanks for sharing it. It appears that Google has has locked this down. But this is a situation where the one using the tool tries to ...
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When to use an external e-mail service? (MailChimp, MailGun etc)

The key really to ensuring your mail server does not get blacklisted for spamming is to make sure that you only send emails to people who want them and have asked for them, and if you include a ...
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