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Tas67Tas67 Registered Users Posts: 49 Big grins
edited January 28, 2011 in SmugMug Support
Hello!

I've been noticing lately (through Google Analytics) that one of my referral sources to my site is from Brazil, called bit/ly/forexmarket.

I did some searching online and people are suggesting that it's spam?

Anyone know what I can do to block this? :dunno

Any suggestions would be great!

Thanks
Tanya

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  • AndyAndy Registered Users Posts: 50,154 Major grins
    edited January 24, 2011
    Hi, what's the precise URL please?
  • jfriendjfriend Registered Users Posts: 8,097 Major grins
    edited January 24, 2011
    I'm just curious how a referrer can be spam? A referrer is just a site that links to yours. Sites that link to yours increase traffic to you and increase your Google search rank. That's all they do - whether it's a site who's other content you like or not.
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  • Tas67Tas67 Registered Users Posts: 49 Big grins
    edited January 24, 2011
    Hi Andy,

    The URL is http://www.tanyastafford.com/

    If it's directing traffic to my site, then I guess that's okay. I just want to make sure it's someone not trying to hack in or something.

    Thanks again!
  • AndyAndy Registered Users Posts: 50,154 Major grins
    edited January 24, 2011
    Tas67 wrote: »
    Hi Andy,

    The URL is http://www.tanyastafford.com/

    If it's directing traffic to my site, then I guess that's okay. I just want to make sure it's someone not trying to hack in or something.

    Thanks again!

    Hello, no, I need the referring URL. The exact URL you got from your GA report.
  • Tas67Tas67 Registered Users Posts: 49 Big grins
    edited January 24, 2011
  • techhackingtechhacking Registered Users Posts: 5 Beginner grinner
    edited January 25, 2011
    Tas67 wrote: »
    Hello!

    I've been noticing lately (through Google Analytics) that one of my referral sources to my site is from Brazil, called bit/ly/forexmarket.

    I did some searching online and people are suggesting that it's spam?

    Anyone know what I can do to block this? ne_nau.gif

    Any suggestions would be great!

    Thanks
    Tanya

    Please read the article below which explains how spammers abuse Google Analytics to cause referrer spam as well as how to prevent further Google Analytics referrer spamming.

    http://techhacking.com/2011/01/23/google-analytics-referrer-spammers/
  • Tas67Tas67 Registered Users Posts: 49 Big grins
    edited January 25, 2011
    Please read the article below which explains how spammers abuse Google Analytics to cause referrer spam as well as how to prevent further referrer spamming.

    http://techhacking.com/2011/01/23/google-analytics-referrer-spammers/


    Thank you so much. That is really helpful! clap.gif
  • jfriendjfriend Registered Users Posts: 8,097 Major grins
    edited January 25, 2011
    Please read the article below which explains how spammers abuse Google Analytics to cause referrer spam as well as how to prevent further referrer spamming.

    http://techhacking.com/2011/01/23/google-analytics-referrer-spammers/
    Very interesting article. Thanks for posting.
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  • techhackingtechhacking Registered Users Posts: 5 Beginner grinner
    edited January 25, 2011
    No problem. I had the wrong graphic by the way, please re-review the instructions at the bottom to see how to filter out referrer spam.
  • denisegoldbergdenisegoldberg Administrators Posts: 13,965 moderator
    edited January 25, 2011
    ...as well as how to prevent further referrer spamming.
    From the explanation on the google analytics page it looks like the filter removes the reference from the analytics reports - it does not stop the referrer from hitting your site. I believe that would have to be done on the smug side of things, not with the tool that analyzes the traffics.

    --- Denise
  • techhackingtechhacking Registered Users Posts: 5 Beginner grinner
    edited January 25, 2011
    From the explanation on the google analytics page it looks like the filter removes the reference from the analytics reports - it does not stop the referrer from hitting your site. I believe that would have to be done on the smug side of things, not with the tool that analyzes the traffics.

    --- Denise

    I'm not sure if you've read my post which was updated a few hours ago. I included the information below explaining how it works:

    "When a filter is created in your profile, it’s immediately applied to new data coming into your account. A profile’s filters are applied to raw visitor data as the data is processed into the database. New filters will not affect historical data, and we’re not able to reprocess your old data through the new filter.”

    “When an Include Filter is applied, the hit is thrown away if the pattern does not match the data.”

    http://techhacking.com/2011/01/23/google-analytics-referrer-spammers/
  • denisegoldbergdenisegoldberg Administrators Posts: 13,965 moderator
    edited January 25, 2011
    “When an Include Filter is applied, the hit is thrown away if the pattern does not match the data.”
    I did read that. Google Analytics is creating a report, it is not controlling sites that refer to your site. "your account" in that context is your analytics account, not your smugmug account. I believe the filter removes it from the report, but your post implies it stops the referrer. That's what I'm having a hard time with - Google Analytics is only reporting, it can't stop access to your smug site.

    --- Denise
  • techhackingtechhacking Registered Users Posts: 5 Beginner grinner
    edited January 25, 2011
    Based on your description, you are more than likely applying the filter at the wrong location? The wrong location would be Visitors->Hostnames->Filter hostname (which only filters it out of the report). The correct location as explained in the blog is by going to the 'Filter Manager' which will filter the traffic indefinitely from being counted towards your UA number. I provided this as well on the post which comes directly from Google:

    “When a filter is created in your profile, it’s immediately applied to new data coming into your account. A profile’s filters are applied to raw visitor data as the data is processed into the database. New filters will not affect historical data, and we’re not able to reprocess your old data through the new filter.”

    “When an Include Filter is applied, the hit is thrown away if the pattern does not match the data.”

    Note: This is only to stop Google Analytics referrer spam which NEVER actually goes to your website (which is the most common referrer spam most of us are seeing). Understand that they are just generating traffic to your Google Analytics account ID and NOT to your website.

    http://techhacking.com/2011/01/23/google-analytics-referrer-spammers/
  • techhackingtechhacking Registered Users Posts: 5 Beginner grinner
    edited January 28, 2011
    I’ve updated the article to explain how to add a duplicate domain profile, so you can apply a filter to a duplicate profile while leaving your original profile intact. A duplicate profile is beneficial as it allows you to test changes, avoid making mistakes, and experiment with manipulating your data while still allowing you to keep your raw and unfiltered data within the original profile. I highly recommend you remove any filters from your original profile, create a duplicate, and apply the filters to a duplicate.

    http://techhacking.com/2011/01/23/google-analytics-referrer-spammers/
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