We have already celebrated the fact that when the spammers start noticing your website, then you’re going to get noticed by the big search engines too – click here for this article.
However, they can muck up your visitors’ figures and give you a false idea of who is visiting your site.
Here are a few steps that anyone can do to make sure these pesky visitors don’t add to your numbers.
Open up Google Analytics and then go to > Acquisitions > All Traffic and then > Source / Medium.
This will bring up the websites which people used to go to your site.
You really want the organic searches to rank in the first few because this means that when someone typed in, “Help, the dog’s biting the kids again,” Google sent them to you (that’s of course, if you run a dog training site).
Scroll down the list and look for any strange websites that you’ve never heard before.
Then, check to see how long they stayed.
If the answer is 0.00 then they are more than likely spam.
As you can see from this figure there are a few pesky visitors to susanday.net (a site we manage content for) so we are going to filter them out!
Follow these steps:
Whatever you do don’t click on the link, that’s what the spammers want.
Instead, highlight and copy it.
Then go to the top of the page and select > Admin > Filters
The select “Add new Filter”
The screen should look like this:
Paste the name of the spamming site into “Filter Name” and Choose “Custom”.
Then select “Referral” and in “Filter Pattern” past the name of the spamming site again only remove “Referral” from the end.
Then select “Save”.
You’ll need to do this once a month or so to keep on top of those spammer, but it is well worth it in the long run.
You’ll then have much more reliable stats to brag about.