How to Fix Ghost Traffic / Spam Traffic in Google Analytics

Since my last posts on how to eliminate Ghost Referrer Spam in Google Analytics & Google Analytics data integrity attacks two things have happened: 1. The number of people compaining about spam referrers / spam events / spam pageviews in webmaster forums and Google Groups have increased exponentially 2. The Google Analytics team noted on their Google Plus […] Read More…

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Payment Gateway Referral Exclusions in Google Analytics

One of the most frequently visited reports in Analytics is the Source / Medium report. This is a primary reason why it’s targeted by referrer spammers, as we discussed in a recent article. There is, however, a much more trivial, yet common issue with the source / medium report that we see during audits and […] Read More…

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All Your Google Analytics Are Belong To Us

In a previous post about referrer spam in Google Analytics I hinted that a much bigger issue might stem from this fairly harmless attack. The problem I present in this article extends to basically all Google Analytics data, for any website out there, no matter how big or small. The problem is how to preserve […] Read More…

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Guide to Removing Referrer Spam in Google Analytics

This article deals with the problem of Google Analytics referrer spam (prominent spammers are semalt, darodar, buttons-for-website). I explain why and how it actually happens, why currently proposed solutions fail and I describe a working, albeit not perfect solution for the issue. Contents (click to jump to that part): The problem of Google Analytics referrer spam How […] Read More…

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How to Restore Lost Google Analytics Data?

Well, it never happened to me or a client I’ve helped with Analytics, but it can certainly happen and you better know your options. What would you do if you accidently delete the wrong view, property or, even worse – account? What if a malicious person gains access or abuses access you’ve given to delete […] Read More…

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Google Pengiun 4.0 finally out!

The new Google Pengiun update, 4.0 has just been released in early Saturday, Oct, 18-th, 2014. It has not yet been confirmed officially, but based on the sites we and colleagues are monitoring and based on the webmaster forums chatter, it’s 100% positive. This update is huge news for sites previously penalized by Pengiun updates, […] Read More…

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