I'm doing a bunch of month end reports and it looks like, for most of my clients, there was a big drop in referral spam. I'm very happy if this happened - it's one less thing to worry about. Is anyone else seeing this?
Thank you for this. I noticed this myself in Analytics and searched for a Google announcement about it. At first I found nothing, then, luckily, found your confirmation of my hunch. Thanks for the link to the article too. I would think more people would be talking about it. But at least you are!
Yeah, I thought this would have gotten a lot more traction, especially as people compare their Q1 results with previous quarters or years. Now that Q1 is over, maybe it'll get some traction when people see massive drops - but who knows.
I first heard about it on the SEO 101 podcast and then looked everywhere. Nothing is being said except by a couple of people, one of which is you. I noticed a drop in referral spam, but some is still there, it seems, in GA. I was so tired of trying to filter it out all the time, I'm glad it is going away.
Dear all, since ghost referral spam is still present and since for a many small local sites (like the one I manage) 40 sessions a month of spam is still significant (7%of my site's sessions for instance), I wanted to share with all those of you in a similar situation some useful links
It is so terrible. . . I can't believe that this has continued for as long as it has. It probably doesn't matter to larger sites, since it doesn't sway the numbers much, but, for smaller guys, you really have to make 100 changes just to get an accurate read on traffic.
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