Lets block referral spam!

Referral spam block
Yes we block all the advertisements online, but there is one spam type that annoys us even more. It’s called referral spam and can be found on all our websites these days. Never heard of it? You probably have but are ignorant and saw the domains semalt.com, humanorightwatch.org, forum20.smailik.org and many other referral websites in your Google Analytics as legit referrals. Well guess what! This is a prank of some Russian called Popov A. Vitaly that is massively spamming the web with fake data in your Google Analytics. But don’t worry as we can help you block all the ads online we’re also able to remove the referral spam hitting on your websites.

What is referral spam?

Referral spam is exactly what the name says it is. It pops up as a referral website in your Google Analytics Data and looks like another backlink. To bad because it isn’t a backlink that referrers potential new clients/visitors to your website. It’s a ghost visitor that leaves a digital footprint in your Google Analytics Account Data and yes it is SPAM! Therefore, we need to remove the referral spam and block those referrers on our websites. All the spam domains that Popov A. Vitaly use are abusing an open window in de Google Analytics UA-******** codes to mess up your data.

Is referral spam harmful?

No, referral spam isn’t harmful for your website or visitors. It does not install infected software, malware or leaves any crap behind. Nevertheless, it can be financially harmful because it leaves a digital footprint in your Google Analytics Data that is 100% useless. The referral spam visits that your website receives multiple times a day are useless because every visit is exactly 0,00 seconds and has a 100% bounce rate. This means that your beautiful website Analytics data is going to give a disturbed image of your actual traffic data. When you are trying to sell the website to a third party this isn’t going to help you since the stats are way lower than they actually are.

The mastermind behind the spambot referral is Popov A Vitaly and claims to have created the spam websites and malicious spamcode for the fun, just to annoy us hard working people. The loose Internet Laws in Russia don’t forbid him in doing so which makes it even more annoying. But the real reason he created the referral spam is because of money. When you visit a spamdomain he redirects you to a webshop with his affiliate link, this way you receive the webshops cookie and Mr Vitaly is making money on that, lots of it. To some extend this practice is just another advertising channel for us to stop. In the end Google itself has to stop it by closing the window in the Google Analytics code. But this is going to be a difficult task since the spamdomains randomly generate infinite UA-******* codes until it hits your (randomly chosen) domain. Now lets move on to the solution on how to ban referral spam.

The referral spam websites

Underneath you will find a list of referral spam website that we encountered in our Google Analytics Data. The list is updated daily and everybody is welcome to add a spam website if they find one. This will only benefit us all!

share-buttons.xyz
simple-share-buttons.com
sharebutton.org
s.click.aliexpress.com
social-buttons.com
site12.social-buttons.com
adcash.com
adviceforum.info
anticrawler.org
cenokos.ru
cityadspix.com
edakgfvwql.ru
gobongo.info
kambasoft.com
luxup.ru
4webmasters.org
get-free-traffic-now.com
Best-seo-offer.com
Theguardlan.com
www1.social-buttons.com
netvibes.com
webcrawler.com
www.get-free-traffic-now.com
sanjosestartups.com
100dollars-seo.com
view.contextualyield.com
Site1.floating-share-buttons.com
Site2.floating-share-buttons.com
Trafficmonetizer.org
erot.co
ops.picscout.com
Chinese-amezon.com
Rednise.com
Nexus.search-helper.ru
Cgi2.nintendo.co.jp
Explorer.cognitiveseo.com
Copyrightclaims.org
semalt.com
Darodar.com
Priceg.com
7makemoneyonline.com
Buttons-for-website.com
Ilovevitaly.com
Blackhatworth.com
Econom.co
Iskalko.ru
Lomb.co
Lombia.co
hulfingtonpost.com
cenoval.ru
bestwebsitesawards.com
net-profits.xyz
social-widget.xyz
Traffic-cash.xyz
Eu-cookie-law-enforcement-7.xyz
Monetizationking.net
Fix-website-errors.com
law-enforcement-dd.xyz
law-enforcement-check-three.xyz
social-buttons-ff-xyz
keywords-monitoring-success.com
magicdiet.gq
ownshop.cf
monetizationking.net
site-auditor.online
Eu-cookie-law.blogspot.com
Social-buttons-ddd.xyz
petitions.whitehouse.gov
o-o-6-o-o.com
humanorightswatch.org
forum20.smailik.org
myftpupload.com
prodvigator.ua
best-seo-solution.com
Buttons-for-your-website.com
Buy-cheap-online.info
offers.bycontext.com
website-errors-scanner.com
webmaster-traffic.com
guardlink.org
www.event-tracking.com
trafficmonetize.org
traffic-paradise.org
cambridgeshire.libnet.info
непереводимая.рф
webmonetizer.net
Videos-for-your-business.com
success-seo.com
wpsecuritycheck.co.uk
traffic2money.com
Qualitymarketzone.com
Seo-platform.com
ranksonic.com
resellerclub.com
savetubevideo.com
screentoolkit.com
seoexperimenty.ru
slftsdybbg.ru
socialseet.ru
superiends.org
vodkoved.ru
websocial.me
ykecwqlixx.ru
76brighton.co.uk
paparazzistudios.com.au
powitania.pl
sharebutton.net
tasteidea.com
descargar-musica-gratis.net
torontoplumbinggroup.com
cyprusbuyproperties.com
ranksonic.org
Googlsucks.com
free-share-buttons.com
securesuite.co.uk
securesuite.net
www3.free-social-buttons.com
free-social-buttons.com
increasewwwtraffic.info
website-stealer-warning-alert.hdmoviecams.com
sitevaluation.org
howtostopreferralspam.eu
semaltmedia.com
start.otgmanagement.com
E-buyeasy.com
Googleweblight.com
Get-free-social-traffic.com
sexyali.com
site2.free-floating-buttons.com
free-floating-buttons.com
Video–production.com
Hongfanji.com
Feedback.sharemyfile.ru
Alibestsale.com
rankings-analytics.com
best-seo-software.xyz
ranksonic.net
traffic2cash.org
justprofit.xyz
video–production.com
boost-my-site.com
claim46201893.copyrightclaims.org
get-your-social-buttons.info
hosting-tracker.com
santasgift.ml
quit-smoking.ga
black-friday.ga
cyber-monday.ga
fast-wordpress-start.com
floating-share-buttons.com
site9.free-floating-buttons.com
top1-seo-service.com
notify.bluecoat.com
rusexy.xyz
wordpress-crew.net
www8.buyerpricer.com
traffic2cash.xyz
website-analyzer.info
googlemare.com
o-o-8-o-o.com
scripted.com
topseoservices.co
trafficgenius.xyz
build-audience.for-your.website
new-look.for-your.website
w3javascript.com
Video–production.com
Responsive-test.net
Uptime.com
Dogsrun.net
Linkquality.zomdir.com
Rank-checker.online
Ranksonic.com
Wordpresscore.com
Adtiger.tk
Quirktools.com
Getrichquick.ml
Getrichquickly.info
Free-video-tool.com
Keywords-monitoring-your-succes.com
social-traffic-6.xyz
marketland.ml
makeprogress.ga
increasewwwtraffic.info
foxweber.com

– How.to.travel.and.make.money.with.maps.ilikevitaly.com

How to remove referrer spam

You can block referrer spam in two ways. First, you can block the spam website in your Htaccess file with some simple code we provided below. Will this work? Yes and no, because the ghost visitor never actually visits your website. It only leaves a digital footprint in your Google Analytics data that messes everything up. The best way to remove the referral spam is to filter the spam website in your Google Analytics account. This way the referral data is blocked and filtered and you are left with clean GA web data. Nevertheless, doing both the Htaccess file block and Google Analytics filter won’t do any harm.

The .Htaccess code

Simply copy and past the follow code in your .Htacces file on your website host. If you found a new spam website that isn’t in our list please put it in a reply so we can add it to the spamlist. You can also generate your own .Htacces blockfile at http://tools.dynamicdrive.com/userban/ by simply adding the websites you want to block. Here is the code so far;


RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*semalt\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*Darodar\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*Priceg\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*7makemoneyonline\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*Buttons-for-website\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*Ilovevitaly\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*Blackhatworth\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*Econom\.co [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*Iskalko\.ru [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*Lomb\.co [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*Lombia\.co [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*hulfingtonpost\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*cenoval\.ru [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*o\-o\-6\-o\-o\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*humanorightswatch\.org [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*simple\-share\-buttons\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*sharebutton\.org [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*s\.click\.aliexpress\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*social\-buttons\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*anticrawler\.org [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*site12\.social\-buttons\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*adcash\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*adviceforum\.info [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*anticrawler\.org [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*blackhatworth\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*cenokos\.ru [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*cityadspix\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*edakgfvwql\.ru [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*gobongo\.info [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*iskalko\.ru [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*kambasoft\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*luxup\.ru [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*myftpupload\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*prodvigator\.ua [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*resellerclub\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*savetubevideo\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*screentoolkit\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*seoexperimenty\.ru [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*slftsdybbg\.ru [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*socialseet\.ru [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*superiends\.org [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*vodkoved\.ru [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*websocial\.me [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*ykecwqlixx\.ru [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*76brighton\.co\.uk [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*paparazzistudios\.com\.au [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*powitania\.pl [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*sharebutton\.net [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*tasteidea\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*descargar\-musica\-gratis\.net [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*torontoplumbinggroup\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*cyprusbuyproperties\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*4webmasters\.org [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*ranksonic\.org [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*best\-seo\-solution\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*get\-free\-traffic\-now\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*googlsucks\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*Buttons\-for\-your\-website\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*Best\-seo\-offer\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*offers\.bycontext\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*www1\.social\-buttons\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*website\-errors\-scanner\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*free\-share\-buttons\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*theguardlan\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*buy\-cheap\-online\.info [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*netvibes\.com [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*guardlink\.org [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*securesuite\.co\.uk [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*securesuite\.net [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*sitevaluation\.org [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*forum20\.smailik\.org [NC]
RewriteRule .* - [F]


Filter referral spam from your Google Analytics

Filtering the referral spam from your Google Analytics is the most efficient and effective way to create clean webdata. It is also the simplest solution if you don’t have any knowledge of Htaccess files. First go to your “Admin” tab in your Google Analytics account. You will see the main account column on the left with the option to choose “All Filters”. Choose this option and then push “+ New Filter”. Give the filter the referral spamwebsites name, push custom and select in the dropdown “filter field” the option “Referral”. Enter the url without www. or http://, for example buttons-for-websites.com or 4webmasters.org in the “Filter Pattern” box. Apply the filter to all your websites in Google analytics and push “Save”.

Referral Spam Google Analytics block

Viola you are done and referral spam free. Your Google Analytics data is no longer violated and polluted by spam created by a annoying person. Wan’t to know why Google isn’t blocking referral spam? We explained it here.

Filter a country

Are you so annoyed by the Russian spam ip’s of Vitaly? Than here is also the option to filter a country. You will lose potential visitors from Russia but if your website is aimed at a local business it isn’t such a bad idea at all. To apply a total land filter you can go via Admin → All Filters → Custom → Country → Russia. Easy peasy and never ever receive Russian referral spam anymore.

Help the web by sharing

Have you found any new referral spamwebsites that aren’t in our spamlist please let us know! Sharing is caring and we will add it to our list so everybody can be referral spam free. This way we can take the joy out of it for Vitaly and other people that are infesting our web experience. The Dutch version of this referral spam guide can be found here. Special thanks to Raoul.io.

Lets block referral spam!
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95 thoughts on “Lets block referral spam!

  1. brent@prospectamarketing.com'bhickenpm

    Thanks for this.
    A few more to block
    bestwebsitesawards.com
    boostmyppc.com
    blogs\.forum\d+\.info (where the digits are typically your GA UA number.)

  2. moinur@techinews24.com'Moinur

    wow! Crystal clear article. What a fantastic analysis done by you. I got tons of help from this. No confusion now 🙂 Thanks

  3. marco.boucher@free.fr'BuilderX

    I just found your website, just a big thank you for this list ! i was hit very hard by spam till … today 🙂

  4. hanvroon@gmail.com'Han Vroon

    Has anyone noticed the new “(direct) / (none)” entries that are actually also spam? We have two non-commercial websites and know our visitors well. My girlfriend for example has a Dutch website and since a few weeks she gets these visits from abroad. She blocked everything outside the Netherlands.
    I have an English website and cannot block any country. These visits mostly come from the US. 100% bounce, 100% new sessions, 1 page per session. Around this time I usually have 10 visits a day (yes, small eh?), yesterday 46 whereof 40 from the US.
    So from now on it looks like I’m done with GA, can’t use it anymore. Looks like they have successfully found a way to get around the referral spam filters…
    Regards, Han

      1. hanvroon@mail.com'Han Vroon

        You mean our websites?
        slovenialocations dot com and paardenpsyche dot nl
        Good article by the way! It gives a better idea of how it works.

        1. Ad blocker king Post author

          Thanks! You mentioned “Has anyone noticed the new “(direct) / (none)” entries that are actually also spam?”. Can you give us an example of the websites? I might know a way to block them!

          1. hanvroon@gmail.com'Han Vroon

            I dont think that I understand your question… Do you mean the websites that “visit” our sites? I have no information on that. Our websites run at Weebly, so I have no IIS logs or so. What I see in GA is just an amount under Acquisition, Source/Medium of 45 yesterday. Under Geo, Locations I have 46 visits from the US, when I drill down to City, the 46 visits are “not set”, so no city name and they show on the map as coming from Africa (a bought ip-range from a low internet using country?). I Thought that direct/none means that people have your url, eighter stored as favorite or got via e-mail or so. It’s just that this is extreme and new bevaviour, and I usually have 10 visits a month from the US, and hardly any direct ones. I know there is another topic elsewere with people strugling with the same, but no conlusions or solution yet.

          2. hanvroon@gmail.com'Han Vroon

            Sorry for posting again, it seems to disrupt the order (above my previous post). The following topic is really interesting (It will take time before I really understand it).
            https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/analytics/sTinRFgimIU%5B101-125%5D
            (Huge increase in direct traffic from January 4th with high bounce rate).
            At the bottom, someone mentions a browser version and OS version. My 45 direct visits from the US meets exactly those conditions. Mac intel 10.10, Chrome version 40.0.2214.111… weird…

  5. contact@vahns.com'Vincent

    It seems event-tracking.com is not listed on the .htacces
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*event-tracking\.com [NC,OR]
    thanks again

  6. hanvroon@gmail.com'Han Vroon

    Another good site to help fight referral spam… thanks!
    Just one thing, lately I was trying to block Get-Free-Traffic-Now.com and buy-cheap-online.info and that didn’t work with the filter field “Referral”. On one or two sites it was advised to use “Campaign source” instead of “Referral”. This would be the better filter type anyway. So I changed the filter field for all the filters I had and the two sites I mentioned started to be filtered out and all other filters still work.
    Maybe something to concider as advice? Or do you think it just worked for me?

    1. Ad blocker king Post author

      Not really following you right here? You should be able to filter those domains without problems using the “referral” filter field. Done it myself 😀

      1. hanvroon@gmail.com'Han Vroon

        OK, in that case, ignore my post…
        It’s just that after I used the “referral” filter on buy-cheap-online.info, the next day I still got new data. Then I started searching the internet and found someone who advised to use the “campaign source” filter. Then I edited the filter and used the “Verify this filter” option for the first time. With referral it answered with “This filter would not have changed your data.”, with campaign source it would be filtered out.
        So maybe others have benefit of this info?
        Regards, Han

        1. greg@pigeonfarm.com'Greg B

          Han – I did the same thing. .htaccess routes do not work and referral filters were not working 100% for me. Since changing to a campaign exclusion filter based on “campaign source” with regex, the fillers have worked completely, 100%. I just have to keep an eye out for any new bad sites and add them to my list.

          1. Ad blocker king Post author

            Sounds solid! Will try this myself. But keep in mind that it can take up to 24 hours before the referral filters effects are noticeable.

  7. seralso@gmail.com'Sergio Somoza

    The .htaccess method doesn’t work because this referral spam is injected directly into the property Analytics.

    1. Ad blocker king Post author

      Don’t think ssw.com.au is referral spam! Watch out with blocking wrong referral sources from your website as some of them can be legitimate referrals. The editors.choice5269132.hulfingtonpost.com is blocked by our code; RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)*hulfingtonpost\.com [NC,OR] because the first part ^https?:\/\/([^.]+\.)* includes a block to all the subdomains from the root domain.

    1. Ad blocker king Post author

      No problem! We try to update our referrer spamlist daily if not every hour when neseccary 🙂 keep sending us new spamdomains!

  8. andrewcambs@gmail.com'Andrew Martin

    Thanks for this article. I’ve done some work on knocking these out of my stats, but as you mention, it’s a continual battle to get clean data, and the real picture of what’s genuinely going on with human users.

  9. a-v-l@gmx.de'Arndt

    Setting up a referral spam filter in Analytics for each of the now 62 domains would be quite a time consuming task. Since it is possible to use regular expressions simple copy the list of spam domains above, unescape characters and concatenate them with a pipe (|). The result looks like this:
    semalt\.com|darodar\.com|priceg\.com|….

    Since the filter input field in Analytics only accepts up to 800 characters we have to split the string in two parts!

    Now we only have to set up two filters (one of each line of pattern) to remove all domains.
    Hope this helps!

      1. rick@rexp.com'RickBigs

        Thanks Ad Blocker and nice add Arndt with the group update with the pipes. 65 filter entries (and growing) on several GA accounts is a bear. I’ve created the filters as Referral Spam Group 1, Group 2 Group 3 plus added the groups to a word Doc for a quick filter add copy and paste.

        1. brent@prospectamarketing.com'bhickenpm

          Here is how I created them. I added some additional sites that have been mentioned in other comments here. I also had to filter on Hostname instead of Referral as commented below.

          1:
          blogs\.forum\d+\.info|boostmyppc\.com|bestwebsitesawards\.com|semalt\.com|Darodar\.com|Priceg\.com|7makemoneyonline\.com|Buttons-for-website\.com|Ilovevitaly\.com|Blackhatworth\.com|Econom\.co|Iskalko\.ru|Lomb\.co|Lombia\.co|hulfingtonpost\.com

          2:
          cenoval\.ru|o\-o\-6\-o\-o\.com|humanorightswatch\.org|simple\-share\-buttons\.com|sharebutton\.org|s\.click\.aliexpress\.com|social\-buttons\.com|anticrawler\.org|site12\.social\-buttons\.com|adcash\.com|adviceforum\.info|anticrawler\.org

          3:
          blackhatworth\.com|cenokos\.ru|cityadspix\.com|edakgfvwql\.ru|gobongo\.info|iskalko\.ru|kambasoft\.com|luxup\.ru|myftpupload\.com|prodvigator\.ua|resellerclub\.com|savetubevideo\.com|screentoolkit\.com|seoexperimenty\.ru|slftsdybbg\.ru|socialseet\.ru

          4:
          superiends\.org|vodkoved\.ru|websocial\.me|ykecwqlixx\.ru|76brighton\.co\.uk|paparazzistudios\.com\.au|powitania\.pl|sharebutton\.net|tasteidea\.com|descargar\-music\-gratis\.net|torontoplumbinggroup\.com|cyprusbuyproperties\.com|4webmasters\.org

          5:
          ranksonic\.org|best\-seo\-solution\.com|get\-free\-traffic\-now\.com|googlsucks\.com|Buttons\-for\-your\-website\.com|Best\-seo\-offer\.com|offers\.bycontext\.com|ww1\.social\-buttons\.com|website\-errors\-scanner\.com|free\-share\-buttons\.com

          6:
          theguardlan\.com|buy\-cheap\-online\.info|netvibes\.com|guardlink\.org|securesuite\.co\.uk|securesuite\.net|forum20\.smailik\.org|fiverr\.com|aincyunt\.eu

          1. joe@altosagency.com'Joe

            I created the filter exactly the way it is demonstrated above, and I copied in the code as typed… when I went to verify the filter it said my data wouldn’t have changed. Is this because analytics can’t really understand what I am trying to do but it will do it anyway? Did you run into this issue when you created the filter?

  10. bfriar@gmail.com'Brent Friar

    FYI there’s no point if adding the htaccess rules because the spammers are never actually going to your site. They are using random Analytics codes so it’s most effective to us a GA filter to remove invalid hostnames.

    1. Ad blocker king Post author

      You are correct! But people love to block them by Htacces and not fully read this article 😉

  11. joe@altosagency.com'Joe

    FYI there are few sites there that have – in the link that are not escaped and need to have a \ in front of them. i.e. RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} o-o-6-o-o\.com [NC,OR] should be RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} o\-o\-6\-o\-o\.com [NC,OR]
    Also, I added ^https?://([^.]+\.)* before all of the sites i.e. ^https?://([^.]+\.)*semalt\.com [NC,OR] this will block all sub domains i.e. semalt.semalt.com will also be blocked. Great code!

      1. Ad blocker king Post author

        Hey Joe,
        Thanks for the heads up! Edited the Htaccess file as you said 🙂 since blocking all the subdomains in one time is pure spambot ownage! Keep up the good work people (Y) Cheers

  12. jyotis1234@gmail.com'John

    You could check for these also
    forum.topic57578909.darodar.com
    ranksonic.info
    semalt.semalt.com
    search.tb.ask.com
    anticrawler.org
    addons.mozilla.org / referral
    govome.inspsearch.com
    search.tb.ask.com
    search.webssearches.com
    searchamong.com
    searches.vi-view.com
    www1.delta-search.com

    1. Ad blocker king Post author

      Hey John, thanks for the warning but the spamdomains were already on the list and I don’t think search.tb.ask.com or searchamong.com are referral spam websites? Maybe somebody else can tell us more about them!

  13. iriskulikb@gmail.com'ikb365

    One quick question: Are both approaches equally efficient? I.e. does GA approach also prevents from bad ranking in Google?

    1. Ad blocker king Post author

      Read please 😉 but the short answer is No GA is the most efficient since the referrer spam is only manipulating this data.

  14. greg@pigeonfarm.com'Greg B

    I see above you’ve listed “site12.social-buttons.com” for instance. What about “site28.social-buttons.com” – I’ve got that listed on one of my Analytics accounts. Would just using “social-buttons.com” remove all these subdomains they seem to be adding?

    1. Ad blocker king Post author

      Hey Greg B, You can use this code ^https?://([^.]+\.)* in front of every main domain to block all the subdomains. Thanks to Joe 🙂

        1. Ad blocker king Post author

          Correct those sneaky rats are always finding new ways to pollute your GA data. Best fix is to filter them in your Google Analytics, since the referral spam only manipulates the GA data and not actually visits your website (which could be stopped with the Htacces file)… slow process I know..

    1. Ad blocking king Post author

      Hey Omer!

      No, we don’t think referral spam can hurt your rank in Google or is bad for search engine optimization! Unless Google is using GA data like bounce rate, average time and pageviews as a ranking factor to determine your position in the SERPs. But this is just speculation since nobody except for Google knows the exact ranking algorithm. Hope this helped you 🙂

  15. website@evesnight.com'Jane Doe

    I find these spam on my analystic 886404.com, awk.so, urlopener.com. And thanks a lot for healthful information. simple-share-button.com has been lowing my rating.

  16. gauravk.th@gmail.com'Gaurav Kumar

    Thanks for this excellent post. I followed all these steps that you provided in this article.
    Removed spam 🙂

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