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    How to reduce or eliminate "ghost traffic" Referrals to web site?

    Reviewing my visitor traffic, I see a significant percentage of referrals to my site are from something called "burger-imperia.com" and "1-99seo.com." How can I reduce or eliminate such "ghost traffic"?

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    Re: Referral web site

    you can block the connections from .htaccess file.

    Taken from thislink https://www.optimizesmart.com/geek-guide-removing-referrer-spam-google-analytics/

     

    Access your .htaccess file (or web config if you use IIS) and add the following code:

    RewriteEngine On

    Options +FollowSymlinks

    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?://([^.]+\.)*burger-imperia\.com\ [NC,OR]

    RewriteRule .* – [F]

    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?://([^.]+\.)*1-99seo\.com\ [NC,OR]

    RewriteRule .* – [F]

    This code will block all http and https referrals from burger-imperia.com and 1-99seo.com Including all subdomains of “burger-imperia.com” and "1-99seo.com"

     

    To add more domains to the block list use the following format

    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^https?://([^.]+\.)*domain\.com\ [NC,OR]
    RewriteRule .* – [F]

    Remember to use a \ before any . and remove the *if blocking a specific subdomain.

     

    you can also block using the useragent.

    RewriteEngine On
    
    Options +FollowSymlinks
    
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} Baiduspider [NC]
    
    RewriteRule .* – [F,L]

     

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    Re: How to reduce or eliminate "ghost traffic" Referrals to web site?

    This is sort of a game you play with the access rules though. Eventually some other type of ghost traffic will arise and start hitting your site forcing you to rewrite the rules. That is a never ending battle.

     

    I understand Google Analytics does a lot of work to eliminate ghost traffic in their reports as they were getting hammered by google analytics bots to introduce referral links INTO YOUR GA REPORTS! That traffic wasn't even hitting your site.

     

    In reality it is very hard to eliminate ghost traffic entirely. But as your site increases in traffic ghost traffic, or more appropriately referral traffic from websites pointing to your site, will be a smaller percentage of overall traffic.



    Alex Sirota, PMP - NewPath Consulting - Schedule some time with Alex
    "At the moment of commitment, the universe conspires to assist you." -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    Re: How to reduce or eliminate "ghost traffic" Referrals to web site?

    Do attached referrers slow website performance? Thank you.

    Susan @ https://susanmarksphotography.com
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    Re: Referral web site

    I like this solution but I do not know how to implement it using the godaddy site website builder.
    Can some one point me in the right direction?
    Thanks

    Re: Referral web site

    I wish GoDaddy would provide some insight into how to reduce the Ghost Referrals attached to my multiple websites.  The unwanted traffic from outside my country far exceeds the local traffic that I do get.

    Re: Referral web site

    I do not know how to apply the solution to Go Daddy.  Any help would be appreciated!

    Re: Referral web site

    You can use GA to export a list of sites and crawlers or to help you change your allow settings. There are a number of sites. Ill assume you're on Linux/Shared - Wordpress a standard setup. In this case you have a few options, if you are in Windows VPS or Shared -- you have a ton of options. You can p.m. me if it's possible. I can get you a banning application I've built for both that I keep running on my servers. I have a few bare metals and some cloud servers. it's all about the same. Can you give me more info about what it is you're doing because there are many ways to skin a cat. If using wordpress you can use your server sessions log or something like AWstats to retrieve the sessions and how much bandwidth was used, then you into a client app/plugin in Wordpress (if this is your setup, i've done this in Wordfence (WP- Plugin Free w/ Premium options, a standard antivirus firewall plugin), using comma delimiited or line by line entries I believe in whatever program you choose, to create your own library or set of rules to add certain IPs (be careful of getting yourself blocked, been there done there on login restrictions, been there done that and nobody can help you but a different machine usually you wont know you blocked yourself). This is something you ought to do, if you're doing ANY paid ads then this is an ABSOLUTE must or you're going to P1$$ your money down the toilét. my domains' my username. Message me anytime about hosting, DNS, security, marketing, and domain acquisition and domain-investing alongside development and ridding your site of outside countries IPs. There are many VPN services out there but not as accessible in certain areas so luckily for now it works pretty well to to general regional blocks and then add lists manually to your DNU or DNa List (DO NOT allow or Do Not Use in whatever program. You can setup with Whitelists but that can be troublesome if your a growing business. I'd recommend generally blocking the India, Pakistan, Russian, China, unless your eCommerce then it's a judgement call. Definitely use Google Analytics to determine whether these users ever purchase anything. It's normal to be more popular internationally then in your own country, it just becomes a new demographic which you must stay on top of, research and "get to know the people and area" which you can do through live session recording -- as i do on all my sites and clients' sites, I built a program that will allow you to monitor in realtime and interject or auto interject based on meta data and behaviors. I'll keep this Intermediate-Beginner, if you want to know more. I'd be happy to share my knowledge to those interested. 

     

    Nick S @

    @Buster123