Over the last few days, I have seen bloggers are getting referral spam traffic from many spam sites including lifehacĸer.com, thenextweb.com, and other spam domain names.
If you look clearly, that’s not the original LifeHacker.com which is a popular site, but similar looking domain name using Unicode characters to look like the original one.
The primary goal of the spammer is to send hundreds of hits to random websites, and when website owners visit the site to check from where the hits are coming, they will show spammy ads on their sites.
Here is proof that bloggers are having a hard time with these spam sites.
How to Stop Spam Traffic from lifehacĸer.com
There are two ways we can stop spam traffic from these locations. The first one is from Google Analytics Dashboard, and the other is to install a WordPress plugins. I recommend method one but for those who want to be on the safer side, apply both methods.
Method One: Stop Spam Traffic Using Google Analytics
- Login to your Google Dashboard account.
- Go to Admin tab and click on Filters on the right side under the view section.
- Click on ‘Add Filter’ button to add a filter which will exclude traffic from these spam sites.
- Give any name to filter and select custom filter type.
- Now click on the drop-down menu and select ‘campaign source’ from the list.
- In the Filter Pattern Box, add lifehacĸer.com
- Click on Save to apply the changes.
- To add multiple spam sites in the filter pattern box, use | (pipe) symbol between each URL.
- Below are few ready-made spam filters you can copy and paste.
http://3-letter-domains.net | | http://abc.xyz | |http://advokateg.xyz |http://compliance-walt.top | | http://larger.io | http://pinkduck.ga | http://poczta.wp.pl
http://thenextweb.com | | http://*.compliance-checker.info | http://*.compliance-don.xyz | http://*.compliance-irvin.xyz | lifehacĸer.com | abc.xyz | webmasters.stackexchange.com
alfabot.xyz | addons.mozilla.org | adguard.com | poczta.wp.pl | info.com | jayzgame.com | tabletstart.lenovo.com | tcl.start.fyi | us.wow.com | zdsearch.com | int.search.tb.ask.com | eyeserp.com
Create three different filters with different names, use the above setting and copy paste these three custom spam filters in the filter pattern box.
If you want to see other sources of spam traffic, in your Analytics dashboard, go to Acquisition > All Traffic > Source/Medium. If you see any suspicious sites sending tons of traffic, add it to the filter above.
Method Two: Installing A Plugin to Stop Spam Referral Traffic
Install and Activate Bot Block Plugin from WordPress.org
You can directly install the plugin right from your WordPress dashboard by simply going to “Plugins > Add New” and searching for Bot Block Plugin.
This plugin has two main functions:
- To stop spam traffic before it reaches your site (which stops spam visits showing in Analytics).
- Save bandwidth, bots use bandwidth when they visit your site, this plugin stops them before they get the chance to download anything.
However, in their full list of Spam Sites, I couldn’t find the latest spam referrals.
Over to You
I would suggest you use both the methods. Method one to keep adding new spam sites, and way two to prevent spam traffic from existing spam source. I hope this article helped you stop spam traffic.
Important – As pointed by Tony in the comments, above method only mask the referral spam and hide it from our Google Analytics dashboard. You need not worry about blocking them as none of the referral traffic actually visit your sites.
The spammer only plays with Google Analytics and make it believe that your site is receiving hits from these spam sites. Comment below if you’re facing any more issue or getting hits from other spam sites not included in the list.
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