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    Google referral spam - decreasing?

    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?
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    Re: Google referral spam - decreasing?

    Yes, I see that as well for the clients where I didn't create filters.

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    Re: Google referral spam - decreasing?

    Saw a big drop in traffic too (up to 25% on some clients) and started to go into a "uhhhh" mode yesterday (1 step before panic, and 2 steps before meltdown)

    Today, I'm happy to see this posting in my feed "Google Analytics Now Removes Referral Spam from Reports Automatically" - posted on TheSEMPost;

    Google Analytics Now Removes Referral Spam from Reports Automatically

    So hopefully referral spam for everyone has been killed. Now, comparing Febrary against January, or any previous months will show a drop in traffic as the spam isn't removed from previous months.
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    Re: Google referral spam - decreasing?

    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!
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    Re: Google referral spam - decreasing?

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    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.

    We pushed out our own article on it, and I know it helped save a number of phone calls and emails from our own clients - https://www.bigredseo.com/google-ana...ont-panic-yet/

    We're still using custom segments on our reporting for clients as it doesn't catch everything, but between Google's filters and our own, we're getting much more accurate results these days.
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    Re: Google referral spam - decreasing?

    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.

    I'll check out your blog post too.

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    Re: Google referral spam - decreasing?

    I wrote about it in my blog too. When I check my analytics for certain clients, some are still getting referral ghost spam. See here: How I Do SEO - Help for SEO Beginners: Ghost Referral Spam is Gone?
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    Re: Google referral spam - decreasing?

    This the best thing to happen to GA in a while IMO. Still seeing some spam creep in but the accounts I monitor have been cleaned up dramatically.

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    Re: Google referral spam - decreasing?

    What's the latest here? I checked for one site that I do not filter and out of 630 sessions since March, only 10 sessions are from genuine sources.
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    Re: Google referral spam - decreasing?

    It seems to be back.
    Guess they found another way around Google's spam protections.

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