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Just when you thought GA referrer spam was bad

Posted in: General by Richard Hearne on May 7, 2015
Internet Marketing Ireland

Now we have GA Event Spam:

Event Category: to use this feature visit: EVENT-TRACKING.COM
Event Action: to use this feature visit: Event-Tracking.com
Event Label: to use this feature visit: Event-Tracking.com

What pricks.

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  1. Completely :/

    Comment by Simon Fryer — May 7, 2015 @ 6:29 pm

  2. Ooooh… clever!

    Comment by Micah Fisher-Kirshner — May 7, 2015 @ 7:52 pm

  3. This has gotten ridiculous; Google needs to address asap

    Comment by Josh Gates — May 8, 2015 @ 6:02 am

  4. Oh Man 

    Comment by Tim Capper — May 8, 2015 @ 8:29 am

  5. At first it was clever +Micah Fisher-Kirshner. Now it's a pain in a ass!

    Comment by Simon Fryer — May 8, 2015 @ 10:37 am

  6. Stop. Messing. Up. My. data. I. Will. Not. Buy. From. You. FFS. -.-

    Comment by Toni Anicic — May 8, 2015 @ 11:53 am

  7. Is there a way to filter this stuff out?

    Comment by Hernán Mouro — May 9, 2015 @ 1:00 am

  8. we have it as well

    Comment by FB Administrator — May 11, 2015 @ 10:40 am

  9. +Google Analytics Please filter these, they're spamming using GA.

    Comment by Andres Destefanis — May 20, 2015 @ 6:50 pm

  10. yes, and i have to say we are getting lots of DIRECT traffic with (not set) as page title, which got me thinking what's wrong on our site, but that's referral spam which lands on the site and GA has no time to gather the page title, so yet another filter if you manage to find common ground such as hostname or whatever else.

    Otherwise filter with "include only" as someone suggested but i feel you might miss on something..

    oh well, what we can do is to use the "Send Feedback" for GA (at the bottom) and report this on the forums.

    Finally, what GA should do perhaps is to have some sort of authentication. did you guys know you can use someone else's GA tracking code and inflate numbers? that's right.

    Comment by FB Administrator — May 21, 2015 @ 11:01 am

  11. The "include only" filter seems to be doing the trick, at least for simple sites as mine.

    Comment by Hernán Mouro — May 21, 2015 @ 7:20 pm

  12. +Google Analytics anyone can find any tracking code for spamming ex, https://search.nerdydata.com/code/?and_code=www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js','ga'&limit=0,10&rank_min=1&rank_max=1000001 

    Comment by Andres Destefanis — May 23, 2015 @ 4:36 am

  13. spam appearing in app analytics also which is a problem because in app analytics no hostname is specified..

    Comment by F MacDonald — June 1, 2015 @ 3:20 pm

  14. ARGG – this is getting ridiculous…

    1. Google for crying out loud do something or I WILL find another solution for my clients.

    2. What Toni said…. “Stop. Messing. Up. My. data. I. Will. Not. Buy. From. You. FFS.”

    Comment by Sandra — June 15, 2015 @ 6:52 am

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