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How to Block Referral SPAM from your Website

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. 

Is referral spam harmful?


No, referral spam isn’t harmful for your website or visitors. It does not install infected software, malware or leave anything 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 multiply times a day are useless because every visit is exactly 0.00 seconds and has a 100% bounce rate. This means that your website Analytics data is going to give a disturbed image of your actual traffic data. 

The referral spam websites


Here is a list of common referral spam website.  If you see these as referrals in you Google Analytics data, you'll want to filter them out so they are not adversely effecting your site statistics. 


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. 

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”.


Filter a country


There is also the option to filter a country. In this case, most of the spam referral traffic comes from Russia.  If you filter this way, you'll 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 and never ever receive Russian referral spam anymore.

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