How to Block Referral Spam Completely

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Many rising website admins are facing referral spam problem. This is really an annoying problem. It disrupts your original google analytics report. So webmasters should be careful. Anyway, lets discuss about referral spam.

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What is Referral Spam:

Sometimes you may see unknown traffic sources like trafficmonetize .org and 4webmasters .org etc. in your google analytics report. Everyday you see that you are getting traffic from these websites. It is referral spam. It will increase your bounce rate in google analytics so that you can’t see your website appropriate analytics data. So you should block referral spam completely.

Does Referral Spam Harm Your Website?

Answer is Yes. It may harm your website. It increases your bounce rate in google analytics. Every visits from referral spam is about 0.00 seconds and it has a 100% bounce rate. As a result, you won’t see the actual bounce rate in your google analytics. Which can be harmful for a business. But for normal website, it’s not so harmful. But as a good webmaster, you have to be careful. You should block referral spam immediately.

Referral Spam Websites List:

There are many referral spam websites. But you can download the most common referral list from here.

How to Block Referral Spam:

You can block referral spam from two places. One is from google analytics and second one is from .htaccess. But blocking from both places is a good practice.

Block Referral Spam from Google Analytics:

As referral spam harms your Google Analytics data. So, at first you should block it from google analytics. To do it, follow the steps below.

1. Go to your Google Analytics.

2. Now select Admin tab and click on Filters.

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3. Then click on New Filters.

4. Now enter the referral spam name.

5. Now click on Custom and Select Campaign Source in Filter Field.

6. Now enter the Referral Spam address in Filter Pattern.

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7. Now click on save.

It will take 24 hours to start filtering.

Block Referral Spam from .htaccess:

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I think you already have downloaded the most common referral spam websites list. To block all of these referral spam just copy and paste the code given below in .htaccess file of your website.

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]

I think all of these tips above will help you to block referral spam. If you have any questions, ask me by comment.

You also can know more about referral spam from wikipedia.

source: ads-blocker & ohow