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Ghost Spam in Google Analytics and how to deal with it

Have you checked your Google Analytics Reports recently and found Referrer Spam from dktr.ru (redirects to iskalko.ru), iskalko.ru, darodar.com, co.lumb.co or other unsavory URL’s? Look in your GA Stats at:
Behavior|Site Content|All Pages

Iskalko.ru and the others are all referrer spam which is a growing problem for webmasters, website owners, and those who provide website services. Iskalko.ru referral traffic in Google Analytics can distort your Audience, Acquisition, and Behavior analytical website data provided by the service. It can also distort your website’s appropriate bounce rate because the spam URL only lands on a single webpage and leaves from the same webpage. Iskalko.ru referral traffic can also use up a website’s bandwidth and cause confusion for new website owners who don’t know why they’re getting referral traffic from iskalko.ru.
If you need assistance or simply don’t have the time to apply what is explained her, I can set up everything your Google Analytics needs to stop and remove the spam from your reports and apply other best practices

What is iskalko.ru?

Iskalko.ru and the other Examples mentioned above are websites that engage in referrer spam indexing tactics aimed at your website analytical data. darodar.ru referrer spam is designed to create repeated site requests to the website it lands on. The benefits that referral spammers have with this tactic is that it will help them advertise the website they want people to visit (such as one of their affiliate websites where they would earn commission for any sales or visits) and it will also improve the spammers search engine ranking. The downside is that referrals from iskalko.ru can interfere with Google Analytics data and other metrics, as well as use a website’s bandwidth by creating repeat requests.

Referrer spam is a very questionable tactic used to promote online content. Spammers target the referral traffic of your website for several reasons:

  • Spammers want to promote a specific webpage or program and want webmasters to visit the webpage or search for it online and visit it through Google results pages.(have you ever visited a site and noticed another window opened showing aliexpress or amazon shoppingh page?
  • Spammers want to boost their rank in Google Search and acquire backlinks.

Referrer spam is not dangerous as such to your website. It will most likely not cause any trouble with how your website is accessed by your visitors or ranked by Google. However, in some cases referrer spam may use up your website’s bandwidth and CPU by creating multiple site requests to your website. In other cases, the spam URL is promoted by traffic bots which create ghost hits and never actually land on your website.

There are multiple websites associated with this URL and if you visit the URL it may redirect you to another webpage such as semalt.com, aliexpress.com, amazon.com or other Shopping Sites which offer Affiliate Programs.
If you need assistance or simply don’t have the time to apply what is explained here, I can set up everything your Google Analytics needs to stop and remove the spam from your reports and apply other best practices.

  • Prepare and Create Filters to Stop the spam.
  • Advanced Segment to remove all the spam from your reports and Clean the historical data.
  • Check and apply other Recommended Settings and Best Practices to ensure only relevant traffic is passing.
  • Once your data is clean and protected, you will receive a Detailed Report about the analysis and configurations made for your property.

Access to your GA Account is needed.

UPDATE:
More Referrer Spam URL’S just found and excluded.
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