The ultimate list of referrer spam

18In this post we will explain what is a referrer spam, how to identify it and what to do in Google Analytics.

What is referrer spam?

There are different source/medium where we can track our traffic (direct, organic, referrer, cpc…) As pointed out, one of those is called referrer, this tells us the URL or HTTP header where a user comes from and has accessed our website. The problem is that some of these referrer are not always real since as we can already guess, there are robots which function is to analyze and track our website. They will appear in our referrer list as for example, googlebot. As well, there are other kind of robots which are called spam robots. They use the URL header to promote their sites or their affiliate sites and drive traffic to them. To appear on our referrer list, they have to make a request to our Google Analytics javascript code.

Why do we have to detect the referrer spam?

If we do not detect those fraudulent referrer sites in time, we could be taking some wrong decisions. If we have referrer spam in our statistics and we do not know it, that will distort our statistics in Google Analytics. Another action that those bots can perform is to perform fraudulent clicks, collect emails, analyze our web content, insert viruses… For all these reasons it is very important to have these type of referrers detected.

How do we know our referrers are fraudulent?

Usually, we know that a referrer is spam because there is a high bouncing rate, the locations from those visits come from locations that are not related to our business strategy and the amount of visits from those sites is very high.

Is there an available list of the most common referrer spam?

Yes! Fortunatelly, there are several lists available. Here you have an extended list of the most common referrer spams we know so far. Just copy them and add them to your Google Analytics as a negative referrer site.

0n-line.tv
100dollars-seo.com
12masterov.com
1pamm.ru
4webmasters.org
5forex.ru
7makemoneyonline.com
acads.net
adcash.com
adf.ly
adspart.com
adventureparkcostarica.com
adviceforum.info
affordablewebsitesandmobileapps.com
afora.ru
akuhni.by
alibestsale.com
allknow.info
allnews.md
allwomen.info
alpharma.net
altermix.ua
amt-k.ru
anal-acrobats.hol.es
anapa-inns.ru
android-style.com
anticrawler.org
arendakvartir.kz
arkkivoltti.net
artparquet.ru
aruplighting.com
autovideobroadcast.com
aviva-limoux.com
azartclub.org
baixar-musicas-gratis.com
baladur.ru
balitouroffice.com
bard-real.com.ua
bestmobilityscooterstoday.com
best-seo-offer.com
best-seo-solution.com
best-seo-software.xyz
bestwebsitesawards.com
bif-ru.info
biglistofwebsites.com
billiard-classic.com.ua
bizru.info
black-friday.ga
blackhatworth.com
blogtotal.de
bluerobot.info
blue-square.biz
bmw.afora.ru
brakehawk.com
break-the-chains.com
brk-rti.ru
brothers-smaller.ru
budmavtomatika.com.ua
burger-imperia.com
buttons-for-website.com
buttons-for-your-website.com
buy-cheap-online.info
buy-forum.ru
cardiosport.com.ua
cartechnic.ru
cenokos.ru
cenoval.ru
cezartabac.ro
chinese-amezon.com
cityadspix.com
ci.ua
civilwartheater.com
clicksor.com
coderstate.com
codysbbq.com
conciergegroup.org
connectikastudio.com
copyrightclaims.org
cubook.supernew.org
customsua.com.ua
cyber-monday.ga
dailyrank.net
darodar.com
dbutton.net
delfin-aqua.com.ua
demenageur.com
descargar-musica-gratis.net
detskie-konstruktory.ru
dipstar.org
djekxa.ru
dojki-hd.com
domination.ml
doska-vsem.ru
dostavka-v-krym.com
drupa.com
dvr.biz.ua
e-buyeasy.com
ecomp3.ru
econom.co
edakgfvwql.ru
egovaleo.it
ekto.ee
e-kwiaciarz.pl
elmifarhangi.com
erot.co
escort-russian.com
este-line.com.ua
euromasterclass.ru
europages.com.ru
eurosamodelki.ru
event-tracking.com
fast-wordpress-start.com
fbdownloader.com
floating-share-buttons.com
forex-procto.ru
forsex.info
forum20.smailik.org
forum69.info
free-floating-buttons.com
free-share-buttons.com
free-social-buttons.com
freewhatsappload.com
fsalas.com
generalporn.org
germes-trans.com
get-free-social-traffic.com
get-free-traffic-now.com
get-your-social-buttons.info
ghazel.ru
girlporn.ru
gkvector.ru
glavprofit.ru
gobongo.info
goodprotein.ru
googlemare.com
googlsucks.com
guardlink.org
handicapvantoday.com
hongfanji.com
hosting-tracker.com
howopen.ru
howtostopreferralspam.eu
hulfingtonpost.com
humanorightswatch.org
hundejo.com
hvd-store.com
ico.re
igru-xbox.net
iloveitaly.ro
iloveitaly.ru
ilovevitaly.co
ilovevitaly.com
ilovevitaly.info
ilovevitaly.org
ilovevitaly.ru
iminent.com
imperiafilm.ru
investpamm.ru
iskalko.ru
ispaniya-costa-blanca.ru
it-max.com.ua
jjbabskoe.ru
justprofit.xyz
kabbalah-red-bracelets.com
kambasoft.com
kazrent.com
kino-fun.ru
kino-key.info
kinopolet.net
knigonosha.net
konkursov.net
laxdrills.com
littleberry.ru
livefixer.com
lsex.xyz
luxup.ru
makemoneyonline.com
manualterap.roleforum.ru
maridan.com.ua
masterseek.com
mebelcomplekt.ru
mebeldekor.com.ua
med-zdorovie.com.ua
minegam.com
mini.7zap.com
mirobuvi.com.ua
mirtorrent.net
mobilemedia.md
moyakuhnia.ru
msk.afora.ru
muscle-factory.com.ua
myftpupload.com
niki-mlt.ru
novosti-hi-tech.ru
online-hit.info
onlywoman.org
o-o-6-o-o.com
o-o-8-o-o.com
o-o-6-o-o.ru
o-o-8-o-o.com
o-o-8-o-o.ru
ooo-olni.ru
ozas.net
palvira.com.ua
petrovka-online.com
photokitchendesign.com
pizza-imperia.com
pizza-tycoon.com
pornhub-forum.ga
pornhub-forum.uni.me
pornhub-ru.com
pornoforadult.com
portnoff.od.ua
pozdravleniya-c.ru
priceg.com
pricheski-video.com
producm.ru
prodvigator.ua
prointer.net.ua
promoforum.ru
psa48.ru
qualitymarketzone.com
quit-smoking.ga
qwesa.ru
rankings-analytics.com
ranksonic.info
ranksonic.net
ranksonic.org
rapidgator-porn.ga
rcb101.ru
rednise.com
research.ifmo.ru
resellerclub.com
reversing.cc
rightenergysolutions.com.au
rospromtest.ru
rusexy.xyz
sady-urala.ru
sanjosestartups.com
santasgift.ml
savetubevideo.com
screentoolkit.com
search-error.com
semalt.com
semaltmedia.com
seoanalyses.com
seoexperimenty.ru
seopub.net
seo-platform.com
seo-smm.kz
sexyali.com
sexyteens.hol.es
sharebutton.net
sharebutton.to
shop.xz618.com
sibecoprom.ru
simple-share-buttons.com
siteripz.net
sitevaluation.org
sledstvie-veli.net
slftsdybbg.ru
slkrm.ru
snip.to
soaksoak.ru
social-buttons.com
socialseet.ru
sohoindia.net
solnplast.ru
sosdepotdebilan.com
spb.afora.ru
spravka130.ru
steame.ru
success-seo.com
superiends.org
taihouse.ru
tattooha.com
tedxrj.com
theguardlan.com
tomck.com
top1-seo-service.com
toyota.7zap.com
traffic2cash.org
traffic2money.com
trafficmonetize.org
trafficmonetizer.org
trion.od.ua
uasb.ru
uzungil.com
videos-for-your-business.com
video–production.com
video-woman.com
viel.su
viktoria-center.ru
vodaodessa.com
vodkoved.ru
webmaster-traffic.com
webmonetizer.net
websites-reviews.com
websocial.me
wmasterlead.com
wordpress-crew.net
ykecwqlixx.ru
youporn-forum.ga
youporn-forum.uni.me
youporn-ru.com
yourserverisdown.com
zastroyka.org

How to exclude them from my Google Analytics statistics?

The referrer spam make a call to our Google Analytics JavaScript code and that is why, any change we do in our server, will not prevent those referrers to appear. For this is reason, in order to remove all those annoying referrers from our statistics we will have to add them to the reference list exclusion. In order to do so, you can easily follow the step-by-step guide by Adinton.

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