How to Get Rid Of Weird Referral Sources in Google Analytics

/How to Get Rid Of Weird Referral Sources in Google Analytics

How to Get Rid Of Weird Referral Sources in Google Analytics

Chances are if you’ve been regularly checking your medical or aesthetic practice’s Google Analytics that you’ve come across some strange referral sources. You might see Facebook, Twitter, Real Self, or possibly another directory you’re listed on. However, you may see sources such as:

  • semalt.com
  • social-buttons.com
  • buttons-for-website.com

weird referral sources

What are these referral sources?

Semalt claims they are “a professional webmaster analytics tool that opens the door to new opportunities for the market monitoring, yours and your competitors’ positions tracking and comprehensible analytics business information.”

Semalt appears to be crawling massive amounts of websites and web pages in order to show up in your reports so that you’ll then say “hey, who is Semalt?” and go to their website. Their call to action on their website is for the user to enter your domain for a free analysis. It’s a sneaky tactic that many would consider to “referral spam.”

Similarly, social-buttons.com and buttons-for-website.com utilize spam bots that are also trying to drive traffic to their website by crawling your site.

How to get rid of these sources?

Obviously, having these sites in your analytics reports skews the data. Furthermore, if you get enough of this spam traffic it may affect your site’s bandwidth, and ultimately, speed.

To remove these sources from all future analtyics reports click on “Admin” in the top navigation bar. Then, under the ‘Account’ column click ‘All Filters’.

filters

Next, name your filter and set the predefined filters to exclude traffic from the domain you want excluded, like the example below.

filter2

In some instances you may not be able to access the links under the Account column (if you don’t have master access). In this case, simply go to the View column on the far right of your Admin page. Then click the first link ‘View Settings’. From there, you’ll simply need to check the ‘Bot Filtering’ box.

bot filtering

Would you like to learn more about using Google Analytics? Check out our collection of articles about using analytics to analyze your marketing efforts. If you’d like to learn more about how you can imporove your digital marketing then drop Turbo a line here or call us directly at 877-673-7096 x2.

By |2018-07-31T05:19:54+00:00April 15th, 2015|Google Analytics|0 Comments

About the Author:

Tom joined Matt in 2010, helping co-found Turbo Medical Marketing. As COO, Tom oversees all production and works directly with both the executive team and the Account Managers. Tom has helped to formulate systems and processes for sales, business development, internal marketing, service offerings, client intake, and employee hiring and training. You can get a sense of Tom's marketing knowledge, as well as pick up some marketing tips and insights, by checking out the Turbo blog that he contributes to weekly. Tom has also spoken at several aesthetic conferences in the past about topics ranging plastic surgery technology to mobile marketing. Tom received his B.A. in Business Management Economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He is a former collegiate rugby player and he enjoys golfing, snowboarding, hiking, and playing with his dog Yogi in his spare time. He's also a mentor with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program in Charleston. Tom lives with his wife Lindsay in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

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