Web Traffic Analytics: How to block fake referrals from skewing your stats

If you have been frustrated with high bounce rates and suspicious spikes in your Google Analytics traffic, you might want to check your referral stats to see if your traffic is coming from traffic spammer websites.

First, in your Google Analytics, go to: “acquisition>all traffic>referrals” and write down any sites with fishy names like http://www.get-referral-traffic-now.com, free-social-buttons.com, etc. I would recommend copying down any odd referral sites that are sending 5 or more “visitors” to your site a month, since on a small site, those stats can mess up your analytics data with false bounce rates and fake “increases” in traffic — making it hard to get a proper assessment on how your site is doing in reality.

WP-ban: eliminate fake referrals from messing up your stats
Do these sites keep showing up as referrals in your web stats?

Next, search for a plugin called “WP-ban” in your “plugins>add new” tab of your WordPress site. After installing and activating, go to the “settings>ban” tab and add the fishy sites you copied down into the ban category as shown in the photo above.

That’s it! Any fake traffic trying to come from those sites will get a “banned” message from the plugin and won’t register in your analytics data.

https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-ban/

Web Traffic Analytics: How to block fake referrals from skewing your stats

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