Junior Member from US
joined:Feb 27, 2004
If Google is so 'smart' how come they can't stop Referral Spam ?
Before I started using GA a year ago.. and some years before..
It would kind of bug me seeing all the 404 errors that would be commonly noted as referral spam.
Now that I am also using GA... they sure do show up.
In particular I am referring to what people are calling "ghost referals."
I cross reference with pings to get their ip address and they don't show up in my logs. And the "ghost referrals" are spoken about in numerous websites.
My websites aren't particularly big...
So they "stick out" in the referral logs.
1.) Do these "ghost referrals" count as legitimate hits to my website in GA ?
2.) Should I just not care about them anymore.. and stop give up chasing them down and putting filters on for them ?
Yes, I know about blocking in .htaccess files.. but that doesn't do anything about "ghost referrals."
Thanks for your thoughts and comments.