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we know that bounce rates are an important metric otherwise it wouldn't be listed as a main metric in GA
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Is there a list of IP ranges by country someplace?That is overkill and not very productive. Isolating the sources and blocking those isn't a bad idea, some of us do that as a habit.
In fact bounce rate + time on page + pages visited are all tied together and important signals to the quality and usability of a web page are they not?
Do you think Google considers bounce rate in its search ranking algo?
otherwise these jerks wouldn't waste their time,
Bottom line is no one can point to any one thing and say this will cause your site to gain or lose rankings
@Soupmaster made a very good point, you can block these IPs but since they are coming through the Google SERP blocking them will only cause them to go back which is what your are trying to avoid in the first place. Moreover, blocking IP's will likely result in a number of false positives, thus blocking more users and forcing them back to Google essentially making the situation worse
Does Google take analytics data into effect in ranking webpages. Why wouldn't it?
Cloudflare... I will look into hosting here thanks for the suggestion.
They don't and there is very little evidence to suggest the contrary. There are many reason not to, the most compelling is that GA can very easily be gamed. The premise for referral spam is exactly that.
Setup an external browser to make calls directly to the GA endpoint such that when the webmaster reviews the data it will appears as if there is a spike in traffic coming from a specific referrer. Then the webmaster types the referring URL into his/her browser and immediately gets infected with some malware. That is roughly how referral spam is said to work. In the case of referral spam all the requests are made directly to Google's endpoint and none of those hits are ever made to the attacked website's server. This is a concrete and real example of how GA is being gamed. One could easily set up request to make it appear as though users are loving the website, clicking on links, spending time whatever you would like. At the end of the day it would all be meaningless.
If you are really concerned that GA is causing ranking problems for a website then turn it off, use Piwik or one of the many other non-Google solution available. Or don't use any, use a solution that analyzes your logs instead.
Just to be clear Cloudflare is not a host, it is reverse proxy server that sits between your server on your current host and the web. Web requests are routed through Cloudflare and filtered based on rules that you can set. It also acts as CDN and can cache your static resources, thus serving cached content instead content from your server and as such reduces the load on your server. There are various packages available including a free version. Amazon offers a similar service called CloudFront and I'm sure there are others as well.
Can you manipulate google.com referrals in GA?You can manipulate absolutely anything in GA--and similarly any analytics program, though the problems are increased when it doesn't live on your own server. Analytics doesn't track requests for your content. It tracks requests for the analytics file, with an enormously long query string that might show information about a bona fide human visit--or might be 100% fabricated.
otherwise these jerks wouldn't waste their time
No real experience in this, but I thought the only way google could detect a bounce rate on the search engine is if that visitor