Secret.ɢoogle.com You are invited! Enter only with this ticket URL. Copy it. Vote for Trump! - Google Analytics Spam

Does "Secret.ɢoogle.com You are invited! Enter only with this ticket URL. Copy it. Vote for Trump!" appear in your Google Analytics language reports? Read more to learn about language spam from Secret.ɢoogle.com and how to stop it.

What is this Secret.ɢoogle.com etc. stuff?

Secret.ɢoogle.com You are invited! Enter only with this ticket URL. Copy it. Vote for Trump! is one of the latest examples of a new generation Google Analytics spam that our monitoring tools have picked up. Previously we saw referrer spam where spammers would pollute the source / medium dimension in Google Analytics, but recently it has spilled over to other dimensions as well. If you're seeing sessions with that exact browser language then your analytics account has been a victim of spammers that pollute your stats in order to get your attention.

The first thing you need to remember is to NOT VISIT Secret.ɢoogle.com! Notice the small "G" in the domain? This is not the Google domain Google.com, but it is a different domain controlled by the spammer. The goal of the spammers is exactly to get you to visit the URL in question so you are then duped into purchasing services or products from them, or using free tools they benefit from (e.g. browser plugins). Monetization is basically the same as with e-mail spam.

There is also nothing you can do on your side (.htaccess rules, WP plugins, firewalls, etc.) as this is ghost traffic that bypasses your server and targets Google Analytics directly using what is called "Measurement Protocol". Unlike regular bot spam, ghost traffic appears only in your GA reports.

Google Analytics Language Spam example of Secret.ɢoogle.com You are invited! Enter only with this ticket URL. Copy it. Vote for Trump! language spam in Google Analytics

Can traffic from language spam hurt my site?

Traffic, registering session with language "Secret.ɢoogle.com You are invited! Enter only with this ticket URL. Copy it. Vote for Trump!" in your language reports poses no direct harm to your site. Of course, the indirect harm caused by the data polution is hard to estimate and will vary. It tends to hit smaller sites harder, as it represents a higher percentage of their overall traffic.

How can I stop or block language spam?

The recommended way is to setup view filters in Google Analytics - an include filter to include only valid hostnames of your site and an exclude filter for the Language dimension, filtering out any invalid language string. This is the easiest and most scalable solution (scalable to an extent). You can see why other options are non-options or have significant shortcomings in the recommended articles linked just below.

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