This article has been constantly updated since January 2015 and has shown over 330,000 people how to get rid of spam in Google Analytics reporting.2017-01-01: the spammers continue to adapt to various spam fighting techniques, which has recently resulted in at least one free service ( to give up due to the effort required to maintain a working solution.For my part, I will continue to maintain this article for as long as it is needed — Mike Sullivan This is a long article — I have included a lot of background and detail to explain why this solution is so effective, and to dispel a number of urban myths around referral spam.

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In late 2016, the spam has evolved again, this time focused on inserting a fake Language, and using a rotating series of fake and real sources.

This latest blitz also uses valid hostnames on some of the traffic, indicating the spammer is working to get around the common protections people have deployed. They just don’t talk about what they are doing, and that is a widely adopted security best practice: never talk about what protections you have in place.

TWiki is now capable of dealing with login names that are not 7bit ascii (by transforming those logins into a 'c UID' that can be used by rcs).

TWiki:: Users now uses The %MAINWEB% and %TWIKIWEB% variables have been deprecated.

At the beginning of 2016, there were still lots of players pushing through Google’s defenses, even if only for a few days (see image).

As of June, 2016, the trend continues with most ghost spam changing in a few days, but the crawlers seem to run for months.

I would like to say thank you to Stijlbreuk for their efforts over the past couple of years.

We all believe it is time for Google to make our services unnecessary.

The problem of fake references in Google Analytics has changed significantly over the past 2 years.