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How To Block YourServerIsDown.com via Google Analytics

How to block YourServerIsDown.com through Google AnalyticsGosh! This is sick. I am so fed up of YourServerIsDown.com .. This thing got me!

How?

I will so tell you so that it does not mess up your analytical data as well. Or if it has, you block this little piece of mess.

Well as you know that unwanted and unethical traffic hitting our webpages are really bad. So bad in terms of recording analytical data where they may easily destroy bounce rates, audiences, acquisitions, and behaviors that are recorded by Google Analytical bots.

The one bad picture is how worst these referral traffics are when they hit your webpage, they mostly target your homepage and nothing else. After a few seconds they exit because they are programmed to stay active for awhile and with it they do not hit any other links/pages from your home page so the bounce rate per visit from such referral traffics are at 100%. Scary enough, right?

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How to Block YourServerIsDown.com off Your Google Analytics Acount

Okay, I won’t go long and long with this post but straight towards the point to actually how to block YourServerIsDown.com with one easy way through Google Analytics.

Let’s begin the process which is as easy as boiling the water:

  • Go to your Google Analytics page
  • Click on “Admin
  • Click on “All Filters” from “Account” column
  • Click on “New Filters
  • Type anything you want to name that blockage for you to easily remember in “Filter Name“. For safe side, put in the URL of “yourserverisdown.com”.
    Click on “Custom” in “Filter Type“.
  • Click on drop-down list of “Filter Field” and choose “Campaign Source“.
  • Type in the URL “yourserverisdown.com” in “Filter Pattern” because this field is the one which will block the traffic from that Referrer/URL/Website.
  • Leave all the fields unchanged.
  • Scroll down the page and click on “All Web Site Data” from the box under “Apply Filters to Views“. When selected, click on “Add” button so it will move “All Web Site Data” under “Selected Views“, this is the one which will enable the filter and make it work.
    In last, hit “Save” and filter is enabled.

How to verify if the filter is working or not

Okay, I am not that tech-savvy and wanted to search for available methods to check to see how I can verify that filter.

Since YourServerIsDown.com is a spam website, hits error when accessing and that you cannot put your website URL anywhere on that website to click and check if it is really blocking the incoming traffic; I was out of options. Probably I couldn’t get the working methods to confirm YourServerIsDown.com is really blocked.
What I thought of an idea that how if I block a website where I can enter my blog URL to see upon clicking it from that website I block and if it really works to block the incoming traffic/hits.

The method is … just simple!

Go through the same process as above but use FaceBook.com OR Twitter.com to test the filter.

Why them?

Because you can put your blog URL there and clicking the link there will record the information whether the filter is working or not.

Now to verify if it is really working can be seen through the following steps:

  • Go to your Google Analytics’ dashboard
  • Click on “Real Time” then “Over View
  • Now click the link of your blog URL (could be home page or any post) from FaceBook.com Or Twitter.com (which ever you set the filter for)
  • Head back to Google Analytics’s Real Time > Overview and see if any incoming traffic shows up.
  • If you see nothing popping there under “Pageviews” or “Top Referrals“, congratulations! Your set filter is working.
  • If you see anything especially under “Top Referrals” and it is either FaceBook or Twitter whichever you set the filter for and that “Top Active Page” is the one you clicked the link of your blog from FaceBook of Twitter, that means something’s wrong there and you need to revise the steps again to ensure if anything missed during setup.

Video tutorial of how to block YourServerIsDown.com through Google Analytics

Does that filter block YourServerIsDown.com entirely?

In short, no.

Let me go in details as to why not.

Whenever anyone would be coming from a website for example, YourServerIsDown.com, your website will still be accessible and won’t block the page at all for that person like showing some kind of error message but the website and its content. Just that going with Google Analytics to filter the incoming traffic/hits from that particular site (in our case “YourServerisDown.com”), the Google Analytics won’t record any information ever as long as filter is enabled. Thus, your web hosting bandwidth would be using up as well as the incoming traffic would be showing up through the stats of your cPanel (control panel).

Is there any other method to entirely block YourServerIsDown.com spam referral

In order to block such spam referrals entirely, there’s another method done through .htaccess file which I will cover in later days. But, I won’t recommend it going this way until large incoming traffic hitting your blog where your web hosting resources such as memory and bandwidth are being used up and hitting high volumes.

Conclusion!

  • Are you aware of such spam referrals that are messing with your Google Analytical data?
  • How do you block it/them?
  • Would you be applying it on your blog?

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Adeel Sami
 

I do blog. Live as a blogger and die as a blogger.

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