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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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Totally Free Online Image Optimizing Tool You’ll Thank Me For

Who can forget to not upload an image to their next blog post?

Who can go without an image?

Who does not know how powerful and important an image is for their content?

Now that having Pinterest amongst us, we certainly can’t leave the idea of not adding an image to miss traffic from Pinterest, right?

I am sure you don’t turn off the idea of an image’s importance out of your strategy. Not only it makes the content beautiful, it also is important to rank up your content using images in many search engines’ images searching.

But wait!

Are you uploading the images just like many on your blog?

Don’t you know how to trim down images?

Probably your software or online tool where you create the image does not have the function of trimming down the further?

Do you have an idea what I meant by trimming down an image?

Okay, let me begin with what I have loaded in my mind for it.

How I create an image

I am not good at designing and thus I seek direct help from @canva to create images for my blog posts. They have a pretty great online designing platform where anyone from newbie to advanced level of graphic designers can get their designs done using their filters, backgrounds, text, formatting, and everything there.

If you had selected their paid items to design your image, when you reach to the point of downloading the image, it will ask you to pay for the image to complete the download. There you will see how much it is and how many of the paid items you picked and their individual prices will show in the window.

Else, you can make use of their free items. Free covers wide range of items to design a good image.

How big is that image

It will be of course big. The images I create using Canva are easily above 300kB+ in size. Too much big, isn’t it?

Uploading it directly on the blog post is dangerous. Not dangerous to your life but for your blog site. 300kB can still take a time and a lot of time given the fact if one is accessing your blog post on a slow internet connection.

You gotta have to keep the size as much low as you can get to.

How to trim down the images then

Yeah, let’s do it! You have to trim down the images for sure to not make your site heavy in loading and the more users access the blog post, the more your web hosting bandwidth will be used up.

I do have a WordPress plugin installed with the name “EWWW Image Optimizer”, it does work good but recently something hit me as to why not go through two routes to further optimize the images.

How I found this great online image optimizing tool

Google and curiosity!

The online image optimizing tool that helping me

It is none other than!

Online Image Optimizer

Functions of this awesome image optimizing tool

First and foremost, it is free.

It works great.

Tremendous image optimizing tool I came across with recently.

Results are out of imagination.

How optimizilla works

Okay, here begins the important part.

Do these:

  1. Go to: http://optimizilla.com/
  2. Click on “UPLOAD FILES” and choose images in .PNG or .JPEG formats which you desire to optimize (in quality and size).
  3. Whether you upload one image or multiple images at the same time to optimize. Upon multiple, you will have to go through all the images one-by-one by clicking on thumbnails of each images to perform the optimization.
  4. For .JPEG images, you’ll see two windows where on left one, the original image will be shown at somewhat zoomed level to test out quality in depth. On the right side the preview of reduced image will be seen. On the very right side, you’ll see “Quality” bar to play up with quality of that .JPEG format’s image. That “Quality’ bar goes up to 100 to 10 where higher number makes the quality of image good and lower numbers decrease the quality. You can go up to 30 in quality but for the safe side, I’d recommend going for 50.
  5. For .PNG images, all will be the same as step 4 but instead of “Quality”, you’ll see “Color” bar to play with colors. The “Color” bar moves to 256 to 2 where higher the number represent best quality and lower the number reduces quality and the size. I’d recommend going for 128 in colors for your next .PNG format.
  6. Check the quality by moving the images clicked with mouse’s left button. Check it thoroughly if the pixels are broken and visible differences are being shown on the image(s).
  7. Once done, click on “Download All” and select “Save All” in pop-up window (Windows 8.1 and FireFox users). This will save it to your download’s folder set for your browser (in my case, FireFox and C:\Users\YOURUSERNAME\Downloads\optimizilla.zip)
  8. As you can see the reduced images are downloaded in .zip format, you can extract it OR go into that .zip folder and Copy/Cut and Paste it to your desired location on your hard drive.
  9. That’s it! Enjoy the reduced images in size with your own control of setting the qualities.
NOTE: Any image(s) uploaded/submitted will be deleted after 1 hour as indicated on their footer. So, hurry up.

As you know that I have EWWW Image Optimizer plugin installed on my WordPress blog but it does not reduce much of the sizes of images even I don’t optimize the images through Optimizilla. As for optimized images from Optimizilla, the EWWW Image Optimizer plugin still does not reduce the images’ sizes in great numbers.

Here’s the intro of Optimizilla in video where I recorded how I use this great free online image optimizing tool called Optimizilla:

Over to you guys!

So guys, I have few questions for you before we wrap it up.

  • Do you care about reducing images’ sizes before using them on blog posts?
  • Do you know images can and do make the loading speed to increase?
  • Are you aware that images are one of the biggest bandwidth-hogging item?
  • Will you try Optimizilla to see how it works for you?
  • Which other online or offline image optimizing tools you use to reduce images’ sizes?

I’d love to know them in your comment!

I’d also love if you spread this blog post if you think it is worthy. Who knows this little tool could assist so many people making their page loading speed increasing due to using non-optimized images? 🙂

Enjoy! 🙂

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