How To Block Spam

  • Free-Share-Buttons referral spam seems to be the most common ghost referrer spam out there. In fact, this spam seems to affect my Google Analytics data across all of my sites, even my new sites! Currently, my Google Analytics data for this site shows that 159 of my visits in the last month have come from free-share-buttons alone, so I’ve decided to filter this data out and show you how I’m going to do it.

How To Block Spam: Filter Method

The easiest way (and the way I always filter out this type of referrer spam) to filter out referrer traffic is to simply follow the instructions below:

1. Log Into Your Google Analytics Account

Google Analytics Login Screen


2. Go To Your “Admin” Tab

Google Analytics Admin Tab


3. Click On “Filters” Under The “View” Section

Google Analytics Filters



4. Click On “+New Filter”

Google Analytics Add New Filter

5. Enter The Information In The Image Below And Save

Free-Share-Buttons referral

How To Block Spam: Htaccess Method

In every article I’ve written about ghost referrer spam, I never recommend using this method or the following method if the referrer spam is indeed ghost referrer spam that never actually visits your site.

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} [NC,OR] RewriteRule .* – [F]

How To Block Spam: Deflecting Method

This is not a recommended method, but you can create a text file called “” and add the following code to it:

##referer –> redirect target

After that, you’re going to want to add the following code to your .htaccess

RewriteMap deflector txt:/path/to/
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !=””
RewriteCond ${deflector:%{HTTP_REFERER}} =-
RewriteRule ^ %{HTTP_REFERER} [R,L]

Why Does Free-Share-Buttons Referrer Spam Occur?

Unlike other referrer spam, visiting is safe since there is no longer a website associated with it. There isn’t even a 301 redirect taking you to a porn site like Guardlink or pop-under landing page like 4webmasters. Checking the Wayback Machine also yields no results, suggesting that this site blocked web crawlers at one point. Since the only thing I have to go off of is the name of the site, I’ll just assume it was a site that sold social sharing buttons and gained its traffic through referrer spam.

Alistair Kavalt