Remove Referral Spam

  • Get-Free-Traffic-Now Referral Spam

I haven’t received referral spam in a few weeks now, but it’s still a nuisance that needs to be filtered out of the rest of my data. If you also have an issue with this referral spam ruining your Google Analytics data, then continue reading for a few methods on how to get rid of this spam by filtering 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

Get-Free-Traffic-Now Referral Spam

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 Get-Free-Traffic-Now Referrer Spam Occur?

That referral spam site is actually a “coming soon” website that has a couple of Adsense ads on it. Since there’s really no way to navigate the site, I’m certain that the site owner either wants you to click on one of the 2 Adsense ads or the site owner is looking to have people sign up for his mailing list when they click the “notify me” button for when the site is ready to launch.

Alistair Kavalt