Block с.новым.годом.рф / Referral Spam in Google Analytics

The russian с.новым.годом.рф / Referral Spam in Google Analytics is a recent addition to one of the biggest problems webmasters have recently had to deal with. In case you were wondering, no – this is definitely not a statistical error or anything. What is с.новым.годом.рф / Referral  is one unwaveringly malicious piece of bad practice (black hat you might say) that was designed specifically to hinder your websites. The most likely culprits are as always, your competitors, although which of them, no one can truly know. Websites like this one are invariably created for one purpose: to abuse google by mimicking real users who utterly dislike your content. Practically all sessions will be 0.00 seconds and have a 100% bounce rate, which are two of the most important metrics for your success. The only thing something like this is created for is to bring down your website in the Google rankings.

the с.новым.годом.рф Referral spam
The bots doing the rounds in the name of the Russian website с.новым.годом.рф / Referral were originally designed for a use they are still employed for: to circulated around the web and index pages. Unfortunately, as it always goes, once it was created, the technology was abused by someone with not exactly sterling intentions. You are currently on the short end of this bad practice. Universally speaking the referral spam is not extremely damaging, but that depends on a case by case basis, primarily because you either have it or you don’t. The scale of the spam is almost always the same, but the size of the website it is trying to bring down is not – and you can end up with hundreds of spam IPs connecting with you while at the same time you have hundreds of visitors from real traffic. And in this case, this will definitely bring down the website massively. Speaking plainly, it is by far the most dangerous for fledgling websites.

Using the Referrals Exclusion List to block  the с.новым.годом.рф / Referral is a bad idea!

If you try to do it, this will not have the intended outcome. The exclusion list will simply remove the с.новым.годом.рф / Referral from the referral part of the statistics, but the bots will not stop connecting. In fact, overall things will grow a lot worse, since the IPs connecting will be listed under all of the normal traffic, making things even murkier for comparisons. 

What amount of spam traffic from с.новым.годом.рф is normal?

We’ve encountered cases of anything between dozens and hundreds – if it’s more than this, you might have received a cyber DDOS attack recently. Regardless of the amount of traffic, look around your other referrals for some more scam websites. Where one comes from, usually there’s a lot more. The sad thing is that there’s absolutely no downside for whoever is doing is. They are practically untraceable and it doesn’t cost almost any effort to put this into motion. Overall there is a very wide array of website names, not just the russian с.новым.годом.рф / Referral Spam. 

Remove с.новым.годом.рф referral spam

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STEP 1: In your Analytics account go to Admin —> All Filters.

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STEP 2: Next, click New Filter and add с.новым.годом.рф in the Filter Name value.

STEP 3. Select the Custom Filter Type.  In the Filter Field —> Campaign Source. In the Filter Pattern text box, add с.новым.годом.рф and click the Save button at the bottom of the webpage.

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 Blocking с.новым.годом.рф referrer spam through .htaccess

If you know how to access your .htaccess file, you just need to input the following code in there:

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} с.новым.годом.рф [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} с.новым.годом.рф
RewriteRule .* - [F]

If you don’t know how to access it, do the following:

Login to your cPanel account —> File Manager —> click the check-box “Document Root for—> your website. A side note: click on “Show hidden Files” and then Go. Find the .htacess file, right click it and choose Code Edit. Input the code I gave you and Save Changes. 

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  • Hi there! A quick and concise guide. Thank you very much for help!!!

    • HowToRemove.Guide Team

      Thank you for the kind words 🙂