Donald in your Data: Russian Trump Spam in Google Analytics

"Secret.ɢoogle.com You are invited! Enter only with this ticket URL. Copy it. Vote for Trump!” - What's Donald Trump doing in your Analytics data? And are Russian hackers manipulating the election? Read and find out!

“Secret.ɢoogle.com You are invited! Enter only with this ticket URL. Copy it. Vote for Trump!”

This message is popping up in Analytics accounts all over the world. It seems to come from Samara, Russia, and is a form of referral spam (also known as referrer spam, log spam or referrer bombing). Referral spam is a low-level form of spamming where abusers try to add messages in Google Analytics, usually through the means of bots. Basically, these bots create a hyperlink to any of the pages of a website (usually the root domain) containing UTM-tags - the information that Google Analytics uses to know from which source, campaign, or referral a visitor came.

Donald Trump referral spam in Analytics

Spamming for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton?

Personally I wonder if such a campaign wouldn’t hurt a campaign rather than help it. I would be pretty angry if a presidential candidate would try to mess with my analytics data to get me to vote. Only advanced users, web masters and SEO/SEM professionals would see this, and these are usually pretty sensitive when it comes to data!

<puts on tin foil hat> Or could it be a conspiracy from Hillary, trying to get people to vote AGAINST Trump? </>

I’d bet it’s just another generic spammer, trying to capitalize on Trump’s momentum in the media. He might have done the same thing 8 years ago for Obama. What do you think? Many voters think that Russian hackers, or even Putin himself, are rigging the presidential election. Cast your vote in this quick poll:

Who’s behind the Trump spam in Analytics?

Trump’s campaign team, to attract voters
Hillary, to discredit Trump with illegal marketing practices
A 3rd party spammer who capitalizes on Trump’s online buzz
Other
Please Specify:

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Anyways, this will probably be all over by Tuesday, and let’s hope we won’t see this type of spam again!

What is secret.google.com?

It seems that the site on secret.google.com doesn’t exist. Trying to visit that subdomain leads to a 500 error, meaning that there’s no server responding. No risk of malware of spyware, but it’s always better not to try it out and ignore these links.




How to get rid of referral spam

Unfortunately, there’s no way to get information OUT of Google Analytics once it’s in there. However, there are ways to keep this kind of spam out in the future, and to remove it from the reports on existing data.

How to block referral spam in Google Analytics

As the name suggests, we usually see this kind of spam in the referral-section of Google Analytics. If Analytics isn’t properly set up (that’s by far in most of the cases), you can see suspicious referrals (under Acquisition > Referrals), such as:

  • secret.google.com
  • 1-free-share-buttons.com
  • 100dollars-seo.com
  • copyrightclaims.org
  • darodar.com
  • Etc.

In the case of the Vote for Trump referral spam, the information is located in the language-tag (under Audience > Geo > Language).

To effectively block referral spam, do the following in Google Analytics:

  1. Go to ADMIN > All Filters
  2. Click on “ADD FILTER”
  3. Give the filter a name (e.g. “include host only”)
  4. Click on Filter Type “Custom”
  5. Click “Include”
  6. Click “Select Field” and select “Hostname”
  7. Under “Filter Pattern”, add the domain name of your website (e.g. “searchify.ca”)
  8. Apply the filter to any of your profiles.

This will ensure that only Analytics requests from your own domain will be counted in Google Analytics. Automated , external requests from other domains will not be included in the data.

How to remove referral spam from Analytics reports

In order to remove referral spam from reports, add a similar filter to the reports. In the case of the Donald Trump referral spam, do the following to filter the referrer spam out of any Analytics report or Data View:

  1. Create a new Report or Segment
  2. Click on “Traffic Sources”
  3. Under “Source”, type the domain of the spammer you’d like to exclude (e.g. “webmonetizer.net”
  4. If you have multiple spammers, choose “matches RegEx” and add a list of spammer domains, separated by a pipe sign and with a backslash before the dot (e.g. “webmonetizer\.net|wmasterlead\.com”. Feel free to omit the top domain levels (e.g. “.com” or “.ru”) altogether.
  5. Save your report or segment.




List of referral spammers

To block notorious spammers before they infect your data, use instructions above and the following referral spammers list to block them before they reach your site:

List of referral spammers (doc)

You can also find the full list of referral spammers below:

0n-line.tv
1-99seo.com
1-free-share-buttons.com
100dollars-seo.com
12masterov.com
1pamm.ru
1webmaster.ml
2your.site
3-letter-domains.net
4webmasters.org
5forex.ru
6hopping.com
7makemoneyonline.com
7zap.com
acads.net
acunetix-referrer.com
adcash.com
adf.ly
adspart.com
adtiger.tk
adventureparkcostarica.com
adviceforum.info
affordablewebsitesandmobileapps.com
afora.ru
akuhni.by
alibestsale.com
allknow.info
allnews.md
allwomen.info
alpharma.net
altermix.ua
amt-k.ru
anal-acrobats.hol.es
anapa-inns.ru
android-style.com
anticrawler.org
arendakvartir.kz
arkkivoltti.net
artparquet.ru
aruplighting.com
autovideobroadcast.com
aviva-limoux.com
azartclub.org
azlex.uz
baixar-musicas-gratis.com
baladur.ru
balitouroffice.com
bard-real.com.ua
best-seo-offer.com
best-seo-software.xyz
best-seo-solution.com
bestmobilityscooterstoday.com
bestwebsitesawards.com
bif-ru.info
biglistofwebsites.com
billiard-classic.com.ua
bizru.info
black-friday.ga
blackhatworth.com
blogtotal.de
blue-square.biz
bluerobot.info
boostmyppc.com
brakehawk.com
break-the-chains.com
brk-rti.ru
brothers-smaller.ru
budmavtomatika.com.ua
burger-imperia.com
burn-fat.ga
buttons-for-website.com
buttons-for-your-website.com
buy-cheap-online.info
buy-cheap-pills-order-online.com
buy-forum.ru
call-of-duty.info
cardiosport.com.ua
cartechnic.ru
cenokos.ru
cenoval.ru
cezartabac.ro
chcu.net
chinese-amezon.com
ci.ua
cityadspix.com
civilwartheater.com
clicksor.com
coderstate.com
codysbbq.com
compliance-john.top
conciergegroup.org
connectikastudio.com
cookie-law-enforcement-aa.xyz
cookie-law-enforcement-bb.xyz
cookie-law-enforcement-cc.xyz
cookie-law-enforcement-dd.xyz
cookie-law-enforcement-ee.xyz
cookie-law-enforcement-ff.xyz
cookie-law-enforcement-gg.xyz
cookie-law-enforcement-hh.xyz
cookie-law-enforcement-ii.xyz
cookie-law-enforcement-jj.xyz
cookie-law-enforcement-kk.xyz
cookie-law-enforcement-ll.xyz
cookie-law-enforcement-mm.xyz
cookie-law-enforcement-nn.xyz
cookie-law-enforcement-oo.xyz
cookie-law-enforcement-pp.xyz
cookie-law-enforcement-qq.xyz
cookie-law-enforcement-rr.xyz
cookie-law-enforcement-ss.xyz
cookie-law-enforcement-tt.xyz
cookie-law-enforcement-uu.xyz
cookie-law-enforcement-vv.xyz

cookie-law-enforcement-ww.xyz
cookie-law-enforcement-xx.xyz
cookie-law-enforcement-yy.xyz
cookie-law-enforcement-zz.xyz
copyrightclaims.org
covadhosting.biz
cubook.supernew.org
customsua.com.ua
cyber-monday.ga
dailyrank.net
darodar.com
dbutton.net
delfin-aqua.com.ua
demenageur.com
descargar-musica-gratis.net
detskie-konstruktory.ru
dipstar.org
djekxa.ru
djonwatch.ru
dktr.ru
dogsrun.net
dojki-hd.com
domain-tracker.com
dominateforex.ml
domination.ml
doska-vsem.ru
dostavka-v-krym.com
drupa.com
dvr.biz.ua
e-buyeasy.com
e-kwiaciarz.pl
easycommerce.cf
ecomp3.ru
econom.co
edakgfvwql.ru
egovaleo.it
ekatalog.xyz
ekto.ee
elmifarhangi.com
erot.co
escort-russian.com
este-line.com.ua
eu-cookie-law-enforcement2.xyz
euromasterclass.ru
europages.com.ru
eurosamodelki.ru
event-tracking.com
eyes-on-you.ga
fast-wordpress-start.com
fbdownloader.com
fix-website-errors.com
floating-share-buttons.com
for-your.website
forex-procto.ru
forsex.info
forum69.info
free-floating-buttons.com
free-share-buttons.com
free-social-buttons.com
free-social-buttons.xyz
free-social-buttons7.xyz
free-traffic.xyz
free-video-tool.com
freenode.info
freewhatsappload.com
fsalas.com
generalporn.org
germes-trans.com
get-free-social-traffic.com
get-free-traffic-now.com
get-your-social-buttons.info
getlamborghini.ga
getrichquick.ml
getrichquickly.info
ghazel.ru
ghostvisitor.com
girlporn.ru
gkvector.ru
glavprofit.ru
gobongo.info
goodprotein.ru
googlemare.com
googlsucks.com
guardlink.org
handicapvantoday.com
havepussy.com
hdmoviecamera.net
hdmoviecams.com
hongfanji.com
hosting-tracker.com
howopen.ru
howtostopreferralspam.eu
hulfingtonpost.com
humanorightswatch.org
hundejo.com
hvd-store.com
ico.re
igadgetsworld.com
igru-xbox.net
ilikevitaly.com
iloveitaly.ro
iloveitaly.ru
ilovevitaly.co
ilovevitaly.com
ilovevitaly.info
ilovevitaly.org
ilovevitaly.ru
ilovevitaly.xyz
iminent.com
imperiafilm.ru
increasewwwtraffic.info
investpamm.ru
iskalko.ru
ispaniya-costa-blanca.ru

it-max.com.ua
jjbabskoe.ru
justprofit.xyz
kabbalah-red-bracelets.com
kambasoft.com
kazrent.com
keywords-monitoring-success.com
keywords-monitoring-your-success.com
kino-fun.ru
kino-key.info
kinopolet.net
knigonosha.net
konkursov.net
law-check-two.xyz
law-enforcement-ee.xyz
law-enforcement-bot-ff.xyz
law-enforcement-check-three.xyz
law-six.xyz
laxdrills.com
legalrc.biz
littleberry.ru
livefixer.com
lsex.xyz
lumb.co
luxup.ru
magicdiet.gq
makemoneyonline.com
makeprogress.ga
manualterap.roleforum.ru
maridan.com.ua
marketland.ml
masterseek.com
mebelcomplekt.ru
mebeldekor.com.ua
med-zdorovie.com.ua
meds-online24.com
minegam.com
mirobuvi.com.ua
mirtorrent.net
mobilemedia.md
monetizationking.net
moneytop.ru
mosrif.ru
moyakuhnia.ru
muscle-factory.com.ua
myftpupload.com
myplaycity.com
net-profits.xyz
niki-mlt.ru
novosti-hi-tech.ru
nufaq.com
o-o-11-o-o.com
o-o-6-o-o.com
o-o-6-o-o.ru
o-o-8-o-o.com
o-o-8-o-o.ru
online-hit.info
online-templatestore.com
onlinetvseries.me
onlywoman.org
ooo-olni.ru
ownshop.cf
ozas.net
palvira.com.ua
petrovka-online.com
photokitchendesign.com
pizza-imperia.com
pizza-tycoon.com
popads.net
pops.foundation
pornhub-forum.ga
pornhub-forum.uni.me
pornhub-ru.com
pornoforadult.com
pornogig.com
pornoklad.ru
portnoff.od.ua
pozdravleniya-c.ru
priceg.com
pricheski-video.com
prlog.ru
producm.ru
prodvigator.ua
prointer.net.ua
promoforum.ru
pron.pro
psa48.ru
qualitymarketzone.com
quit-smoking.ga
qwesa.ru
rank-checker.online
rankings-analytics.com
ranksonic.info
ranksonic.net
ranksonic.org
rapidgator-porn.ga
rcb101.ru
rednise.com
replica-watch.ru
research.ifmo.ru
resellerclub.com
responsive-test.net
reversing.cc
rightenergysolutions.com.au
rospromtest.ru
rumamba.com
rusexy.xyz
sad-torg.com.ua
sady-urala.ru
sanjosestartups.com
santasgift.ml
savetubevideo.com
savetubevideo.info
screentoolkit.com

scripted.com
search-error.com
semalt.com
semaltmedia.com
seo-2-0.com
seo-platform.com
seo-smm.kz
seoanalyses.com
seoexperimenty.ru
seopub.net
sexsaoy.com
sexyali.com
sexyteens.hol.es
share-buttons.xyz
sharebutton.net
sharebutton.to
shop.xz618.com
sibecoprom.ru
simple-share-buttons.com
site-auditor.online
site5.com
siteripz.net
sitevaluation.org
sledstvie-veli.net
slftsdybbg.ru
slkrm.ru
slow-website.xyz
smailik.org
smartphonediscount.info
snip.to
snip.tw
soaksoak.ru
social-button.xyz
social-buttons-ii.xyz
social-buttons.com
social-traffic-1.xyz
social-traffic-2.xyz
social-traffic-3.xyz
social-traffic-4.xyz
social-traffic-5.xyz
social-traffic-7.xyz
social-widget.xyz
socialbuttons.xyz
socialseet.ru
socialtrade.biz
sohoindia.net
solitaire-game.ru
solnplast.ru
sosdepotdebilan.com
spin2016.cf
spravka130.ru
steame.ru
success-seo.com
superiends.org
supervesti.ru
taihouse.ru
tattooha.com
tedxrj.com
theguardlan.com
tomck.com
top1-seo-service.com
topquality.cf
topseoservices.co
traffic-cash.xyz
traffic2cash.org
traffic2cash.xyz
traffic2money.com
trafficgenius.xyz
trafficmonetize.org
trafficmonetizer.org
trion.od.ua
uasb.ru
unpredictable.ga
uptime.com
uptimechecker.com
uzungil.com
varikozdok.ru
vesnatehno.com
video–production.com
video-woman.com
videos-for-your-business.com
viel.su
viktoria-center.ru
vodaodessa.com
vodkoved.ru
w3javascript.com
wallpaperdesk.info
web-revenue.xyz
webmaster-traffic.com
webmonetizer.net
website-analyzer.info
website-speed-checker.site
websites-reviews.com
websocial.me
wmasterlead.com
woman-orgasm.ru
wordpress-crew.net
wordpresscore.com
works.if.ua
ykecwqlixx.ru
youporn-forum.ga
youporn-forum.uni.me
youporn-ru.com
yourserverisdown.com
zastroyka.org
zoominfo.com
zvetki.ru
годом.рф
грузоподъемные-машины.рф
лечениенаркомании.com
непереводимая.рф
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