Recently there is an ongoing problem with fake “reddit” Google Analytics Ghost Spam (from Social traffic source). I could not find a working solution to this issue anywhere. So what I had to do is try to find a way to fix this myself. I have created a very simple Filter which fixes this issue immediately, 100%!
The fake reddit spam in Google Analytics is coming up as Social source and country of origin is Russia, like this:
After hovering over the link the full URL appears to be:
Here is a screenshot:
As you can see the Medium says it is Social and Source is “reddit”. I have tried several ways to fix this issue. What has worked for me instantly, and is still working is this filter I have created for Google Analytics:
In Google Analytics click the Admin tab (left side of the screen near the top) and select All Filters. Next, click ADD FILTER. Fill out the first box asking you for Filter Name. Name it something like “Fake reddit spam block page title”. Next, the Filter Type needs to be set to Custom and Exclude must be selected. Click the Filter Field drop-down menu and select Page Title. Next, in Filter Pattern enter this:
The Case Sensitive box can be ticked, the filter will still work fine. Below you will see Apply Filter to Views, select one of the Available Views: All Web Site Data and click Add. Next, click SAVE and you’re done!
This ongoing issue was becoming very frustrating but creating this filter has fixed the fake reddit Google Analytics spam from appearing in the Supercomtech Google Analytics data. I hope this issue will also solve your problem, and I’m sure it will. Please comment below and tell us if you are happy with this solution.