The hacker is back again and hacking google analytics. People have started receiving a lot of referral spam which is disrupting their google analytics data and causing frustration and panic amongst website owners around the world. The spam appears as coming from Twitter, and the Page Title is Vitaly rules google, like this:
Page title: Vitaly rules google
Here is a screenshot of how it appears in the google analytics admin panel:
After some testing, I was able to successfully create a solution to this problem by creating a working Filter 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 “Vitaly rules google referral spam”. 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:
Vitaly rules google
The Case Sensitive box should be ticked as you can see in the screenshot. 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!
Note: Do not worry, you are not blocking the real Twitter. You are only blocking the “Vitaly rules google” Page Title from appearing.
This ongoing issue was becoming very frustrating but creating this filter has fixed the “Vitaly rules google” Google Analytics referral 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.
This fix Really Does Work if you follow the steps properly. After you create the filter you will need to wait at least 5 minutes. Also, remember to look at Active Users in Google Analytics Real-time Traffic Sources.