How to Block lifehacĸer.com and o-o-8-o-o.com Google Analytics Referral Spam


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A Russian referrer spammer has registered various domains that use special figures – with those special figures the spammer is able to register domains like lifehacĸer.com and  hxxp://o-o-8-o-o.com/

The spammer uses the following URLs in the spam run (this is just a small portion):

  • hxxp://o-o-8-o-o.com/
  • hxxp://lifehacĸer.com/new-revolutionary-shell-from-lifehacĸer.com/

If you want to filter the spam run from your analytics data, then simply use the following steps:

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Create an Exclude Filter

1. Open your Google Analytics account and go to the Admin tab> Cick Filters on the right side in the VIEW section.

2. Click the + ADD FILTER button to create a new exclude filter.

3. Add lifehacĸer.com or something you can easily remember as the Filter Name.

4. Select the Custom Filter Type.

5. In Filter Field, find and select Campaign Source in the list. In the Filter Pattern text box, add lifehacĸer.com and click the blue Save button on the bottom of the webpage. To add multiple URLs to the same filter you can make a Filter Pattern similar to this with a | between each URL: Example.com | Example\.com | lifehacĸer.com | o-o-8-o-o.com

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How to block Lifehacĸer.com referrer spam using your .htaccess file?

If you are aware of a way to access your .htaccess file, you will just have to write the code below in there…

## SITE REFERRER BANNING

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} Lifehacĸer.com [NC,OR]

RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} Lifehacĸer.com

RewriteRule .* – [F]


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