, this is not always
true, and +Analytics Edge
(Mike - I can't find your personal Google+ ID) mentions that in the article.
"If you can, and know how, blocking the visits from your web server would be better. On an Apache web server, this would be done by modifying the .htaccess file."
However, in some cases this method doesn't work, as Mike explains.
"The latest arrivals (darodar.com
) have been what I call “ghost referrals” because they actually NEVER VISITED YOUR SITE."
Mike, for the second example you suggest create an include filter with valid hostnames only, i.e. all hostnames where my GA ID lives.
These websites, like darodar.com
, appear as referrals (at least in my accounts) and not as one of my valid domains - if the latter was the case I'd see darodar.com
page path in my All Pages report.
So, my question: how will this include filter work? I'm sure I'm missing something, so I hope you don't mind the question.