Pro-Trump (and other) referrer spam in Google AnalyticsSecret. ɢoogle. com You are invited! Enter only with this ticket URL. Copy it. Vote for Trump!
Note that ɢoogle(.)com , is NOT the same as Google(.)com !
"Prolific Russian spammer" Vitaly Popov has registered websites that use the latin version of letters, meaning he can get a URL that looks very much like google.com
, but directs visitors elsewhere. And Popov has been including pro-Trump messages in his spam (and anti-Google messages, since they apparently disabled his AdSense account).
It's not just fake Google URLs - others are seeing "lifehacĸer" (which is not lifehacker.com
) and other sites in their +Google Analytics
And the author of linked article below notes:Editor's note: A link to this article has been included in a wave of Google Analytics spam. Although it may appear that traffic is coming from Motherboard to your site, that is not the case. More information can be found here.
The important thing is to NOT click the links you see in your Google Analytics, Blogger or other site stats. The whole purpose of referrer spam is to get you - the site owner - to click the link, and some may lead to malicious websites. +Google Analytics
has the option to create a filter that excludes traffic referred from selected domains, so once you've identified the spam, you can exclude it from your reports:https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/1034842
Read more at +Motherboard
about the recent wave of Google Analytics spam: http://motherboard.vice.com/read/this-pro-trump-russian-is-spamming-google-analytics
(via +Dan B.