One thing CANDDi can bring to light from your web traffic is just how many spam bots are trawling across the web and, if you're unfortunate enough, on your site.

The reason these bots trawl through onto your site, without disabling analytics tracking can vary. Some of the most common types tend to be;

Referrer Spam: a method for lead generation through spamming you with a client’s name.
Affiliate traffic: also known as ‘ghost referrers’, they trick websites and analytics into thinking there was a visit in order to get shown up in referrer logs, which are indexed.
SEO logs: certain platforms use crawlers to index web page data. They should disable analytics tracking, but are guilty of not at times resulting in multiple visits

There's examples of others, but the important question is what can you do to prevent them getting onto your site? There are two main ways:
Blocking via .htaccess: One way to stop spammers getting through, is by blocking their domains in the root directory of your domain. If you're using an Apache server, follow this guide at It's not likely to prevent everything, but it can reduce the numbers getting through.
Excluding them in CANDDi: To filter them out in CANDDi so you don't see them interfering with the rest of your data, there are a couple of steps you can take. Follow this FAQ for more details.

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