One thing CANDDi can bring to light from your web traffic is just how many spam bots there 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 clients 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 get indexed)
- SEO logs; certain platforms use crawlers to index webpage 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?
Blocking via .htaccess
One potential way to stop spammers getting through is by blocking their domains in the root directory of your domain. Dependent on whether you're using an Apache server, follow this guide at www.htaccess-guide.com.
It's not likely to prevent everything, but might save you from some.
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.
Within the CANDDi dashboard, head to Settings across the top panel and select "Excludes Filter"
In here you can choose to enter in the names of the companies that are repeatedly coming up and you know are spam.
In addition, add the IP Addresses of the visitors in order to exclude anything coming from the same IP Addresses
To find out the IP Addresses of a visitor, click on a profile and scroll down on left hand side you should see the heading "IP Address"
This will show every IP Address a machine has visited from