Non-Commons Analytics Entries
Perusing Google Analytics on the Commons, I see that two of the top 10 most visited sites on the CAC in the past year are /inst.webinstantservice.com/ (~10% of visits over past year, though beginning only in March) and /4webmasters.org/ (.65% of visits in past year, though ending in January).
Is there an easy explanation for these domains drawing such heavy traffic?
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#1 Updated by Boone Gorges over 2 years ago
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It appears that this is a known issue in Google Analytics, known as "ghost spam". Here's a guide for how to stop it. https://www.ohow.co/ultimate-guide-to-removing-irrelevant-traffic-in-google-analytics/
Given the dynamic nature of our domains - both the *.commons.gc.cuny.edu wildcard and our ever-growing list of mapped domains - it may be easier to maintain a blacklist of invalid hostnames.
I'll have a first pass.