Semalt Expert Shares A Guide To Excluding Search Bots And Spiders From Google Analytics Reports
Google Analytics report concerning web traffic is an advantage to a website owner. However, it can sometimes be a never-ending battle between the good and the bad. Some people may be unaware of the fact that some of the traffic data contained in the Google Analytics report come from robots. Online bots and spiders are behind the skewed data reports in GA. They have the potential to influence how data depicts itself which can be detrimental to the health of the marketing campaign and subsequent decisions.
However, site owners should not worry much because there is a way to detect and get rid of the traffic generated by spiders and bots. It means then that the information provided by Google Analytics will be much more reliable after implementation of these tasks. There is no certain way to prevent a spam bot from reaching a website. Even so, there is a way that users can exclude the spam and search bot traffic from the reports. A large percentage of these bots are susceptible to these methods.
Following the implementation guide from Jason Adler, the leading expert of Semalt, one can increase the value and reliability of the alternate number of visits recorded.
Using information from a bot free report makes it more trustworthy. Also, it allows the owner to validate visitor platforms. Peaks and troughs become apparent and clearer within the graphs created.
How to Exclude the Search Engine Bots in Google Analytics
It is now possible to filter out the traffic data to a website, to see which of them is from natural human activity and that which comes from spam and search bots. The power to do this lies within the function to exclude all hits from known bots and spiders. It is a checkbox within the View admin section in GA.
Steps to Follow to Exclude All Known Bots and Spiders
1. Create a "test" view within the Google Analytics
It allows the user to make the changes they want while maintaining the integrity of their original data in the master view. It also acts as a source of comparison so that the owner can identify the changes taking place after the exclusion has taken place. With satisfactory results, now exclude the bots from the main view.
2. Eliminate Bots and Spiders
Navigate to the Admin section of the Google Analytics tool, select view settings and check the option to exclude all hits from bots and spiders. After completing this, the traffic will now be free of all search and spam bot traffic, making it easier and clearer to report on human traffic.
3. Annotate on Google Analytics
Create annotations in the GA graphs to take note of any traffic drops after implementation of the traffic bot exclusion.
One may notice traffic drops, which all depends on the amount of traffic generated by the bots. The test view and the master view will help pinpoint where the traffic decreases making reporting more reliable.