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Spam "Vitaly rules google ☆*:。゜゚・*ヽ(^ᴗ^)ノ*・゜゚。:*☆ ¯_(ツ)_/¯(ಠ益ಠ)(ಥ‿ಥ)(ʘ‿ʘ)ლ(ಠ_ಠლ)( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)ヽ(゚Д゚)ノʕ•̫͡•ʔᶘ ᵒᴥᵒᶅ(=^ ^=)oO"

If you are wondering why on earth "vitaly rules google ..." is showing in your Analytics, who is behind it, and most importantly how to efficiently prevent not only this but all fake traffic in Google Analytics, you are in the right place

If you want a bit of background (what, who, why) keep reading, if you just want to get rid of it, you can go jump to the solution.

What is "vitaly rules google"?

Vitaly rules google ☆*:。゜゚・*ヽ(^ᴗ^)ノ*・゜゚。:*☆ ¯\_(ツ)_/¯(ಠ益ಠ)(ಥ‿ಥ)(ʘ‿ʘ)ლ(ಠ_ಠლ)( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)ヽ(゚Д゚)ノʕ•̫͡•ʔᶘ ᵒᴥᵒᶅ(=^ ^=)oO is one of the many ghost spam circulating in Google Analytics (check full list). This type of spam considered the most obnoxious and aggressive, it can be shown almost in any part of your reports and ca hit multiple times.

Language Spam: Vitaly rules google ☆*:。゜゚・*ヽ(^ᴗ^)ノ*・゜゚。:*☆ ¯\_(ツ)_/¯(ಠ益ಠ)(ಥ‿ಥ)(ʘ‿ʘ)ლ(ಠ_ಠლ)( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)ヽ(゚Д゚)ノʕ•̫͡•ʔᶘ ᵒᴥᵒᶅ(=^ ^=)oO
Language Spam: Vitaly rules google ☆*:。゜゚・*ヽ(^ᴗ^)ノ*・゜゚。:*☆ ¯\_(ツ)_/¯(ಠ益ಠ)(ಥ‿ಥ)(ʘ‿ʘ)ლ(ಠ_ಠლ)( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)ヽ(゚Д゚)ノʕ•̫͡•ʔᶘ ᵒᴥᵒᶅ(=^ ^=)oO

There are many sites behind the spam in Analytics but this one in specific comes from Vitaly Popov an Anti-Google Analytics Spammer.

Common Concerns About the Spam

I will try to answer briefly some of the most common questions-concerns about the spam in Analytics. If you want full details with demonstrations and graphics you can check this FAQ I made about the Spam in Google Analytics.

To keep it short for you and save you some scrolling, just expand the info you are interested in ;) 

What is the purpose of the spammers?

What is the purpose of the spammer?

Most of the time the purpose of the spammer is to drive traffic to his site, however, there could be other reasons like redirecting you to an affiliate website and get commissions for sales, or get your email.

Is this traffic harmful to my site?

Is this traffic harmful to my site?

Besides your Analytics being polluted, the above scenarios won't represent any threat to your site's security.

However, there are a couple of spammers that will try to make you install a special script that will help with something in your site, DO NOT INSTALL THAT CODE!, this code may contain a malicious script that will make the spammer take control of your site.

Note: If for any reason you inserted a script remove it immediately and scan your site to make sure it isn't infected with malware or hacked pages.

How does it get in my Analytics?

How does it get in my Analytics?

There are different techniques the spammer use to get to your Analytics, however, the most common is Ghost Spam. This technique abuses a little-known service called Measurement Protocol to send data directly to your Analytics without passing through your site.

How to Get Rid fo "vitaly rules google" and any Other Fake Traffic in Analytics?

Instead of playing whack-a-mole with the spammers, I will show you an efficient way of preventing fake traffic on Google Analytics. These combinations of filters will permanently block all ghost traffic, no matter what name it uses or if it shows up as a referral, keyword, page, language, etc.

Below you will find a free guide so you can apply this solution by yourself. If you don't have the time or the sufficient technical knowledge, I can personally set everything you need to keep away all ghost traffic from your Analytics. Contact me for more information!

Characteristics of the spam

Characteristics

These are some characteristics that the fake traffic from ilovevitaly.com shares. Metrics like Bounce Rate and Avg. Session time can be manipulated to look normal.

Hostname used: www.usatoday.com Landing page: /
Bounce Rate: close to 100% can be manipulated Page Title: vitaly rules google
Avg. Session time: close to 0 seconds can be manipulated Location/Country: Mainly Samara Russia
Language: Vitaly rules google ☆*:。゜゚・*ヽ(^ᴗ^)ノ*・゜゚。:*☆ ¯\_(ツ)_/¯(ಠ益ಠ)(ಥ‿ಥ)(ʘ‿ʘ)ლ(ಠ_ಠლ)( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)ヽ(゚Д゚)ノʕ•̫͡•ʔᶘ ᵒᴥᵒᶅ(=^ ^=)oO
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