HI

I have had a huge spike in traffic thaks to a bot. Does anyone know how to a) block bots and b) exclude it in Google analytics.

Many thanks,

Jean

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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi, you may also like view below discussion
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MsJeanK Premium
Thanks : )
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
You're welcome.
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ChrystopherJ Premium Plus
I have training just for this :-)
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MsJeanK Premium
Thanks, Chrys.
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MsJeanK Premium
The bot blocker doesn't come up on my AIOSEO. I guess it's a pro feature.
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ChrystopherJ Premium Plus
Apologies, All in One SEO received an update and I haven't updated this training yet. It has moved to the Tools Tab, here's the AIO SEO Documentation for it.

https://aioseo.com/docs/bad-bot-blocker/
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MsJeanK Premium
Yeah, I think they have changed it again. It doesn't look like this on my AIOSEO. Thanks tho.
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ChrystopherJ Premium Plus
Interesting, I only use AIO SEO on some of my test sites, as I use Rank Math on my live sites, so I hadn't noticed that this had been removed. I'll need to do some further digging to find out why/where it's gone etc.

However, you might find these plugins useful in the meantime.

https://wordpress.org/plugins/blackhole-bad-bots/

https://wordpress.org/plugins/stopbadbots/
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Dale123 Premium Plus
Go to your Admin settings. Under the View panel, you’ll find View Settings. Toward the bottom of the options, just before Site Search Settings, you’ll find a small heading for Bot Filtering with a checkbox that reads: Exclude all hits from known bots and spiders. Check it, and you’ll automatically filter the known bots and spiders from your Analytics collecting.
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MsJeanK Premium
Thanks a lot, Dale.
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MsJeanK Premium
That box was already ticked but site search settings was off so I have changed it to on. Hopefully that will sort it going forward.
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DCaribbeanQ Premium
Thanks Dale and Jean(for the question). I didn't know this was possible. I'll try it today. I actually had what I believed was a bot a while ago so I'll institute this on my site.

Candy Benn
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JeffreyBrown Premium Plus
Wow, Jean! This is excellent info!

Jeff
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MsJeanK Premium
Hi Jeff

I was excited for all a few seconds when I saw 5K visitors in one day lol. One day it will be real!

Best,

Jean
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Newme202 Premium
Do you have G4 properties in GA?
Thank you for your question
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MsJeanK Premium
Sorry, don't know what you mean..
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JeffreyBrown Premium Plus
It certainly will, Jean! Right now there seems to be others who have gotten those traffic spikes!

Jeff
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rubanzema Premium Plus
Hi,

You said --> Go to admin settings, but where? Is it in Wordpress or Google Analytique? Please help, I need a way to blog bad bots.
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