Stopping Spam Bots Inflating your Google Analytics Referral Traffic

In the past 6 months I have witnessed a large increase of spam referral traffic in all my clients’ Google Analytics reporting. This spam traffic is bots crawling your website for the indexing of content. There are good bots like ‘googlebot’ which crawl most websites and index web pages on the internet, and then there are bad bots that commit click fraud, harvest email addresses, scrape websites for content, spread malware and artificially inflate website traffic.

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Website Development – The power of collaboration

During 2015, Brand Illumination partnered with our client, AltusQ (a network of senior business coaches operating in Australia and NZ) to build a new website. AltusQ wanted a site that would enable clients and prospective clients to learn more about their services, receive new information and ideas and encourage a sense of community for the coaches and their clients. Navigating a complicated site build for a company made up of strong individuals could have been tricky, without the collaborative model we used.

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Competitive Analysis – Researching your business landscape

competitive analysisAs each brand is unique, we rarely use the term ‘competitive analysis’ – we prefer to talk about having knowledge of the business environment you operate in. To be a brand leader in your industry or with your target audience, it’s important to have an up to date understanding of what else exists, how they may be contributing to the industry, what they are doing and not doing. We then encourage clients to let this information inform their brand strategy and positioning, although we’d argue that it cannot be the driver.

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