Netlify Analytics showing 10x more results than GA

Hi folks! I added Netlify Analytics a few weeks ago to my site, juangarcia.design, and I’m seeing way more page-views than I had with GA. Most of them are pings to non-existing files, such as robots.txt, wp-login.php, ads.txt, etc., from URLs I assume are bots or webcrawlers.

Is there a way I can filter Referral URLs or Requests to certain files, so they don’t show up on my Analytics dashboard, and ensure accuracy on my reports? I don’t see that option anywhere on my site settings.

Thanks a ton!

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There isn’t any way to filter those results. We do count bot traffic which GA does not, so that is probably the discrepancy in total numbers.

As an idea for getting those scanner’s 404’s out of your eyes, you could deploy some empty files to those well known paths so they are 200’s but probably won’t be in your top pages, and will use even less bandwidth than our 404 page (or a custom one you made).

Hi there! Thanks for your reply, and your idea. Will definitively consider that!

I’m not concerned about bandwidth all that much, though. I would love to have more accurate results by filtering those, as well as spam referral URLs if they show up on my site. I currently have around ~1500 pageviews/month, according to Netlify Analytics, and I know the vast majority of those aren’t real users, unfortunately.

Redirect them to your home page!

Thanks for your thoughts! I’ll do that, but my issue is related to the accuracy of the results, not the 404 pages. I’m trying to find a workaround to get more accurate results on my analytics, since I don’t think bots and crawlers read my blog posts, thus I don’t want them to show up as visitors :sweat_smile:

We do have an open feature request to show a filtered view removing bots, to which I’ve just added your name and thus will follow up here should we create that feature. I think it’s already halfway written so I give reasonable odds on it arriving later this year :slight_smile:

Amazing, thanks!

El El lun, 29 jun. 2020 a la(s) 16:03, Chris fool McCraw via Netlify Community <netlify@discoursemail.com> escribió:

Hello You can add my name too.

It is really great to see the fullnumbers, but not knowing numbers for the robots and such make it a bit useless even if interesting.

Hi, @divinerites. Added.

Get me on this bandwagon please! :slight_smile:

This one is a bit more likely than your last feature request to which I just responded, @Intranel ! We’ll mention here in this thread, if we do ship this.

Thanks for the responses @fool! Agreed that a UI filter could be a good route for what I (and other) are trying to see in the analytics. Cheers