The tracker has built-in traffic filtering tools. They allow you to block bots and spammers on various AlterCPA One blacklists.
Traffic filters are configured inside the flow in the "Filtering" section. The following global settings are available to you:
- Ban bots: blocking is based on well-known browser headers used by various bots, including spyware and crawlers.
- Ban by filters: the visitor's main IP address is checked against smart blacklists.
- Ban by geo: visits that are not included in the list of allowed countries are blocked.
- Ban by language: visits that do not support at least one of the languages of the allowed countries are blocked.
- Coutries allowed: list of countries from which visitors and languages are allowed.
If a visit is blocked by filters, a trafficback is shown to the user. The following settings are available:
- Site. One of the sites located in your repository. If selected, the link and working method are ignored.
- Trafficback link. URL or path to a file that is shown when a visit is blocked. If no link or site is provided, a random HTTP error is shown to the user.
- Working method. One of the options for displaying trafficback is similarly described in the section "Working methods".
When each filter is triggered, its type will be recorded in the filtering log: bots, geo, language, or blacklist. You can view the data on the triggering of filters in the "Statistics" section with the "Filter" criterion selected.
Filters in ways
Additional traffic filters are embedded inside each way:
- Allowed and prohibited countries. Makes not only allowing, but also excluding countries possible. Useful for creating ways that serve all but the selected countries.
- Probability. Doesn't prohibit passing along the way, but allows you to reduce or increase the number of visitors.
- Traffic. Determines which devices can open this way: desktop, mobile, iOS/Android.
- Exclude bots by User-Agent, language, and filtering greylists. Works the same way as global bot blocking.
- Exclude bots without an ad click ID. Checks for common ad parameters and blocks traffic that bypasses the ad.
- White and black list of URLs. Allows you to specify arbitrary words that should or should not be present in the link. Set one word per line.
If none of the ways fit the visitor, he will be directed to trafficback. This event will be recorded as "Trafficback" in the filtering log.
A tracker connected to AlterCPA One has an additional traffic filtering option. You can connect the flow to an existing configured filter campaign. In this case, the list of countries and the flow filter settings are ignored, only the trafficback settings are used.
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