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Detect and track notable bot traffic in Google Analytics.

PHP April 27, 2017


This function runs automatically, so it is not called manually. Is this incorrect?

Source File

Located in /libs/Security.php on line 153.

1 Hook

Find these filters and actions in the source code below to hook into them. Use do_action() and add_filter() in your functions file or plugin.

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        function track_notable_bots(){
            $override = apply_filters('pre_track_notable_bots', null);
            if ( isset($override) ){return;}

            //Ignore users who have already been checked, or are logged in.
            if ( is_user_logged_in() ){
                return false;

            //Google Page Speed
            if ( strpos($_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT'], 'Google Page Speed') !== false ){
                if ( $this->url_components('extension') !== 'js' ){
                    global $post;

            //Internet Archive Wayback Machine
            if ( strpos($_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT'], 'archive.org_bot') !== false || strpos($_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT'], 'Wayback Save Page') !== false ){
                global $post;


To override this PHP function, use this hook in your child theme or plugin ("my_custom" can be changed):

add_filter('pre_track_notable_bots', 'my_custom_track_notable_bots'); 
function my_custom_track_notable_bots(){ 
    //Write your own code here

    return true; //Return true to prevent the original function from running afterwords

You can completely disable this PHP function with a single line actions:

 add_filter('pre_track_notable_bots', '__return_false');