Is a HTTP header field that identifies the address of the webpage (i.e. the URI or IRI) that linked to the resource being requested.

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A social network called “socialnetwork” in Google Analytics

I have stumbled across a social network that Google analytics recognises as simple "socialnetwork" which is referring some users to my site, as shown in the image below: Does anyone know where this ...
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Track 301 redirect traffic from domainA to domainB in Google analytics

Ive got domainA which has a 301 redirect setup to redirect traffic from domainA to domainB, Id like to track how much traffic is coming through as a redirect from domainA. How could i track this in ...
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spam referers bypass htaccess rules [duplicate]

Here is a sample code I'm using in .htaccess to block spam referers: RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^http://.*buttons-for-your-website\.com/ [NC,OR] RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ...
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What are the causes for self-referral mainly by returning users in Google Analytics?

We are tracking our website on 3 separate properties. We have self-referral on one of the properties. In the landing page report, I have applied a second dimension of full referrer, then applied a ...
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What is a good way to track traffic from several contributors via Google Analytics

I want to track traffic provided from several team members via Google Analytics but don't make it too obvious to visitors. Lets say I have a team member with the code xyz. I want to use something ...
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Google Analytics referrerless ghost direct traffic

This week Google Analytics' accuracy has taken a nose dive from its already very low starting point with dozens of alleged single hit sessions per day on the home pages of most of my sites with the ...
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Referrer from merlot-ops-labeling-devel.corp.google.com

A mysterious entity from Google is checking out our site from time to time, curious why. We have referrers from merlot-ops-labeling-devel.corp.google.com as well as 74.125.239.132/url (which will 404 ...
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How can I remove referral spam using a .htaccess file? [duplicate]

I have three websites on various topics, but I can't decrease the bounce rate for them. Some spam referrers have been increasing my site's bounce rate day-by-day. How can I remove this type of ...
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Stop Google Analytics refere spam [duplicate]

Ive been getting an awful lot of refer spam in my Google Analytics referrer traffic recently (as i guess most people are - sites like www.Get-Free-Traffic-Now.com, buttons-for-your-website.com etc) ...
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What is the status of Google's action on “Ghost Referrals” in Google Analytics?

I got this in Google Analytics: A significant portion of referral traffic to property example.com is from the following hostnames, which may be self-referrals: 4webmasters.org ...
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Unexpected traffic from social-buttons.com

In google-analytics for my website, I noticed unexpected traffic referred by social-buttons.com. I don't use the social button code supplied by this website, However, I use addthis.com codes beside ...
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Interpreting Full Referrer in Google Analytics

I pay for advertising through google adwords, and I'm watching to ensure I'm not paying for fake clicks. (I'm new at this). I have setup Google Analytics and I'm not sure how to interpret the FULL ...
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What is forum20.smailik.org referral traffic?

In my Google Analytics real-time I now see a lot of visitors with referrer forum20.smailik.org This link redirects to http://www.aliexpress.com/ What does this traffic mean? (And should I block it?)
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Find Referring Pages without Google Analytics [closed]

is there a way to find referring pages to a URL? Example: Page A links to Page B. I know the URL of Page B but want to find out about Page A, which links to Page B. Can I perform this via Google ...
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Does referral spam really have a negative impact on my SEO?

In Google Analytics, more than half of my traffic is from referral spam. This has a dramatic impact on my bounce rate -- which many sources claim is strongly tied to search ranking by Google. I can ...
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How to fight off referrer spammers?

Last months I have lots of referrer spammers in my GA statistics. Their count is ~10x higher than count of legit visitors (my site is not very popular yet). I've turned on an option to hide known ...
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Can referrer-based web page content be SEO friendly?

Basically, I am going to be using the page referrer to display different content on a given page. It won't be the entire page depending on the referrer, but little aspects like the way titles are ...
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Using a URL parameter for tracking like Amazon

If you look at the Amazon home page you will find that all their links are using a pattern like this one from their navigation menu. ...
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What is semalt.semalt.com that shows up in Google Analytics under Referrals? [duplicate]

How does it work? How does it drive traffic and referrals? When I go there, it wants me to sign up for something. Is it a scam? It is 10% of my traffic for the last week.
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Determine whether increase in Google referrals is down to better rankings, or more searches, using Google Analytics

Recently a website of mine has experienced a jump in Google related traffic. However, the focus of the website has received an increase in Google searches, i.e. there has been a lot of press coverage ...
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Not using referral exclusions in Universal Analytics

I have the following website setup: One property called example.com. On this property, I track multiple domains and subdomains, such as: www.example.dk subdomain.example.dk www.example.se ...
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Does referrer header checking offer any real world security improvement?

At work we use a central portal that provides basic SSO functionality to other applications. In addition to verifying the SSO data sent, all of our existing in-house applications (used by the public) ...
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How can I block traffic from this referrer?

I'm getting a lot of spam referral traffic from semalt.semalt.com/referral on my website. I took a look at the link and there’s very little information about this. The number of website visits is ...
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Google analytics stopped showing trackbacks after tracking code change

We have a pretty heavily linked-to website. GA showed some trackback in Acquisition > Social > Trackbacks every day until a few days ago, then all the sudden nothing. There's data in other report ...
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Large Spike in Organic Bing Traffic on a Phrase

A website i'm working on has be receiving large intermittent spikes in what looks like legitimate organic Bing traffic on a specific search phrase (the site is the first organic link for the phrase). ...
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Why are 20% of keywords still provided when Google is using HTTPS across the board?

Most of the searches that appear in my analytics are "not provided" because Google has encrypted their all searches. However, if all search results are now encrypted with HTTPS protocol then how is ...
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How can I see in Google Analytics where my users came from?

I am using Google Analitics and struggling to find where my users came from. I can see demographics (country / city) information, but struggling to find what site have they came from. I found this ...
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How do I build a custom report of referral traffic for a set of domains in google analytics?

I am building links for my client's website and need to make a custom report in google analytics to show traffic only of the links i build. I have tried the following: Set up custom report Define ...
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Referrals from googleads.g.doubleclick.net . I don't have adwords running

I am seeing referrals from googleads.g.doubleclick.net in Google Analytics reports off late. They are very sparse but it's there. I am confused as I understand this may be referral from AdWords but I ...
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How to get keywords from Google HTTP referrer?

Can the http referrer URL from Google be decoded so that I can see the specific keywords? ...
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View referrals from one part of my site to another in Google Analytics

I have an online shop with a blog structured this way: Shop: example.com Blog: example.com/blog Both index have the same Google Analytic Code (UA). In the blog I write articles about some products ...
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What is bingsandbox.com? [closed]

I toyed around a with "Bing Webmaster Tools": https://www.bing.com/toolbox/webmaster And then checked access.log. One referrer was http://www.bingsandbox.com/ Link: http://www.bingsandbox.com/ ...
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How to redirect keeping the referral without server-side redirects?

I have an HTML page hosted in Dropbox that some external websites link to. I want to redirect to a different page using only HTML or Javascript, since I can't use any server-side redirects. My goal ...
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Using Information from Log File to Combat Spam

I'm dealing with a site (not Wordpress, nor any other CMS) that was previously hacked and at that time I had found a php file in the images directory that was being used to generate spam from the ...
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Google Analytics regards direct access as referral for subdomain

When I directly access subdomain.mydomain.com by entering it in the browser's address bar, Google Analytics Realtime Overview indicates that top referral is mydomain.com. I'm sure that I'm the only ...
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Google AdWords claiming my site has an “existing compromise that prevents referrer URLs from successfully visiting the site through an ad”

Here's the email I just received from Google about why they won't turn on my AdWords account after my hosting provider had DNS issues which caused AdWords to believe the site was compromised by ...
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Universal Analytics and no Referral Exclusion List

With new Universal Analytics, every new referral value triggers a new session: How excluding referral traffic affects your data By default, a referral automatically triggers a new session. ...
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How does tinypic.com referrer/redirect work?

For example, if I embed this random image in a forum, it will show up normally: [IMG]http://i48.tinypic.com/350m3ut.jpg[/IMG] If I try to view the image in a new tab, it will redirect me to the main ...
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Find 4chan post linking to your website?

I looked in my visitor statistics and saw that some people were coming from boards.4chan.org. Hmm, interesting. I'd like to see that post... Is there any way to find it?
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When using Google and Facebook for social login, how to prevent misattributed session referrers and goal conversions in Google Analytics?

I am seeing quite a few conversions which have as source "accounts.google.com" (almost 40%). AFAIK, in the new Universal Analytics as soon as a user has a Referrer set a new session is started. So if ...
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How to block referral traffic without .htaccess?

I'm getting a lot of spam referral traffic on blogger, I searched for a way to block this traffic but I need to edit the .htaccess file which I don't have access to on blogger. Are there any other ...
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Stop site being shown as the referrer

I want to hide my site as the referrer to another site, ie. i dont want my site showing up under the referrals tab in Google analytics, is there a simple way to do this ? ie. an html element somthing ...
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Is it possable to see were a t.co link was originaly posted / refered from?

We get quite allot of referal traffic from t.co/ links showing up in Google Analytics, which is great, but with any decent source of traffic its really helpful to be able to see where it was ...
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How to monitor traffic on a single page that I control when I don't control the domain?

I have a webpage like www.site.com/myaccount/foo/index.htm I have complete control over the HTML on this page (e.g., I can insert a script). However, I have no control over the rest of the site. ...
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How can I pass referrer header from my https domain to http domains?

My website is 100% https. I have links to other http domains. The referrer header is not set when linking from a https page to a http page. From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_referrer If a ...
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Can I allow access to a HTML page only if the user comes from a specific site with .htaccess?

A website with two HTML pages, A and B. Both can be accessed by typing the URL, of course. However, can I disallow any access to page B, and only allow it if the user is coming from page A? As in, a ...
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Website traffic referral from cfauth.com

Google Analytics is reporting several referrals from a site called cfauth.com. I can't seem to find any information on this site other than it's connection to a security firm. It's definitively not a ...
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What is g1sense.int.godaddy.com?

I recently looked at my list of referrers (ie, previous page the user was on), and one odd one is a link like http://g1sense.int.godaddy.com:15871/cgi-bin/blockOptions.cgi?ws-session=3372311093. The ...
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Should I just ban everyone who has no language setting?

I am constantly seeing in my logs the same type of visitor: They have no language setting, i.e. $_SERVER['HTTP_ACCEPT_LANGUAGE'] == '' so it's empty, and their referrer is some scam server in ...
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What is the best way to deal with a homepage url change

The url for my homepage has changed. What is the best way to announce at the previous location that it has moved to the new location (so that search engines -- Google -- also take notice)?