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This answer may help - https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/1011811?hl=en-GB. Not all referrals from Google.co.uk domains come through organic search or AdWords ad listings. Referrals may come from a variety of sources, including Google Groups posts, base.google.com listings or static pages on related Google sites. Such visits are tagged as ...


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One of your affiliates is likely paying for a Google AdWords campaign using their referral link to drive traffic to your site (and boost their sales). That's the simplest explanation, and therefore probably the most likely cause of the AdSense referrals you're seeing. I've had affiliates take out ads to boost their sales before; a welcome side effect of ...


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Sadly you can not referrer on HTTPS to sites using HTTP. You can however do HTTPS to HTTPS or HTTP to HTTPS. SOURCE Clients SHOULD NOT include a Referer header field in a (non-secure) HTTP request if the referring page was transferred with a secure protocol. A work around would be to use a internal redirect script that rather than directing ...


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I assume you're referencing Blogger (blogger.com)? Referer spam has been a problem on Blogger and other blogging sites for a very long time. Unfortunately there isn't an effective way to block it because it's very difficult to distinguish legitimate referers from spammers. Editing your robots.txt file will not help because spammers often use fake ...


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I think, it uses the document.referrer properties via Javascript. See the attached link!


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It turns out that all this traffic is not from referrer spam, it's from StumbleUpon's android app. All that traffic has Android user agents, and by logging the HTTP requests the android app is making I was able to determine that they are setting the referrer header incorrectly. They've got a typo in their own domain name!


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I know that referrer field can be changed.. but why? This is known as referrer spam - unfortunately, spammers caught on to the fact that some webmasters do not secure their automatically-generated stat reports and, as most report generators do not add nofollow to referrer links, it is possible to get a link from a number of domains simply by providing a ...


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Well you can go here http://aaronlogan.com/downloads/htaccess.php and have a pretty big list of referrer spam blocks in your htaccess. Or you can use something like the following # set the spam_ref variable - referrer site or a keyphrase SetEnvIfNoCase Referer "^http://(www.)?some-spammer.com" spam_ref=1 SetEnvIfNoCase Referer ...


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I can confirm that Google Analytics will start a new session when the user comes back from logging in with the referrer from another site. I don't have as big a problem with it on my sites because not many of my users log in. From Google's referral exclusion documentation: How excluding referral traffic affects your data By default, a referral ...


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You will want to do a 301 Redirect (301 meaning permanent as opposed to 302 temporary). This will forward on all traffic to the new location automatically. Search engines will take note of the 301 response and mark the homepage as moved to the new location.


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referrer strings are handled at the browser. Exactly. It is the users browser that sends the HTTP referer[sic] as part of the HTTP request. Website.com (where the link originates) has no control over this. In fact, the user has complete control over this. The HTTP referer is notoriously unreliable. The user can configure their browser to not send a ...


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It looks like tracking code. Google does something similar if a user has web history enabled.


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It's just referrer spam.


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If you need the full referrer link in Google Analytics, you can add a custom filter to view the complete URL. If the referrer link however needs authentication, you will need to register to access that page.


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Backgrounds are meant to be backgrounds. They're not meant to support interaction. Your options would seem to be: 1. Do it in HTML rather than CSS. 2. Have your server return different content according to the User-Agent string. 3. If your SVG is rectangular and opaque, you can do fallbacks as background-image: url(fallback.png); background-image: none, ...


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"source" is not a valid campaign tracking variable. Use Google's URL Builder.


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You can create your own URL using the URL builder (or your own flavor of it if you want the whole thing to be automated) and then assign it to an affiliate ID and store it in a database. Then whenever that affiliate ID is used redirect to the URL with the Google Analytics code in it. That's how my clients are doing it. It works like a charm.


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(direct) can be misleading. Traditionally, people think of it as meaning "people typed in my URL directly"; the reality is usually a mix of that and of traffic sent from places that don't pass an HTTP REFERER header (and don't have some sort of manual tagging using utm_* parameters). Specifically: Non-web sources like smartphone apps, mail clients, and ...


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I would probably write the code myself to track them. Although perhaps it would be easier trying to hook it into analytics. I'm not sure how to do that. To do the re-direct you would want to use .htaccess (providing you're using Apache server) The .htacess file might look something like this: Options +FollowSymlinks RewriteEngine on RewriteRule ...


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Instead of overriding the referrer information, you should add the subdomain to the Referrer Ignore List that Google Analytics stores. You can do this using the _addIgnoredRef() method in the GA API. Google's description of the the method: _addIgnoredRef() Excludes a source as a referring site. Use this option when you want to set certain ...


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Yes. In the example below, people reaching page B from a page other than A will receive a forbidden error. To do it, you need something like this: RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} !^http://www.yoursite.com/A.html$ RewriteRule B.html - [F,NC] Substitute yoursite and the html extension as appropriate for your case. Note that this is not a secure way of doing ...


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It looks like this subject was raised in the blogosphere around 5 years ago, but nothing appears to have come of it. It may well be worth exploring the idea again, but I have no idea if the sheer size of the problem would make it unmanageable.


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Does anybody know if this is valid traffic from stumbleupon? It isn't. The WHOIS information hides behind one of those privacy shields, and the home page is obviously designed to look like a parked domain. This looks like a classic case of referrer spam, though usually they go through a bit more effort than this.


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Perhaps the social site is using a redirect which strips the referrer? This is usually not the case for mainstream ones like Facebook though. Certain privacy tools like ZoneAlarm are known to strip referrers too. These are not used that often either but is the only other possibility I can think of.


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The “applewebdata” URI scheme is used by iOS and Mac OS X instead of the “http” in URIs used for accessing internal resources on the device or computer itself. The visitors likely came to your site whilst using their iOS or Mac OS X device, being refered there by documents stored on the device rather than from a web page.


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It doesn't seem to be possible. And the problem is not on the link you describe but on the parameters that link ads to the final URL something like: ?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UsefulUsability+(Useful+Usability)&utm_content=Google+Reader You can prevent future users to link to you using this Google Analytics ...


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Unless you have a reason to believe such requests are harming your site or affecting the experience of legitimate users, I suggest you avoid any broad rule to block visitors. They may occur for legitimate people which would be counter-productive. Now, if something bad is happening, such as longer response time for visitors, excessive bandwidth usage, etc, ...


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For search engines, putting the correct URL in a canonical link tag is the best idea. Then if search engines follow the link, they know the correct URL to show in search results. Your concern may be with users copying the full URL and pasting elsewhere. A good solution here is to do a 301 redirect back to the canonical page. So when you load the home page, ...


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according to HTTP 1.1 protocol http://www.w3.org/Protocols/rfc2616/rfc2616-sec15.html#sec15.1.3 Clients SHOULD NOT include a Referer header field in a (non-secure) HTTP request if the referring page was transferred with a secure


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You can view the referral traffic by login into to twitter and the same way you would search for hashtags copy and paste the URL, it'll display all the users who interacted with that URL. This process is very time consuming and not that rewarding since it only gives you the satisfaction of saying ok, Jimmy shared my link and then Sarah too... To look at the ...



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