I am running a website with affiliate links .
When the visitors of
mydomain.com/page.php click on such an affiliate link,
they are being sent to a link on a domain owned by the affilate network (
network.com/link), and then redirected through the affiliate network, to the relevant page in the store (
Over the last two months, the reports of the affiliate network indicate that about 13,000 clicks that I sent to such links, carried
mydomain.com/page.php as the referring URL, as I would expect.
However, about 20 other clicks carried abnormal referring URLs, such as:
Unfortunately, This has led the compliance team of my affiliate network to believe that I have a hidden traffic source apart from my website, they claim that it appears to be as if I am using some kind of a third party software to send traffic to
store.com, which is not true of course.
They are holding me accountable for this situation and I am required to provide explanations to this situation.
What could have caused my website visitors to arrive at
store.com while carrying the above referring URLs?