Does somebody know, whether the SiteSearchBox, like on the screenshot:

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has a kind of own referrer? How is it possible to identify visitors from SiteSearchBox in Analytics?


Indeed it knows where the visitor comes from. That is an event in Pinterest's search box on Google's page. They know and record all events and store it server side and on your machines/devices via cookies for history.

It is the same if someone were to use your search box if you are using Analytics, they would know that and store it as well. It is all a part of their success in regards to algorithms and the correct content to show you and for ranking purposes.

In the case of the screenshot, Google would be the referrer and Pinterest's search being the event.

Google knows every action and event that takes place on their sites and those giving them the right whether it be allowing to be crawled or adding Analytics to their web page.

So in short YES, they do know where the visitor comes from.

  • have i understand you correctly: such visitor would be recognized as somebody doing an internal search with referrer google? – Evgeniy Sep 23 '16 at 9:29
  • Yes, that is correct. Google search is the referrer and the searchbox is the action/event taken to get to the page. – norcal johnny Sep 23 '16 at 9:35
  • "an event in Pinterest's search box" - I would just add that this isn't necessarily the case. This works for pinterest, but it probably depends on the schema markup on the site in question. Take mashable for instance. If you search within the mashable search box you are just taken to a Google site: search. eg. <search phrase> site:mashable.com. – MrWhite Sep 23 '16 at 12:08
  • I was only referring to his screenshot and the fact that Google can see who a referrer is, what events are triggered by a user/visitor and report it properly to Analytics, in this case to Pinterest's Analytics. – norcal johnny Sep 23 '16 at 12:13

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