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Questions tagged [referrer]

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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'google.com / referral' showing up too often recently. But why?

recently i'm experiencing that GA is showing a ton of 'google.com / referral' traffic on 2 separate websites that i manage. Before this amount was near to zero. Both sites started to produce this ...
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IIS7 Rewrite to block bad inbound linking not working

I want to block users to our site that are coming from links on seriously inappropriate website (e.g. warez, link bait sites, etc). I have tried this but doesn't work - I go to the blocked site, ...
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HTTPS site to HTTPS site referral traffic not showing up in Google Analytics

I have a site (site A) which used to get allot of traffic from a 3rd party site industry niche portal website (site B), both sites used to be HTTP. Traffic was viewable as referral traffic in Google ...
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How do I prevent my link from appearing as referral in Google Analytics?

I want to place a link on website A to another website B. I don't want website B to be able to see website A as referral in their Google Analytics. I thought bit.ly might hide me link as referral, ...
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Can Cloudflare redirect a referrer before they hit the site?

History I have a few WordPress sites that I manage and I've coded the 404 and 403 to email a dedicated account with hits to these pages. On a local machine daily the emails are compiled to a CSV and ...
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How does changing an HTTP referrer header help circumvent crawler blocking

I have been researching different ways a web crawler might be blacklisted/blocked from a web-server and how to potentially circumvent that. One of those ways is to change the referrer header on the ...
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Hotlink Protection compatible with Google AMP pages

I'm trying to create HTACCESS Hotlink Protection on my site but I'd like all Google top level domains (.com., .co.in, .co.uk, etc) to be able to access my files, so that visitors to the Google AMP ...
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When I access my Website with Safari, Google Analytics shows referrers as “Direct”, why?

When I access my Website (website A) with Safari (v 10.1.1) via a link from another website (website B), the access (in the real-time section) is seen as direct access. With firefox, I can properly ...
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Google Analytics is not picking up my website as a referring site any longer - any thoughts?

I run a holiday cottage (vacation rental) website and recently some customers (owners of holiday properties) have contacted me to say that there has been a significant drop in the number of clicks ...
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HTTPS site to HTTPS site refferal info in Google Analytics

We are moving a site from HTTP to HTTPS. Apart from security one of the reasons we are doing it is so that we can get referrer info in google analytics. 1-2 years ago when many fewer sites where ...
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URL inspection tool in Google Search Console shows “N/A” for sitemaps and a bizarre referring page

I recently used the "URL Inspection Tool" on the new Google Search Console BETA version. When I check the homepage of my website, it shows "N/A" on the "Index Coverage" card under "Discovery" in the ...
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Increase in self-referrals in Google Analytics since implementation of CDN

Since the implementation of a CDN, my self-referrals have gone from being non-existent to thousands per day, the referral report in analytics with full referrer as a secondary dimension show that the ...
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How to get full URL [keyword] from google search using http_referer?

I need to get the keyword what user's searched in the google search engine. I tried http_referer in php but got only the origin not the full url and keyword. Kindly share some idea about. Thanks...
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Detect instagram users by referral link

I have an external bio link on my Instagram business page, i want to detect "which" Instagram users click on link and visited my website. Is this possible by analyzing referral link or other ways? , ...
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Bad referrers data in Google Analytics

Our website displays content based on an ID included at the end of the url: www.mywebsite.com/pageID So the Google analytics data shows each ID as a separate page, which is what we want. The problem ...
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Why doesn't Edge/16.17025 send referrers?

Does anyone know why Edge/16.17025 wouldn't send referrers? Are there any registry keys or options to control this? There are meta tags on the page that have Referrer-Policy set to unsafe-url and ...
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Prevent sending referrers when clicking links from my site with an exception for one domain

Let's admit that, for security / privacy reasons, I want to globally set my referrer policy to be "no-referrer". For instance, using Apache's .htaccess's Header always set Referrer-Policy no-...
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Referral traffic from queuecumber.corp.google.com

I've noticed some referral traffic today from queuecumber.corp.google.com Following the referral source redirects you to Moma (I believe this is Google's intranet) Now I'm wondering if this is ...
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Google analytics not showing referrer from internal links on event label set by Google Tag Manager

I've set up an trigger in GTM that tracks a 404 event. This shows the 404 page as the event action and the page the 404 was found on as the page label. This works perfectly excluding the fact that ...
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Exceptional spike in traffic: can Google Analytics help to know the reason?

Imagine your traffic is like this, with a spike that is 2 times higher than usual average values (sometimes it can be x3 or x10): In order to find the reason, of course you can manually go to ...
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Find which Youtube video is a referral in Google Analytics

I have many new visitors today coming thanks to a Youtube video. When I choose Acquisition > All traffic > Referrals, I see Youtube, and when clicking on it, here is what I see: Referral path ...
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If we use goo.gl for a link, will Google be the referrer for that link?

For example, I can shorten http://example.com with Google URL shortener goo.gl. If I get clicks to the Google shortened URL https://goo.gl/..., will I see goo.gl as the referrer in the analytics for ...
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Where does campaign source “LIN” come from in Google Analytics?

We are running digital campaigns on two websites and both are recording a top traffic driver where the campaign source = LIN. There are no other campaign parameters (campaign, medium, etc.) and we ...
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Why do HTTPS referrers from Google sometimes still contain keywords?

Nowadays it is normal to not get any keywords anymore in referrals from Google. However, when somebody uses Google in HTTPS mode, I still occasionally get referers like: https://www.google.de/search?...
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Unreliable referrer filed?

I have been looking at our Apache log file to find the sources of referrals to our website from online publications but there are a lot of hits that I can't explain. For instance, how did this happen: ...
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Does setting a Referrer-Policy header have any effect on non-HTML pages?

The Referrer-Policy header controls how much referrer information the browser exposes to a site when navigating to it. I understand the purpose of this header when set on HTML files; does it make ...
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Google Analytics - display campaign pages showing up as 'referral' traffic

I tag all Facebook advertising as facebook / display with utm tags, which enables me to see which campaigns are driving traffic and conversions from those ads. However, I also see a large number of ...
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What is the difference between “nofollow” and “noreferrer” link from SEO perspective?

I want to know the main difference between "nofollow" and "noreferrer" link from SEO perspective.
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Referer from SiteSearchBox

Does somebody know, whether the SiteSearchBox, like on the screenshot: has a kind of own referrer? How is it possible to identify visitors from SiteSearchBox in Analytics?
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Full Referrer dimension shows incorrect URLs in Google Analytics

A lot of "Full Referrer" values are incorrect URLs in my Google Analytics reports: For example, the first value should be "yandex.ru" or "yandex.com", not just "yandex" (because this is not actually ...
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According to Google Analytics 80% of my visitors are “direct”, but I suspect that isn't true, what can I do?

I have a small site representing a software hosted on github.io domain. I use Google Analytics. For the last week or so, I get this statistics at the user acquisition tab: Visits ...
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Custom “WhatsApp” Channel does not work with the default Google Analytics channel grouping

I have a GA account, where someone added "WhatsApp" to the Default Channel Grouping like so: Looking at the Acquisition > Channels report using source / medium as a secondary dimension and filterd by ...
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Can blocking referer spam by black listing domains in google analytics have a positive effect on ranking due to reduced bounce rate ?

I have a site thats getting a lot of referral spam in google analytics both for referred traffic and organic traffic (where they place the their site name in the keyword field). Because its all bot ...
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What data does AddThis share with social media platforms?

If I have AddThis Share and Follow buttons integrated on my site, is there a way to tell whether the AddThis script passes any data (such as HTTP referrer) to the social networking sites upon page ...
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Unknown files appearing in my website 404 error page list without a referring URL

I've been seeing lots of entries in my 404 error page lists in my shared hosting account, which are attempts to hit sub URLs on my 'static' website, such as (usually with no referring URL): /\xef\xbf\...
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External sites appearing in Google Analytics

I have a filter set up on a view in Google Analytics to show the full hostname for pageviews. This enables us to analyse traffic on our various microsites. However I'm also seeing pageviews recorded ...
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How do I keep track of UTM referrer during an account activation process?

I have an email campaign which has a tagged link to my website. It looks like this: http://example.com/join/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=search&utm_campaign=Outreach I want to know how many ...
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Social referrer info in google analytics

Is there a way to get more detailed referrer info from Social acquisitions in Google analytics, at the moment all i get is the social networks name ie. Twitter, Facebook etc, but no info the exact ...
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Remove spam referals from Google Analytics organic traffic report [duplicate]

I've got some referral spam showing up in my Google Analytics organic traffic. Usually I just ignore it but because it's showing up in my organic traffic and it's pushing up my bounce rate as the ...
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What causes an empty referrer field in a webserver log file?

Given a log line from Apache such as the following: xx.xx.xx.xx - - [04/Jan/2016:10:42:27 -0800] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 200 6861 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like ...
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bizarre referrer in web access.log

I'm operating the http://gcc-melt.org/ website (a static website on MELT, a domain specific language to customize the GCC compiler), which should be of interest only to software developers. It is a ...
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Tracking referrals from non-internet resources

One can see the URL of the site (also called referrers) which pushed the visitor to your site. The site owner can also share links to non-website based sources such as chat software, email etc. I ...
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Hide referrer header from 3rd party website

Right now my site uses http and has many links to one other website (say https://instagram.com). I would prefer they not see that clicks come from my site. I also do not want https to be seen ...
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Google hangout referrer traffic

I show a modal window to those referring from Google search on my landing page. The problem is that when someone comes from Google hangout or gmail, the modal window pops up as well. I don't see a ...
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How to apply filters for more than one domain (Google Analytics)

I have about 20 filters for my website to avoid referal spam such as site8.free-floating-buttons.com. I have more than one website though. Do I really have to create all these filters for every ...
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127.0.0.1 as referrer url

I have written some code to my website that shows some information about online users to admin user. one of these information was the host of referrer url of the user. I saw some 127.0.0.1 in the ...
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Restrict access to certain files but not when linked from my own website

I got a problem regarding setting my server settings so that my files can't be accessed from people linking directly to the files, but can when they click a link on my website to open the file. I ...
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The referral count under acquisition tab not showing expected results on Google Analytics

I made a collaboration where some blogs wrote about our website (franciacortacircuit.com) and linked us, so i opened Google Analytics (GA) to see how many people visited our website by clicking on ...
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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 ...