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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Figure out which Instagram users click my 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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How to exclude single sign on linkedin.com as a referral source without also excluding valid linked in referrals?

I'm using LinkedIn's Single Sign On, and when they redirect authorized users back to my site, the referring domain is "linkedin.com". For Google (accounts.google.com) I can simply exclude that ...
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How to use utm_source with Github analytics

I have a resource hosted in a public Github repository. I am using Github Analytics to estimate the traffic coming to the resource. Since Github also shows referring sites on the traffic page, I'd ...
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htaccess redirect based on referrer URL string

I have a 3rd party who POST's to a specific page on my website. They post a file and my site does some wizardry with the contents of that file. The request URL would be for example https://example....
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Drop in referral data due to HTTP, changed to HTTPS no recovery referral data since (in the last year)

We changed our site from HTTP to HTTPS about a year ago. We have a static website, with no functionality for user input, so did not see it as an imperative to change to HTTPS anytime sooner, the ...
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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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Why is the http version of my website still receiving the most search traffic?

I am trying to identify sources of unattributable, "direct" traffic to my website. One source is http links from https websites - e.g. Google search results - because the referrer is stripped when ...
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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? http://www.google.sk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=11&sqi=2&ved=...
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How to see where links to 404 pages are found in Google Search Console?

I've found the Google Search Console report where it lists all the 404 Not Found Errors on the site. But when I click into each URL, it doesn't tell me WHERE on the website these links are actually ...
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Google Analytics showing the previous page path as the current page

My data shows that for one of my pages, Previous Page Path and the page are the same. After Googling, I see this can be due to page refreshes or uploads. I tried to test this out, by uploading/...
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Google Analytics: does “referral” apply too to sites in your same domain?

I have a website, let's say example.com. We have recently launched a new product and set up a new site in the same domain, newservice.example.com, and have added a prominent link on the existing ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I can see traffic coming from google ads, even though I don't have any google ads running, how is that possible?

I can see "googleads.g.doubleclick.net/pagead/ads...." as a referrer on my website. However I am not running any google ads. So how am I getting the traffic? Here's the complete URL http://googleads....
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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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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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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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How to track subdomains with Google Analytics while having mod_rewrite redirect to a subdomain?

When users come directly to domain.com or www.domain.com, I am redirecting them to shop.domain.com via this .htaccess rewrite: RewriteEngine on RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.domain.com$ [OR] ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to fight off Google Analytics 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 ...