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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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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 ...
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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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Unexpected traffic from social-buttons.com

In google-analytics for my website, I noticed unexpected traffic referred by social-buttons.com. I don't use the social button code supplied by this website, However, I use addthis.com codes beside ...
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Interpreting Full Referrer in Google Analytics

I pay for advertising through google adwords, and I'm watching to ensure I'm not paying for fake clicks. (I'm new at this). I have setup Google Analytics and I'm not sure how to interpret the FULL ...
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When using Google and Facebook for social login, how to prevent misattributed session referrers and goal conversions in Google Analytics?

I am seeing quite a few conversions which have as source "accounts.google.com" (almost 40%). AFAIK, in the new Universal Analytics as soon as a user has a Referrer set a new session is started. So if ...
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Blocking referral traffic

I am currently getting a massive amount of referral traffic to my site (Spam), that can sometime generate 1-2 GB worth of traffic per a day (which kinda sucks, when you have a 10GB limit from the ...
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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 does Google Analytics track referring URLs?

When a visitor clicks on a link or is redirected to my site from another site, Google typically includes information about the page the domain and the page the visitor was linked from. How does ...
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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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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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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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Anywhere to get a list of referrer spammers?

I do my own log processing using my own self-written analyzer. That means I have to deal with the continual nuisance of referrer spammers. Is there anywhere I can get an up-to-date list of referrer ...
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How can I see in Google Analytics where my users came from?

I am using Google Analitics and struggling to find where my users came from. I can see demographics (country / city) information, but struggling to find what site have they came from. I found this ...
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What is forum20.smailik.org referral traffic?

In my Google Analytics real-time I now see a lot of visitors with referrer forum20.smailik.org This link redirects to http://www.aliexpress.com/ What does this traffic mean? (And should I block it?)
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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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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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SVG in CSS backgrounds

Edit: How can I detect in php if the client browser is capable of displaying SVG as CSS background ? I renamed my stylesheet from .css to .css.php. So I can include at the beginning: <?php ...
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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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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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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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Why is Google showing up as a referral instead of a search engine in Google Analytics?

In Google Analytics, why does Google show up sometimes under an organic medium, and other times as a referral? (They frequently have the same landing page.) As I understand (and I'm just as likely ...
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How to block referral traffic without .htaccess?

I'm getting a lot of spam referral traffic on blogger, I searched for a way to block this traffic but I need to edit the .htaccess file which I don't have access to on blogger. Are there any other ...
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Where does the HTTP referer “applewebdata” come from?

My site uses a web stat service like Google Analytics, it uses a piece of javascript code to log what pages the visitor has visited and the refer url of each visit. I got some referer "applewebdata", ...
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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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What is the status of Google's action on “Ghost Referrals” in Google Analytics?

I got this in Google Analytics: A significant portion of referral traffic to property example.com is from the following hostnames, which may be self-referrals: 4webmasters.org Self-...
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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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Referrer traffic

I noticed repeat visits to my site from various websites, all located in the Ukraine. I looked at the source of the pages and see no links to neither my domain nor IP. I am wondering of the origin ...
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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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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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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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wwwstumbleupon.com referring domain in web stats

I've noticed in my own stats, as well as searching on other sites, a fair amount of traffic that comes from urls that look like this: http://wwwstumbleupon.com/refer.php?url=http://[mydomain]/[myurl] ...
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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 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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How to track specific Referrals with Google Analytics

How do I have to alter a Referral link to my website to specifically track it with Google Analytics? I already discovered the URL Builder but isn't there are shorter way? For example: http://domain....
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Can I allow access to a HTML page only if the user comes from a specific site with .htaccess?

A website with two HTML pages, A and B. Both can be accessed by typing the URL, of course. However, can I disallow any access to page B, and only allow it if the user is coming from page A? As in, a ...
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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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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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How can I block traffic from this referrer?

I'm getting a lot of spam referral traffic from semalt.semalt.com/referral on my website. I took a look at the link and there’s very little information about this. The number of website visits is ...
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Why are 20% of keywords still provided when Google is using HTTPS across the board?

Most of the searches that appear in my analytics are "not provided" because Google has encrypted their all searches. However, if all search results are now encrypted with HTTPS protocol then how is ...
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View referrals from one part of my site to another in Google Analytics

I have an online shop with a blog structured this way: Shop: example.com Blog: example.com/blog Both index have the same Google Analytic Code (UA). In the blog I write articles about some products ...
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How to redirect keeping the referral without server-side redirects?

I have an HTML page hosted in Dropbox that some external websites link to. I want to redirect to a different page using only HTML or Javascript, since I can't use any server-side redirects. My goal ...
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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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Google analytics stopped showing trackbacks after tracking code change

We have a pretty heavily linked-to website. GA showed some trackback in Acquisition > Social > Trackbacks every day until a few days ago, then all the sudden nothing. There's data in other report ...
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Track/View new incoming links with Google Analytics

Is there a way to track new incoming links to my website? When I visit "Traffic Sources -> Referring Sites" in my Google Analytics account I have a list with 5,391 sites so its quiet hard to discover ...
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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 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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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 direct traffic report

We launched a blog post which got picked up by a lot of social sites and it's given us a lot of traffic over the last few days. In Google Analytics though, the blog post page has all the hits with 90%...
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Impossible referrers

I'm tracking webpage referrers. Sometimes I see russian (or other languages) blogs as referrer, which cover other subjects. Googling "site:http://myrussianblog.ru mywebsite" returns nothing. I don't ...
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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-...