3081RE: [webanalytics] Re: How do we find how many visitors have directly typed our domain on Browser
- Aug 1 12:14 PMTom,
That's not correct. Server redirects do not affect the referrer. Examine a
page of Google results and look at the URLs for the paid ads. You will find
they go to a page within the Google domain so that Google can count the
click, and a redirect is passed back to take the browser to the target page.
At the target page the referrer with the keywords is available.
The RFC says the referrer is 'the last page the user viewed' and not 'the
last URL the browser read from'. I'm paraphrasing of course.
There's an exception to this. A version of Apple's Safari browser broke the
referrer by not adhering to the spec, so the referrer was indeed some
useless junk from the guts of adwords in the above example. Thankfully that
browser has quietly wilted.
[mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Tomas Remotigue
Sent: Monday, August 01, 2005 11:19 AM
Subject: Re: [webanalytics] Re: How do we find how many visitors
have directly typed our domain on Browser
Server-side redirects (such as those associated with banner ads)
also result in no referrer being captured.
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