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    Direct and Referral Traffic


    I'm bit confused about referral and direct traffic. What if I put the link for my website on a forum and some person clicks on it my website opens in a new tab so whether it is counted as referral or direct traffic?
    As it is not redirected so is there some chances that it'll be counted as direct traffic.
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    Originally Posted by Sheryl5211
    Did you try Seomoz and MajesticSEO?
    MajesticSEO has bigger index of links.

    I think seodesignsolutions had also some kind of tracking tool.

    What did you have until now?
    I'm using Google Analytics
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    No matter new or same windows. The analytics code will track user sessions based on the browser's cookies, so:
    • if you come from other site, analytics will know that you came from a determined referrer
    • if that referrer is a search engine, then the source will be search engine


    Remember that if someone has not javascript enabled you won't see any data about him, and if he is using a proxy you will see him as (direct) traffic
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    Referral traffic is counted as such whether it is opened in the same window or in a new tab.

    The information that is tracked is the referring URL which is part of the HTTP header information.

    If someone clicks on a link, it is a referral.
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    obviously it would be considered as referral traffic cause the person clicked on your forum signature has been referred by that specific forum and if that specific person bookmark your site and then visit to your site it would be considered as direct traffic.
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    Thank you for clearing my doubts.

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