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    Google "Direct Traffic" Question

    So I have found Google "Direct Traffic" can mean:

    Clicking a link from an email (depending on email provider/program)
    Clicking a link from a Microsoft Office or PDF document
    Accessing the site from a shortened URL (depending on the URL shortener)
    Clicking a link from a Mobile social media apps like Facebook or Twitter. Phone apps often do not pass referrer information.
    Going to a non-secure (http) site from a link on a secure (https) site, as the secure site won’t pass a referrer to the non-secure site. For instance, if someone clicks a link on https://example.com to go to http://example2.com, the analytics for example2.com will show the session as direct.
    Accessing a site from organic search, in some instances, will end up being reported as Direct due to browser issues. An experiment conducted by Groupon showed as much as 60% of direct traffic may be from organic search.

    Question: I get some traffic from forums where you can only insert the text of a link, but you can't
    actually hyperlink the link. So users could right-click and choose "Go to link.com."

    Would those be included in the "Direct" category?
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    Direct traffic is when people go directly to the site. i.e. type in the domain in the address bar. or the page has been book marked.
    Anything else is referral traffic

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    • Test-ok agrees : Yep thats exactly what it is.

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