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How to use Referrers in your project?

On the 16 November 2017

Referrer(HTTP Referrer) is one of the parameters of any visitor coming to any website and it identifies from where the visitor came from in other words from what website it was referred to your website.

For example, if a visitor came from Google to your website while searching for “Keyword” then its referrer would be https://www.google.com/search?q=Keyword – the Google’s search page for “Keyword”.
The same can be done with almost any website/page on the internet.
If a visitor came from a search engine then such traffic qualifies as Organic, if a visitor came from a social network then it falls under Social traffic, if we leave the Referrer field blank then such traffic is called Direct.

In our system you can control the above mentioned parameter using the Referrer field in your project’s settings page.
In the example below the traffic will be coming from visitorboost.com website from several pages on it:

It’s not necessary for the backlinks to be present on the original page, VisitorBoost can work with out it.

The result from such setting would similar to the following one in your Google Analytics:

Keep in mind that the webpage in your Referrers field should at least looks real, for example as many of our clients do mistakenly put simply http://www.google.com, http://www.facebook.com, http://www.twitter.com etc. in the Referrer field and then contact our support with complaints that such Referrers do not reflect in their Google Analytics. Obviously no website in the world can get traffic from the main page of Google.com nor Facebook.com, so Google Analytics simply filters out such fake Referrers.
In the same time it is quite normal if the traffic would come from for example https://www.google.com/search?q=Keyword or your own Facebook page, so we strongly recommend to put real webpages so the traffic you are receiving would look natural.

In this field in VisitorBoost in your project’s settings you can have multiple URLs and multiple domains but the total field’s size is limited to 64k text so be careful with putting too many links because the last one will be cut if the field’s size is exceeded.

So in conclusion you can imitate traffic coming from absolutely any URL and any website and it should work in Google Analytics and almost any other traffic counter.



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