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Extreme Referrer Undercount

  1. OK, of course referrers is undercounted. I've run enough of my own web servers, over the past fifteen years, to know that's impossible to avoid, whether you use javascript or the actual web server requests.

    But the undercount I'm seeing here is absolutely ridiculous, and bizarrely inconsistent.

    I can have my activity, for a specific article, increase by a factor of ten, because a specific high-volume website linked to me:

    The total hits then skyrockets. This comes with a boost in the referrers from that website...but sometimes only a fraction of the overall increase in that page's loads.

    As a parallel problem, I am puzzled by the times that the grand total of all specific page loads listed for a day, if you add them yourself, is a fraction of the number of views for the whole site in the chart. Now I know those can be inconsistent, but sometimes it's a huge multiple, other times it's only a percentage.

    The blog I need help with is butnowyouknow.wordpress.com.

  2. I have a similar issue in that the total of the Referrer counts is always about 10% of the page traffic which makes no sense at all. 50% would be credible, but not 10%.

    I find it hard to believe that such a high proportion of my traffic is:
    a) visiting that many pages
    b) navigating with a bookmark

    Is there something else going on? and can it be changed?

  3. I know this is explained in the suppport FAQ or something, but I am too lazy to find the link, so:
    As a parallel problem, I am puzzled by the times that the grand total of all specific page loads listed for a day, if you add them yourself, is a fraction of the number of views for the whole site in the chart. Now I know those can be inconsistent, but sometimes it's a huge multiple, other times it's only a percentage.

    This is because the home page does not count towards the views towards the specific posts. If you want to test this, put a more link in every post, so that they have to go to the specific post to see the full thing, and the totals should be a lot closer.

  4. also, I somehow remember that adding something like nofollow to a link will not tell the linked-to website the referrer.

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