Any way to tell which search engines are sending visitors?

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  • #746364

    bigo64
    Member

    Is there any way to tell which search engines are sending visitors to my website? It gives the search terms on the stats page but not where the search was performed.

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

    #746656

    airodyssey
    Member

    It gives the search terms on the stats page but not where the search was performed.

    The name of the search engine (for example: Google) is indicated in the “Referrers” section.

    #746657

    limberation
    Member

    Are you sure, Airodyssey? For example, I might have 33 search terms on a day but no referrers that are search engines.

    I just curious – still trying to understand all the various stats around the place! :)

    #746658

    airodyssey
    Member

    @teamoyeniyi: I see what you mean. The number of Google referrals does not match the number of search engine keywords in my case. Maybe some search engines names do not appear at all. I tagged this thread for staff’s attention so that (perhaps) we can get more information.

    #746659

    limberation
    Member

    I know I get hits from Bing, for example, by chcking the Bing Webmaster site. Also, some fo the search terms are very specific and I can see them on the Bing search terms list, but Bing (or Yahoo, fo rthat matter now they are combined) NEVER show as referrers. I don’t think the two are related: referrers and search terms.

    Let’s see what staff have to say?

    #746661

    macmanx
    Staff

    We do our best to list the search engine in the Referrers section, but it doesn’t always work out.

    If you click on the “This Week” link for your Referrers, you may see a clearer picture of your search engine referrers.

    We’re still working on improving this.

    #746662

    kellywpa
    Member

    @macmanx, I am guessing that is the case for all referrers, not just search engines? I ask because yesterday I posted a link to an article on a message board. The article was a year old and kind of written as a joke, so not something that gets read a lot. Since I posted the link yesterday, it moved up to my top post. Nothing is showing is up in the referrer section that anything came from that message board.

    #746663

    macmanx
    Staff

    That’s hard to say for sure. Some message boards, especially private message boards, use a service that strips out referrer records. There are also browser security add-ons which remove referrer records.

    Also, email links don’t carry referrer records, and direct visits (typing the URL) don’t have referrers.

    With that said, your referrer stats will never match your visit stats exactly.

    #746664

    kellywpa
    Member

    Thanks Macmanx, that makes sense that they are probably blocking it. That particular one used to show up in the very beginning but then stopped.

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