Google as referrer?
Recently, Google has appeared as a referrer in my stats, though there are no new search terms listed. Why is this? When I click the link, it takes me to Google.com.
The blog I need help with is myhonestmistakes.wordpress.com.
Hi. Search engine keywords are listed separately from referrers. See here please:
Yes, thanks. I understand that separation. But I have never, until very recently, seen Google.com listed as a referrer. Could this be from a Gmail account, perhaps?
I’ve had the same thing happen just today. I wonder if you found an answer…
I don’t have an answer. Maybe these are spam referrers https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/regarding-referrer-spam?replies=1
Not sure. Usually spam referrers do not appear in my stats at Get Clicky or StatCounter. However, this visitor from Google.com appeared in both tracking sites as most typical visitors do. I’m still scratching my head over this one.
Would prefer to see the “Search Engine Terms” for all the Google queries, instead of seeing a whole bunch of Google referrers. That’s how it used to be.
I like to see what people are looking for!
I have an answer. It has two parts:
A large part of the Google referrals you’re seeing are probably from Google+. I know that’s the case with me: I can tell by what people are reading.
As well, I dunno about you but Google has been entirely missing from my stats lately, till its sudden triumphant return yesterday. There’s a disconnect between Google and WP.com stats reporting that staff need to iron out so we can see the specific search terms.
Thanks for your reply raincoaster!
I see some from Google+, but the rest are from Google countries (google.co.uk).
It appears to be a huge Google migration from the search terms to referrers, at least in my case. The ratio was about 5:1 (search to referrers) now it’s reversed.
Yes, I’ve recently noticed an upsurge in international Google referrer stats, too, and I also think that Google is appearing more frequently as a referrer. I’d often have a long list of search engine terms in a day with no Google referrer. Now, I have both.
I wonder if it shows in referrers rather than search terms if it’s only an Image search, and they don’t read the actual blog? Speculation on my part.
I think you’re onto something there, raincoaster. My blog is image-rich, so that could explain it. Still a bit of a weird shift in my stats though.
I concur… I see lots of image referrals too.
I had a search today from Sweden – listed in the Referrers section and the search terms were not in the search terms – when I clicked on the links in Referrers I was sent to my site with a picture in the foreground and my site underneath it sort of obscured – closed the picture in the foreground and I was on my site. And both Posts do show in the Posts section of the traffic.
The advantage of an odd search string and relative light traffic to your sites I guess.
Aha! So it IS image search.
WordPress.com blogs have the world’s best SEO for images, I swear.
In my eyes it can’t be simply image search, as the shift has been SUDDEN and TOTAL, literally overnight, starting some days ago in my case (today is the 27th).
Besides, I do not get the “old” referrers anymore, and in at least one case I got a load of referrals from one internet site without my “referrer” windw saying anything about it.
This morning, additional evidence ofa problem: I gota load of pageviews (with two blog posts with far more page views than the hompegae, a clear sign that someone is linking to my blog posts and attracting a load of pageviews as always happened in the past) and no trace of who is linking to me on the “referrer” window.
I think WordPress should deal with this, as the way it is now the “referrer” window has completely lost its information value and I am supposed to read internet searches in the window below the referrer one.
I don’t think it is from image searches, either, as my blog has very few images. However, I wonder if clicks on cached pages show up differently in stats? Both my traffic analytics sites sometimes show users who have viewed my cached posts, though the search terms don’t show up on my WP stats page.
I have today on my “referrer” window a group called “images.google.com”; this seems to confirm what you say, that all the other google referrers are not image searches.
The window is not working properly, I think.
I have found the site that has linked to my blog. The two blog posts have originated up to now exactly 499 pageviews. There is no trace whatsoever of this on my “referrer” window.
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