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How to Hide Referrer URL
dougmcc1

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Msg#: 8878 posted 10:36 pm on Jun 3, 2005 (gmt 0)

How do I hide my referrer URL from other websites? If someone clicks on a link from my website and goes to the other, how do I hide my referrer URL from it?

 

mattglet

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member



 
Msg#: 8878 posted 12:36 pm on Jun 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

I'm pretty sure this can only be controlled at the browser or server level, not at the website level. If you have access to your server, I think you can turn off referrals. Don't quote me on that though.

mapostel

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Msg#: 8878 posted 12:58 pm on Jun 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

It is a client-side feature. E.g. with Firefox there is a preference in "about:config" called network.http.sendRefererHeader ( see [mozilla.org ] )

oneguy

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Msg#: 8878 posted 1:08 pm on Jun 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Since you said "other websites," I'm thinking maybe you don't want your own website showing up as a referrer in the logs of others?

If so, you can run outbound clicks through a redirect someplace. (and then it will still show a referrer, but the referrer won't be your site.)

larryhatch

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Msg#: 8878 posted 1:15 pm on Jun 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Forgive my curiosity, I'm probably missing something here.

If some site gets traffic via links on my site, I WANT the other site to know it.
The target site might be encouraged to link back.
Why would you want to keep your referrals confidential? -Larry

dougmcc1

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Msg#: 8878 posted 4:20 pm on Jun 4, 2005 (gmt 0)

Why?

Larry, the reason why one would want to prevent their site from being shown as a referrer is off topic. I'm just looking for a solution. Feel free to post the question in another thread.

As far as a solution goes, I was hoping not to have to do a redirect. I was hoping there'd be a way to implement a solution on the server level, or through a script that modifies the headers being sent or something.

Thanks for the responses so far.

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