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URLs as referer
why do people do this?
webdevsf




msg:268154
 1:52 am on Jul 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

Every day, we get many refers from google, yahoo, etc, where people type our url into the search engine. why don't they type it into the address line of their browser?

ie, we get refs like:

google/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=foobar.com

 

Torben Lundsgaard




msg:268155
 10:11 am on Jul 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

This is a good example of the importance of knowing you target audience. You may think that your target group is advanced users but there is always a fraction of the target group, which are beginners. In turn this means that you really need to consider the usability of the site regardless of how advanced you may think the target group is.

Torben

mona




msg:268156
 12:53 pm on Jul 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

Yep, there was a good discussion [webmasterworld.com] about this issue a looong time ago. But I think it still holds true today.

HitProf




msg:268157
 1:40 pm on Jul 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

Do you mean the complete url?

The navclient's box is very close to the address bar. If you're searching very often it's easy to mistake the box you type in. Not just a beginners mistake.

Depending on your area it may also be the competition checking out if your site is in there :)

takagi




msg:268158
 2:53 pm on Jul 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

If you enter the URL in the new toolbar (2.0 beta) and press on enter key, you will go immediately to the correct site. I'm now considering to remove the address bar of IE on my laptop. Screen is not so big, so having some more pixels for the real pages would be nice.

pageoneresults




msg:268159
 3:05 pm on Jul 8, 2003 (gmt 0)

Depending on your area it may also be the competition checking out if your site is in there :)

I would tend to think that HitProf's response is more accurate. I use this feature in the Google Toolbar all the time, I've not yet upgraded to 2.0 and probably won't until forced to do so, don't need the extras just yet.

webdevsf, have you been entering your URI into the toolbar? If so, and you've not filtered for visits from your IP then you may be seeing your own searches. Entering a URI in the toolbar presents you with four options (usually).

Show Google's cache of www.example.com
Find web pages that are similar to www.example.com
Find web pages that link to www.example.com
Find web pages that contain the term "www.example.com"

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