Msg#: 4615995 posted 8:10 pm on Oct 10, 2013 (gmt 0)
This week I've seen a sudden, massive plummet in my traffic coming from google.com/referral. We're down about 60% in just the past few days. What makes this REALLY weird is that there has been no change at all in our google.com/organic traffic.
Aren't the two linked? I thought /referral traffic was things like Google search results being displayed on AOL and so on.
Or am I misunderstanding what google.com/referral traffic is?
Msg#: 4615995 posted 12:19 am on Oct 11, 2013 (gmt 0)
What's your source of information? Anything other than raw logs is subject to interpretation. In particular, analytics programs other than GA may or may not recognize that a bare "www.google.com" (without query) is a search result, not a direct link.
Msg#: 4615995 posted 1:16 pm on Oct 11, 2013 (gmt 0)
"Not all referrals from Google.com domains come through organic search or AdWords ad listings. Referrals may come from a variety of sources, including Google Groups posts, base.google.com listings, or static pages on related Google sites. Such visits are tagged as [referral] instead of [organic] or [cpc]." --source: Google Analytics