kapow - 5:35 pm on Aug 10, 2004 (gmt 0)
Thank you Digitalv. Your posts are very illuminating.
Referrers are blocked in Internet Explorer more than any other browser....
Wow! So this means that ROI tracking is very limited in the absence of a tracking url e.g.?referrer=soandso
...as webmasters it's our responsibility to ask the software developers to do a better job of explaining it in their applications.
This is very important!
As you say "...it's really more of a "Where did you hear about us?" inquiry from the website."
I'm sure the software vendors would appreciate the importance of this if the message was make clearly to them by a significant number of webmasters. What would be an appropriate and effective way of sending that message?
Proper tracking system would contain right codes as part of URL
That is only possible for sponsored referrals, the world is much bigger than sponsored! I find about 25%-40% of referrals are sponsored (e.g. adwords, overture etc for which I have a tracking code) and the rest are natural search engine listings (of those I can track!). You can't put codes into naturally spidered pages.
We see a lot of redirects blank out referrers.
As I said, I'm not talking about Affiliate stuff. Affiliate tracking is a different matter and probably requires a thread of its own. I'm talking about tracking ordinary search engine referrals and standard 'Pay Per Click' stuff like Adwords and Overture.