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Google analytics - Visits by source - Need clarification on 'search'

and 'direct'

2:46 pm on Jan 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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In the 'visits by source' section of the 'executive sumamry' , I see a referral from 'search' along with google, yahoo, dogpile etc.

I'm not sure exactly what site 'search' is referring to. Does anyone know? Is it search com or is it a generic catch all term?

Also, there are items marked as 'direct' What exactly are these? I assume they are from people who have bookmarked the site or are typing the url in. Is there anything else included in 'direct'?



7:36 pm on Jan 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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To be honest, I'm not sure ... but I'm assuming it's referring to smaller search engines?

Maybe someone with more information can clarify this?

9:02 pm on Jan 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

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See [webmasterworld.com...] . There is a post with a link to an urchin js file that details the different criteria used to determine which engine visited.

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