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What's this Google Search channel in referrer log?



2:41 am on Jan 23, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I can't seem to find anything about what this channel means in my referrer log. Possibly related to adsense?

A visit to my site from a Google link similar to google.com/search?q=keyword1 keyword2 keyword3&channel=linkdoctor has got me curious and I can't find anything in seaching for it and it doesn't seem to be from a custom search either. Anyone have an idea?


10:10 am on Jan 23, 2010 (gmt 0)

Are the keywords relevent to your content? If so, then do you think personal search is coming into play?


4:25 pm on Jan 23, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Yes the keywords were 100% relevant. A general Google search has the same number of results and my domain has the same 2 positions in either search. Maybe it is personal search.

I originally mistakenly thought that this "channel" had less results than a general google search like it was a select group of domains or themed sites... that's what had me the most curious.


2:48 pm on Apr 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I just found one of those &channel=linkdoctor like this..

www.google.ca/search?q=mytown hair ca&channel=linkdoctor

The searcher was a local looking for a salon so its not a google employee... unless they are visiting us up here in Canada.

Anyone know what this &channel=linkdoctor thing is?


6:59 pm on Jun 3, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Apologies for bumping up an old thread, but did anyone find out anything about this?
I found a &channel=linkdoctor in my stats like this,


11:26 am on Jun 27, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Since u already Bumped it up. yes i saw it too, would like to know if any one know what do this mean?

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