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Domain Referral Traffic in Google Analytics

Referral traffic coming from my domain

4:36 am on Jun 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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When i check my Google Analytic for one of my websites, i saw referral traffic coming from my domain name it was showing "domainname.com/referral".

Can some please explain me.
5:08 am on Jun 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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It looks like your server is configured to serve pages for http://www.example.com as well as http://example.com

These are considered to be two separate domains. Besides showing up as 'referrals' in Analytics, your content (and its ranking) may be devalued because it is duplicated and can be accessed across multiple URLs.

You want to define a 'canonical url' for your server. Read up on "A guide to fixing duplicate content" [webmasterworld.com]
8:24 am on Jun 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

If the Google Analytic is showing referral for same domain to which it is configured then @caribguy is right.

If you have a different domain which you own and its showing on the Google Analytic of the configured domain, it means that you have a link to the referral domain to the configured domain.

[edited by: Receptional at 8:49 am (utc) on Jun 22, 2010]
[edit reason] Took out specifics: Terms of Service 13 [/edit]

10:43 am on Jun 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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but what about this?
I have "google.com / referral" showing up in my analytics but don't have any links to google (except the analytics code).
Any ideas why that is or which part of google is referring to my site? Organic results still show as 'organic'.
2:59 pm on Jun 22, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Referrals from google.com means that a browser sent this as the referring URL. Maybe a link to your site exists somewhere on Google. Not necessarily a link from search, could be any of their many other services. And maybe, more likely IMO, the referral string was spoofed by the browser.