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10:29 am on Aug 25, 2015 (gmt 0)

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Hi All,

Can anyone help me to understand why my site's google analytics not showing traffic from various threads of [social.technet.microsoft.com...] website.

Though, it is showing traffic from different pages of [social.technet.microsoft.com...] and [blogs.technet.com...]

Is this due to https URL?

Thanks in advance
8:02 pm on Aug 26, 2015 (gmt 0)

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Check your Telligent config for https.
6:06 am on Aug 28, 2015 (gmt 0)

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Telligent? where I can check this?
7:59 pm on Aug 28, 2015 (gmt 0)

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Sorry, I tanked that up, the site you linked to above uses Telligent to deploy Analytics, but you're talking about links from that site that go to your site.

Are the links redirected or tagged with utm tags?
12:44 pm on Sept 1, 2015 (gmt 0)

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No, the links are neither redirecting nor tagged with utm. They are simple links like www.example.com/product1.html

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In the absence of utm tags, the Analytics script looks next at the referrer header, and tries to classify the traffic that way.
If it was coming from google.com, for example, since untagged, it would call it organic search engine traffic.

You say "analytics not showing traffic from various threads" of X, how in Analytics are you looking for this traffic?

In Analytics, go to Acquisition / All Traffic / Source/Medium, add secondary dimension "Full Referrer", then use the search box above the table, entering just soft.com, and see if you can find the traffic this way.
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Hello, you can see Google analytics traffic on the pages that contains tracking code provided from Google while configured. I think its not happen due to https url issues.

In order to generate traffic reports your each threads should be in individual pages or a page should contains several threads so if you want to view traffic of that page you can have Google analytics tracking code enabled in that page.

So after including tracking code in the page that contains individual thread you should able to see traffic reports. I hope this information helps, thanks.
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You want to know why https domains aren't showing in your reports. It's because many browsers do not pass the referrer to a non https site if the visit originated on an https page. It's done that way for privacy reasons. If you want to track those referrers, change your own site to https.
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"If you want to track those referrers, change your own site to https."
You sure?
9:11 pm on Oct 11, 2015 (gmt 0)

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I don't think you have a choice.

Browsers suppress the referrer when the visitor clicks from a secure site to a non-secure site.
They don't do so when the visitor clicks from a secure site to a secure site, or from a non-secure site to a secure site.
10:55 am on Jan 7, 2016 (gmt 0)

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Just noticed this on one of my clients sites; they have some ads running on another site but no referrals are showing up on GA from the advertising site's domain. As far as I can find out, https to http referrals are blocked and the traffic just shows up as Direct, so no way of tracking it. Switching to https will solve it but is it really worth it since you're traffic will take a significant hit when you switch protocols (your inbound links will lose equity in the process, and some of your rankings will go south).
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Try QSA on the redirect, or since they're ads, re-point the dest URL to avoid the redirect.

PS - On the ranking when you switch, I think that's no longer the case. But, I'm not an SEO. :-)