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the other site had over 400,000 linking domains
An important factor for me is to check the inbound has not gone bad, and it occasionally happens as domains get sold, or even hijacked.
Well, if they have gone https and you are still on http, you will lose the referrer data. It no longer gets passed and will not show up in your analytics.
What about people who buy expired domains for sites in their niche and then re-direct these previously-expired domains to their own site?
I don't understand why this would be the case. Is it a bug in Analytics or does the visitor's browser simply not provide the referer info to the server. And if so, why not? I don't understand it.
A user agent MUST NOT send a Referer header field in an
unsecured HTTP request if the referring page was received with a
Since the Referer header field tells a target site about the context
that resulted in a request, it has the potential to reveal
information about the user's immediate browsing history and any
personal information that might be found in the referring resource's
ergophobe -- My sites are http, but the server logs for all of them show numerous referrals from https://www.google.com/, https://www.bing.com/, and other https sites. So I'm still confused.
server logs for all of them show numerous referrals from [google.com...]
As I mentioned, that's common. What are the User Agents? Generally, it should be non-compliant UAs, but people do report a fair number of referrals from https sites.
I can't post images here, but in another place I just posted an image that shows referral traffic from a site as it changed to https. It was sending 4,000 referals per month and it went to about 10 overnight and then dropped to zero.
Note: if one has to constantly chase Google there are serious fundamental site/business problems that need attention.
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So what is your standing on a "paid" way of acquiring links from trust heavy domains?