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How to force a referrer when one is not being shown

How can i make my landing pages ALWAYS show the referrer, will this work

     
7:34 pm on Sep 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Here's the skinny.

A lot of my web pages somehow do not show a referrer when my customers are looking at their stats. By that i mean, i can send traffic from my sites and often times my customers stats will not show where it came from.

They want to see the referrer EVERY time.

Much has been said about why the referrer sometimes does not show, but I'm looking for a way to force one to always show, if there is such a way.

Can i simply make all my page urls to end with:

submit=my+site+name

will that work or is that just lame?
My tech understanding is way too low to know if this is a great idea or just silly.

Thanks for your advice,
Slim

[edited by: SlimKim at 7:36 pm (utc) on Sep. 1, 2007]

8:21 pm on Sept 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

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It's the browser that sends the referer header, not the site - so the answer is no, you can't force the browser to send a referer if the end user has disabled them.

Visits without referer info may also be direct navigation (type-ins) or from bookmarks. Bots/spiders also don't send referer info.

12:06 am on Sept 2, 2007 (gmt 0)

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encyclo,

thanks so much for your reply

couldn't be type-ins, bots or spyders --- we send it alright.

I'll look at the bright side - less work for us.
Now to convince our clients that we are on the level.

I think I'll give that broswer explanation and let the chips fall where they may :-)

[edited by: SlimKim at 12:10 am (utc) on Sep. 2, 2007]

12:35 am on Sept 2, 2007 (gmt 0)

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You can also tell them that Norton Internet Security and Personal Firewall have a feature that filters the referrer.
1:15 am on Sept 2, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Can i simply make all my page urls to end with:

submit=my+site+name

You could attach such a query string to your links to their site, but it would be best to ask them what URL/query string format they'd prefer, since they will have to redirect those incoming requests to their canonical URLs to avoid duplicate listings in the SERPs if those 'referrer' links get indexed...

Jim