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    Google Analytics weird Referral Traffic

    Google Analytics is showing an unusual amount of traffic from this website: http://www.carolinetest.com/category/trucks-articles

    The problem I have is that I can't find my link anywhere on the site so how is Google Analytics showing that I'm getting traffic from this here?

    I wouldn't care but it's throwing off my Analytics numbers big time.
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    Couldn't it be a advertisement on there website based on cookies? So many people on carolinetest website gets to see your ads?

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    Quote Originally Posted by leaseman View Post
    Google Analytics is showing an unusual amount of traffic from this website: http://www.carolinetest.com/category/trucks-articles

    The problem I have is that I can't find my link anywhere on the site so how is Google Analytics showing that I'm getting traffic from this here?

    I wouldn't care but it's throwing off my Analytics numbers big time.
    Google Analytics only shows the root domain of a referring source so it is unlikely that you can pinpoint a particular page based upon the referral report alone.

    You can, however, perform a Google site search on the referring domain for your domain name. For example, "site:carolinetest.com [your URL]

    This is what I usually do when I get new referring domains in GA that I'm curious to learn more. Let me know if this trick works for you.
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    I did a site search as you suggested and nothing came up. When I click on the root domain in GA it takes me to specific page the traffic is coming from, the url I mentioned above. I still cant figure out how it can be referring me traffic if my url is no where to be found on the site/page.

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    Is it possible the link is being added by javascript, so it doesn't show on the page?

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    Not very informative, but I'd tread warily if you visit that site.
    Take plenty of exercise walk round and round the garden
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    sign up now for the Isle of Jura 10K or Half Marathon!

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    Not sure, I'm not much of a coder. Is there anyway to get rid of this? Thanks for your help by the way.

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    You can block traffic from a given referrer via your .htaccess file. See http://www.javascriptkit.com/howto/htaccess14.shtml
    Take plenty of exercise walk round and round the garden
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    sign up now for the Isle of Jura 10K or Half Marathon!

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    Thanks TechnoBear. Thats exactly the advice I was looking for.


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