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    Identifying referrer value (document.referer)

    If there is no value in document.referer, we can ascertain that the person browsing has got to the page either by typing straight into the address bar or by a bookmark.

    My question is whether there is a way of telling which of thos two have been used? In other words, can we get any indication of how many people are using bookmarks/favourites for your site?

    It's probably not possible but I thought I'd ask anyway
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    Does it really matter?

    What I mean is, if someone types in your URL by memory, (a mental bookmark, if you will) isn't that just as good as clicking a bookmark?

    For instance, I don't feel the need to bookmark CNN's web site. If I want news, I just type www.cnn.com and [enter]. Would their popularity be lessened somehow - or increased - if I were to make a desktop shortcut for that action? Or a bookmark, or toolbar button?

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    I'm pretty sure it's not possible - at least not with modern browsers (older browsers may have been less concerned for user's privacy but these days features like that are frowned upon by most web users).

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    Afraid it's not possible - clicking on a bookmark/favourite performs (virtually) the same action as typing it in yourself. Impossible to tell between the two - only the user knows that!


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