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Meaning of "No Referer" in webstats
From Jim Perry at Palmares of Elite Women Cycle Racers on 3 Feb '01
In the web usage stats which I get for my site, I often encounter a
"no referer" line in the fields where the refering URL is given. Here
is an example from yesterdays web usage stats:

3 33K /palmares/reed.htm
2 http://www.wcrpalmares.org/index.htm
1 http://www.google.com/search
10 143K /palmares/reinhart.htm
2 http://dir.yahoo.com/Recreation/Sports/Cycling/Cyclists/Reinhart__Nicole/
2 (no referer)
2 http://www.wcrpalmares.org/index.htm
2 http://search.yahoo.com/bin/search
1 http://www.google.com/search
1 http://www.wcrpalmares.org/
3 24K /palmares/rossner.htm
1 (no referer)
1 http://www.wcrpalmares.org/index.htm
1 http://www.wcrpalmares.org/

As I read this, 3 people called up the reed.htm file, 10 called on the
reinhart.htm file, and 3 called the rossner.htm file. Five of the 10
calls on reinhart.htm came from search engines, 3 of them were from
within the Palmares web site, and 2 are listed as "no referer". Does
this mean that those calls resulted from somebody typing in the URL
(wcrpalmares.org/palmares/reinhart.htm) directly into the URL address
field in their browser and getting to the page in that fashion?

Jim Perry




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