What Does Direct Traffic Mean in Google Analytics?

Since I’ve been looking this up for my own reaons, I thought I would share my findings. Direct Traffic means of course that there’s NO referrer when the visitor came to the site. This could be because someone: typed in the URL directly in their browser used a bookmark in their browser clicked a link from an email  with a non-web-based email client (like Outlook) clicked a link in a document (PDF, Word) clicked a link from within a secure site (https://) used a mobile app (which could come from twitter, stumbleupon, email, etc.) some JavaScript redirect links may not set a referrer some corporate intranets may strip out referrers if the user has browser plug-ins to mask their referrer some banner/PPC campaigns may not pass a referrer correctly The IE browser can sometimes be problematic & not send a referrer under certain conditions   Has anyone heard of any other reasons traffic would be identified as direct traffic in Google...

Redirecting Your Way Out of Google

Redirections are an essential part of any website’s SEO strategy. Whether or not you currently use a redirect on your website, you could be hurting your website’s standings with Google and risking a penalty. The fact is, there are times when using a redirect is absolutely essential to your website, and there are uses of redirects that can hurt your website as well. When a Redirect is Absolutely Necessary Website owners commonly make the mistake of not setting up a redirect when they move a page on their site or change the domain of their site. Failing to setup a redirect will not only cause confusion for visitors who try to access an old URL, but it can also confuse the search engines if proper instructions are not given to them. Your SEO company should be involved in correct this. What is a Redirect? A redirect is any method that automatically directs a user from one page to another. Common methods for redirecting users are Meta Refresh, Javascript Redirects, and 301 Redirects. Most website owners at one point or another will move a page, or even an entire site. It might be a slight move, such as changing the name of a directory or a file name. Or it may be a more significant change, such as converting your site from older HTML files to more modern PHP or ASP files. In some cases, the change may be drastic, changing the very structure and navigation of the website. In each of these examples, it is essential that you setup the proper redirection to avoid receiving a penalty from search...

How to do a 301 Redirect

301 permanent Redirect Redirects are essential for some websites. Without them pages don’t get indexed and that hurts your search engine visibility. The best way to do a redirect is to use a permanent 301 redirect. A permanent 301 redirect sends a status code to the browser alerting that the page has moved and a new page is taking its place-redirecting it permanently. Here are a few ways you can achieve a 301 redirect: Redirect from a subdomain to a domain It is important for SEO that all of your backlinks go to the same URL. Remember, www.bigoakinc.com, bigoakinc.com, www.bigoakinc.com/index.html and bigoakinc.com/index.html are all different pages to the search engines. We want all the PageRank funneling to one page. This can be helped with a 301 redirect to send browsers and bots who go to one of your home page variations. Modifying your .htaccess file that sends a 301 redirect status is where to start. Options +FollowSymLinks RewriteEngine on RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^domain.com RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.domain.com/$1 [R=permanent,L] If your host doesn’t allow mod_rewrite, you can use this code in an .htaccess file Redirect 301 http://domain.com/oldpage.html http://www.domain.com/newpage.html Code for various 301 redirects: PHP Redirect < ? header(‘HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently’); header(‘Location: http://www.newdomain.com/newdir/newpage.htm’); exit(); ?> ASP Redirect <%@ Language=VBScript %> <% Response.Status=”301 Moved Permanently” Response.AddHeader “Location”, “http://www.newsite.com/newdir/newpage.asp” %> ASP.NET Redirect ColdFusion Redirect < .cfheader statuscode=”301″ statustext=”Moved permanently”> < .cfheader name=”Location” value=”http://www.new-url.com”> Please use the information responsibly and be sure this will be a 301 permanent redirect. Moving it again can upset the search...