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If there is a link pointing to my website http://www.mywebsite.com but I'm using an SSL certificate e.g. https://www.mywebsite.com what will the medium be on the traffic that click the link? 

 

I have a 301 redirect in place for the http:// to https:// I assumed it would come through as referral but it has been suggested that due to the 301 it may appear as direct? 

 

Anyone have any experience of this?

 

Thanks

 

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Hi :-)

If the 301 is setup correctly then the referral traffic should be tracked as normal..not just direct.

Traffic from an external https site to a http website will show as direct because https does not pass referral info to http by default. Since you have the 301 redirect in place though, it shouldnt be an issue.

 

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Hi,

 

So just to clarify, there is an external website who are linking to my website. They have said that I won't see any referral traffic from their site to mine because they set up the links incorrectly and linked to http version of my site, not the https.

 

You're saying that anyone who clicked the link on their site to come through to my site will be shown in Google Analytics as direct/none source/medium because the data cannot be passed through the redirect?

 

 

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Hi :-)

So just to clarify, there is an external website who are linking to my website. They have said that I won't see any referral traffic from their site to mine because they set up the links incorrectly and linked to http version of my site, not the https.

 

You're saying that anyone who clicked the link on their site to come through to my site will be shown in Google Analytics as direct/none source/medium because the data cannot be passed through the redirect?

 

Nope.. that is not what I am saying.

What I am saying is you should see their referral info fine if your 301 is setup correctly.
The 301 when setup correctly, behaves seamlessly and it should go directly to the https page.
The referral info should stay intact.
Test it though, to be sure and see how it actually behaves.

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Perfect, thanks. 

 

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Nps :-)

If you test it and find for whatever reason the referral info does not stay intact, I'd be interested in knowing

 

Thanks :-)

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