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    Question CJ not seeing my referring urls
    CJ contacted me because my "referring urls" are not showing up in their system.

    I do PPC advertising and when i link to a merchant site, I first link to a separate html page with a meta refresh on it like the one seen below:



    The reason that i do this is so that i can use Google Analytics to track the traffic I'm getting through the search engines.

    Anyone know how to correct this issue and make the referring urls show up in CJ's system? Any help would be much appreciated!

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    I thought the meta refresh does send itself as a referrer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by newestuser
    I thought the meta refresh does send itself as a referrer?
    I would have thought that it might too, but CJ is saying that it is coming through to them as blank. Unfortunately, i have no way of testing it out.

    Anyone have any suggestions?

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    I think the "0" is your problem. You're probably also losing data with your GA also. I doubt very much it's recording everything with an instant redirect. I would make it 1 second.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobby131313
    I think the "0" is your problem. You're probably also losing data with your GA also. I doubt very much it's recording everything with an instant redirect. I would make it 1 second.
    Ok, i think i'll give that a try and change it to 1 second. What is a "GA"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by seven-link
    CJ contacted me because my "referring urls" are not showing up in their system.
    *double-take*

    *puzzled look on face*

    Are you a super-affiliate? Seems you're getting special service.

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    To check the status of your referring URL's download Firefox, click on your affiliate link. After you arrive on the merchant's site go to "tools > page info". Your referring URL will show up in this dialog box.

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    Are you a super-affiliate? Seems you're getting special service.
    I don't think he's a super-affiliate. I think CJ sees everyones referring urls. Then if there is an inordinate percentage of blank referrers on anyones account it sends up a red flag which triggers further investigation.

    I believe that's what's happened to the OP because of his 0 second redirection. Once he fixes that I think all will be well for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seven-link
    CJ contacted me because my "referring urls" are not showing up in their system.

    I do PPC advertising and when i link to a merchant site, I first link to a separate html page with a meta refresh on it like the one seen below:



    The reason that i do this is so that i can use Google Analytics to track the traffic I'm getting through the search engines.

    Anyone know how to correct this issue and make the referring urls show up in CJ's system? Any help would be much appreciated!
    What you're actually doing in effect is masking the actual source of the traffic. CJ is interested in where you're really sending traffic from - Spyware & shady affiliates tend to mask referrers using redirects like that.

    Why do you need Google analytics on that kind of page anyway? Makes no sense, really. Analytics isn't even guaranteed to load when you're doing a meta refresh for 0. Either actually send traffic directly (or through a php redirect, so you'll get server logs of traffic, but CJ will still see the search engines as referrers), or create a full landing page/site.

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