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John T. Unger

Blocked Referral Info on TypePad Blogs

John T. Unger May 9, 2006

I got an email a couple days ago from Vic Correro at the Writesville blog, expressing concern that referral info was not showing up properly in stats for TypePad sites. Vic had tested the issue in four stats programs, and I had noticed the same issue in the three stats programs I use. The missing info didn't seem to be entirely consistent across various services, but they all showed a lot of blanks.

At first, my thought was that if the problem showed up in stat services besides the in-house stats for TypePad, it must be a broader issue… something that didn't originate on TypePad's end. I figured that maybe there was a spike in anonymizer services, or people surfing with cookies turned off. But apparently the issue does originate at TypePad. I just read the
following at SiteMeter's blog:

If you host your blog on TypePad.com (or Blogs.com) you may have noticed a drop in the number of referrals from search engines or other sources in the last week. You are probably seeing many more “unknown” referrals in your Site Meter reports than before.

TypePad was the subject of a “distributed denial of service attack” last week and I believe they made some changes to their hosting to block the attack and that is causing the referral information to become lost. I don’t think there is an actual drop in traffic caused by their “fix” but it is blocking information to let you know the source of your visitors.

Both Vic and David at SiteMeter have submitted support tickets, and received confirmation from TypePad that they are aware of the issue and are working on it. Hopefully it will be resolved soon.

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Tom G says:

I noticed it in my stats service [statcounter.com] too, but didn't think much of it. Interesting.

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