“Direct/None” traffic is a traffic source listed in Google Analytics that defines most traffic that does not come from a public website and does not have any Google Tracking URL parameters defined. Some examples of this are:
While it’s impossible to determine exactly where all of your Direct/None traffic is coming from, there is a lot you can learn from the landing pages and the monthly increase/decrease to these pages. I created the video walkthrough included with this page, but here’s the walkthrough:
This will show you a list of all the pages that “Direct/None” traffic is going to, which should give you quite a bit of insight as to how it may be getting there. Is there a blog post that is seeing a lot of traffic? It may have been mentioned in someone else’s newsletter.
Next, in the date selection (upper right-hand corner), set the report to compare to the previous period. Now you can see the change in your Direct/None traffic on a monthly basis and see what pages are contributing to increases or decreases in this traffic source.
Of course, this is more for general information gathering and there is no absolute way of knowing exactly where this Direct/None traffic is coming from without using Google Tracking URL’s.
How to Apply This
While everyone seems to focus on figuring out where this traffic is coming from, we feel it’s best to focus on how you can leverage this existing traffic for more business. Realize that your tracks have mostly washed away and focus on continuing to move forward.
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