Direct vs Organic Traffic Sources - Know the Difference!

Last Update: May 26, 2021

Hey, I am Lula.


How to classify traffic?


Like Google Analytics, web analytics platforms utilize an algorithm and flow chart based on referring sites or URL parameters determining the source of traffic.


Direct, as the referrer or origin is unknown.

Email marketing traffic appropriately tagged with an email parameter

Organic traffic from search engines, results that are earned, not paid

Paid from search engines that result from paid advertising via Google AdWords or another paid media platform.

Referral when a user finds our site other than search engines.

Social traffic from social media platforms.

"Other" is traffic that does not fit into another source.



Direct traffic is people inputting a direct URL into the browser.

How's it derived?

Internal employees are visiting their company site and not having their IP filtered from web analytics.

Customers are logging into a customer portal on site.

Actual direct traffic, folks who know your brand, enter URL directly into their browser or have URL bookmarked.

Email clicks from email service providers such as Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook to not pass on referring information.

Click from mobile apps or desktop software, programs such a Skype

Traffic from a secure (HTTPS) site to non-secure (HTTP) will not pass referral information.



Organic traffic is visitors landing on our site's pages from search engines.

Like Google and Bing. Our sites are driven by SEO; the better we rank for low competition keywords, the more organic traffic will result. Updating the blog with 2 - 3 posts a week consistently and optimized for search will see a steady increase in traffic and improved positioning in SERPs. It is also essential to track keywords and high-ranking pages to identify SEO opportunities to leverage. Using data, we can track results and correlate efforts to actual ROI.

Apologies if anything isn't correct; please advise.

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SHINEPAGE1 Premium Plus
Wow , Countrylife, I know traffic is not in the country side, but you write a excellent post on traffic, I love it , am trying to get some traffic right now for my new website, I never knew I would live to see the word TRAFFIC, become a fabulous word, where everyone like , normally traffic is horrible , cause people to late for meeting , late for a date , wow, what a turn around traffic has made, from VERY BAD to EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD , traffic is the best , very nice informative post Countrylife, I love it
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countrylife Premium
Hey Hentley, thank you and you're welcome. Traffic is real good on the world wide web :) Here in real life in our small town we connect with nature off grid.
Wishing you continued success.
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countrylife Premium
So may I ask what efforts are you doing right now to achieve your traffic goals? Kinda interested getting to know what members are doing and beneficial for the both of us to learn about our niches and businesses help one another, hope you do not mind :)
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SHINEPAGE1 Premium Plus
Nice work countrylife keep it up
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JeffreyBrown Premium
A very good differentiation, Lula!

Thanks for sharing!


Jeff
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countrylife Premium
Hey Jeff, thank you and you're welcome.
Wishing you continued success.
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JeffreyBrown Premium
You're very welcome, Lula, and I wish you continued success too!

Jeff
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MBdesire Premium Plus
It is learning that may lead up to last
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countrylife Premium
Hey Mizanur, can you explain more?
I don't get it, Thank you.
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Claudiojuan Premium
We must work a lot properly on our site to attract organic traffic. It is the best and most willing to leave in our pockets money.
Thank you Lula!
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countrylife Premium
Hey Claudio :) That's true.
Thank you and you're welcome.
Wishing you continued success.
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edhozubin Premium
Lula please don't die, we will work with you when we have resources to the same. You just enlightened me and I say thank you so much!
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countrylife Premium
:) Okay
Hey Edward, thank you and you're welcome.
Wishing you continued success.
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