Ben Young
Ben Young
October 7, 2022

Web analytics works through a piece of javascript on your webpage. As a user visits the page and loads the javascript, the browser in loading the webpage, passes to the javascript, where that person came from.Β 

i.e. ie someone clicks from Facebook, that data gets passed over.Β 

This enables web analytics to track referrals. Appending extra data to click URLs, like UTM sources, can also provider further detail, such as the link, or ad clicked.Β 

Sometimes this data can be cleared out by browsers. Or if someone is swapping apps to click a link, this can remove the referrer data. Which is where UTM parameters can help. But also why more and more traffic is marked as direct.Β