Danny Sullivan over at Search Engine Land posted today about a topic that’s been tickling my brain the past few weeks: What’s the reason for the discrepancy between the referral traffic from Twitter as calculated by Google Analytics, and the click through data reported by tracking links. I always feel like Bi.tly is providing a much higher number of clicks to sites, than GA is showing, inbound.
A ha! Yet another reason not to put all your analytics eggs in one basket. For many of our clients we’ve been seeing Twitter climb up in the referral traffic rankings, so it’s interesting to think that even those numbers may not be fully capturing the amount of traffic Twitter really pushes to their sites.
I definitely recommend cruising over to Search Engine Land to give Danny’s post a read. For more information, check out these links:
- MIT Technology Review, “But Who’s Counting?”
- Bit.ly, “Registered Applications And Better Click Referrer Data”