• http://www.wirestone.com kgamache

    Hey Danny,

    Maybe I am confused but I don’t consider upstream websites as “referrers”. That would be like saying I visited my dentist and then visited my chiropractor but my dentist didn’t refer me to my chiropractor. So isn’t this more the case that people didn’t find what they wanted on Google and maybe tried Bing?

  • http://www.icoastalnet.com/Myrtle-Beach-search-engine-optimization-SEO.cfm MyrtleBeachSEO

    I was thinking one more option as well… those people who go to the Google search box to type in sites they want to visit rather than typing it in the address bar.

  • http://www.ides.com pottern

    I wonder if searching “Google” on Google might be related to using Chrome?

    When searching for something like Google Adwords, you barely have a chance to type Google before Chrome displays it’s Quicksearch functionality and if you’ve got trigger fingers, the search engine launches a search for the term ‘google’ before you have a chance to type Adwords.

    Then again, adoption of Chrome isn’t nearly as wide-spread yet.

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    Kgamache, it’s not as exact as with browser referrers, where you can tell what was the exact site that sent someone to you. But it’s the closest approximation that Hitwise has. I’m pretty sure there are indeed plenty of people who did find what they wanted on Google — Bing. But it is true, someone might have gone to Google, not found what they wanted, then gone to Bing. That wouldn’t have been a referrer from Google to Bing but rather just what some did after.

  • http://www.monolithmultimedia.com monolithmultimedia

    Im not gonna lie, I have googled bing… ha