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I use WordPress on my website and I've noticed the following code at the end of URLs when viewing pages/posts. The codes vary depending on the browser (Chrome, Safari and Firefox.)

  • Chrome: #.T08yOCM5CDU
  • Safari: #.T08yRZg5D8s
  • Firefox: #.T08yaiM5CDU

Is it simply a way for Google to track my site's hits? Are my readers seeing this?


My site's URL is http://www.internationalpolicydigest.org/

Edited to reflect the plugins that my website is using:

  • AddThis Social Bookmarking Widget
  • Adminer
  • Disqus Comment System
  • Donate Plus
  • Facebook Revised Open Graph Meta Tag
  • Front Page Category
  • Google XML Sitemaps
  • HTML in Author Bio
  • Image Widget
  • Just Another Author Widget
  • No category parents
  • Outbrain
  • Page Links To
  • Quick Page/Post Redirect DEV
  • Relevanssi
  • Search & Replace
  • Widget Context
  • Woo Recent Posts
  • WP-PageNavi
  • WP Easy Gallery
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Can you update your question with what wordpress plugins you are using. I'm pretty sure one of them is causing this. – Dez Mar 1 '12 at 15:35
I made the requested edit. – John Lyman Mar 1 '12 at 18:08
Nice to see it's fixed for you! I suggest selecting an answer as the "accepted answer" now! – ComputerLocus May 6 '12 at 10:35

I noticed this on a site I worked on - The client had enabled 'Track address bar shares' in the addthis plugin. Un-ticking this option removed the codes from the sites URLs

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Outbrain made it a huge hassle but eventually worked. Thank you – John Lyman Mar 19 '12 at 2:07

Hmm... It's not listed, but your Outbrain rater script is causing this.

in your page source: http://widgets.outbrain.com/OutbrainRater.js

I found this by looking at that file's source and here's the culprit:

(var e="",f=0;f<8;f++){var g=Math.floor(Math.random()*61);e+="0123456789ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXTZabcdefghiklmnopqrstuvwxyz".substring(g,g+1)

In your index.php or header.php file you should see the following:

<script type='text/javascript'>
    var OutbrainPermaLink="http://www.internationalpolicydigest.org/2012/02/29/africa-nuclear-security-and-the-2012-summit/";
    if(typeof(OB_Script)!='undefined'){OutbrainStart();} else {
    var OB_PlugInVer="";;var OB_raterMode="stars";var OB_recMode="rec";var OBITm="1297817213";var OB_Script=true;var OB_langJS="http://widgets.outbrain.com/lang_en.js";document.write(unescape("%3Cscript src='http://widgets.outbrain.com/OutbrainRater.js' type='text/javascript'%3E%3C/script%3E"));}
  • Copy/Paste it into Notepad (so you can save it if you really want it)
  • delete it from the file you edited.
  • Clear any cache you have (Ctrl + Shift + Delete)
  • Clear your domain cookies (just to be safe)
  • load your site.

This should take care of your issue.

It also looks like you have an outbrain plugin on your site: no category parents, outbrain this may be the source of this as well.

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That's great thank you. Hopefully by following those steps that should take care of it. – John Lyman Mar 1 '12 at 21:03
Did this work for you? – Dez Mar 2 '12 at 16:48
While I'm extremely comfortable with WordPress because getting one line of code can damage a site I am paying someone to fix it. Hopefully it does. My thinking is that the code, while probably not the end of the world, does more or less hurt my site's visibility in Google and elsewhere. I recently rebranded my site with a new URL so I had to start from scratch from site visits in the hundreds of thousands. – John Lyman Mar 2 '12 at 19:25
I'll keep you posted though. – John Lyman Mar 2 '12 at 19:25
Good luck! I'm hopeful my suggestion works for you. Random question: Was this affecting your analytics as well since the analytics javascript was firing after this bit of javascript did? – Dez Mar 2 '12 at 19:42

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