What referrer is - with 2479 visits in this example?
Our total number of visits one month is 154 861 but when I look at the custom report (mentioned above) the total number of visits with referrer URLs is a lot more, 214 387 visits (see pic below). Why is the visits from referrers larger than the total number of visits to the entire site?
After some help from a collegue of mine I think we figured out why the number of referrals are larger than the total number of visits to the entire site.
Not all referrers are counted or registered as visits of the site- they are simply referrers. For exampel search engines and other external pages are not included as visits of the entire site as they are referrers.
Now I only have one question left that I need your help with: what does the - sign mean in the report? It appears as a referrer, but what is it?
Thanks for your suggestion! Our developers looked into it and they think it is our CMS tool that replaces the title with the - sign in some cases. They will continue to investigate. So there is no problem in Matomo and that is good to know!