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Help moving referrers to organic sources

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I've tried changing some sources that list in GA as 'referrals' to 'organic'. I did this about a few weeks ago but they're still appearing as referrals Smiley Sad

 

I've attached a screenshot of the Tracking info / Organic Search Sources I've edited. Can anyone help? Thanks!

 

Re: Help moving referrers to organic sources

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Hi Kiel,

You still see organic traffic as a referral traffic after additional setup because of the campaign timeout.

Since if a user had referral/search.bt.com as their last acquisition campaign, and then they enter with a “Direct” source, they’ll still show up as referrals from search.bt.com until either the campaign timeouts (6 months by default) or they enter via another campaign (again via search.bt.com). It's due to the last non-direct source attribution.

However, this number should steadily decline (and you should see near 0% new users) until after 6 months when it should disappear entirely.

Hope that it helps. Smiley Happy

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Thanks for the reply and help.

So my domains and query parameters are correct? And should I start to see some referrals of those search domains move into the 'organic' category soon. (I made the changes about 1-2 months ago).

Thanks again for your help

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It seems that they are correct.

Set a short time range in the calendar and try to segment out the new users and returning users and check if the new users are still reported as "referrals" or not. If not, everything should be fine.

It's worth noting at this point that in the case of secure search (Google, Yahoo, DuckDuckGo and Bing), the query value will not be present in the referrer, resulting in term being reported as '(not provided)'. As a result, this control won't apply to any of your '(not provided)' terms.

If it still doesn't work, you can test this kind of method:
http://prntscr.com/bxas7b

Regex: duckduckgo\.com|uk\.search\.yahoo\.com|search\.bt\.com

You should test it first in the "test view".

You can read more about the Organic Search Sources here: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/2795821?hl=en&ref_topic=6010375


Taavi

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I'm seeing the same, and like you I set my filters up a few months ago.

I never see any organic traffic from duckduckgo (the only one I've set up). All new users are classified as referral, coming from duckduckgo.com.

The only difference I have is a more exhaustive regex for the source:

(http://)?(([^.]+).)?duckduckgo.com

But this should match "duckduckgo.com" just fine, as it appears in the "source" field in my reports.

It doesn't seem to be affected by new users. Everyone that visits via ddg is still classified as referral.

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I was wrong. As prompted here: https://www.en.advertisercommunity.com/t5/Tracking-Goals-Ecommerce/com-google-android-googlequicksea...

... I realised I was checking via Acquisition > All Traffic > Channels > Referral. This is the "Default channel grouping".

If I check via Acquisition > All Traffic > Source/Medium I can see DDG coming through as organic.

This is rather confusing, although I guess the clue is in the word "Default"!