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Self Referrals from your domain

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Hi there.

 

Google Analytics has now added, by default, your domain to the referral exclusion list.

 

Here's my issue:

example.com is the referral exclusion

www.example.com is the actual domain

 

Which is correct:

1. by adding example.com as a referral exclusion, I am now losing traffic as no sessions are being counted

2. by not adding example.com as a referral exclusion I have an increase in traffic because it's now being considered as 2 sessions

 

What happens if there is a 301 redirect? Is it still necessary to have your domain without the www on the referral exclusion list?

 

Please help!

Thanks.

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Self Referrals from your domain

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The absence of www is to cater for all sub-domains that may exist.

 

example.com

blog.example.com

store.example.com

 

All of the above will be excluded. This is the right, recommended way.

 

Let us know if it's clear or whether you need further help.

 

Re: Self Referrals from your domain

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Thanks, R Rodrigues.

Can you guarantee that a session is still being counted despite having
added it as an exclusion?

Self Referrals from your domain

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GA treats all domains added to the list as your own domains i.e. domains that should not be treated as referral sources. Therefore, traffic that came from any of those domains will not trigger a new session. See link below for more info. 

 

https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/2795830?hl=en 

 

Example:

Facebook > blog.example.com > www.example.com

If you have www.example.com in the list, the referral source that will show up in GA reports is blog.example.com

 

Facebook > blog.example.com > www.example.com

If you have example.com in the list, the referral source that will show up in GA reports is Facebook

 

Let me know if it makes sense.