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Modify how organic searches are attributed.

Analytics separates traffic that arrives at your site through a search engine result from traffic that arrives through other referring channels, like paid advertisement or another site that links to yours. In your reports, this traffic segment is called organic search traffic. For information on traffic types, read about traffic sources.

Analytics automatically recognizes the most popular search engines, and attributes traffic to these sources. Traffic that finds your site through any of the default search engines appears as organic search traffic in your reports. Traffic that finds your site through any search engine not included in this list is considered referral traffic, (not as organic search traffic), in your reports.

You can add, delete, and reorder the list of recognized search engines to modify how organic search traffic is attributed in your account and how the data appears in your reports.

In this article:

How the list of search engines affects your data

Analytics attributes incoming traffic to one source. Organic search traffic is assigned to the first search engine on your list that matches the domain name and query parameter of the incoming user.

For example, if you list google.com first and images.google.com second (and both sites use the same query parameter, like q), all searches that happen on images.google.com are attributed to google.com. To change this attribution, you can reorder these search engines in the list to prioritize how sessions are attributed. In this example, you could list images.google.com before google.com so searches are properly attributed.

You can also remove search engines from this list. Traffic arriving from any search engine you remove appear as referral traffic instead of as organic search traffic.

If you control a search engine that overlaps with another in this list, and if they use the same query parameter, you could also avoid this situation by changing your search parameter to something unique.

Change your organic search traffic settings

This setting is managed in the admin settings of each property in your account. To add, edit, reorder, or remove search engines:

  1. Navigate to a property. If you're not in the settings menu, click Admin. Select the account and property you want to edit.
  2. From the property column, click Tracking Info then Organic Search Sources.
  3. Click +Add Search Engine.
  4. In the form, specify what the Domain Name Contains and the Query Parameter. You can also specify a Search Engine Name and what the Path Contains.
  5. Click Create.

Click edit or delete to change or remove a search engine you’ve already added. To reorder the list, drag and drop the order of each row by using the mouse to grab the dots left of the search engine name.

Default search engine list

Engine Example Domain Names Parameter
360.cn http://360.cn/ q
Alice http://www.alice.com/
http://aliceadsl.fr
qs
Alltheweb http://www.alltheweb.com/ q
Altavista http://www.altavista.com/ q
AOL http://www.aol.com/ encquery, q, query
Ask http://www.ask.com/
http://search.aol.fr
alicesuche.aol.de
etc.
q
Auone http://search.auone.jp/ q
Avg http://isearch.avg.com q
Babylon http://search.babylon.com q
Baidu http://www.baidu.com/ wd, word
Biglobe http://biglobe.ne.jp q
Bing http://www.bing.com/ q
Centrum.cz http://search.centrum.cz/ q
Comcast http://search.comcast.net q
Conduit http://search.conduit.com q
CNN http://www.cnn.com/SEARCH/ query
Daum http://www.daum.net/ q
Ekolay http://www.ekolay.net/ q
Eniro http://www.eniro.se/ search_word
Globo http://www.globo.com/busca/ q
go.mail.ru http://go.mail.ru/ q
Google All Google Search domains
(e.g., www.google.com, www.google.co.uk, etc)
q
goo.ne http://goo.ne.jp MT
haosou.com http://www.haosou.com/s q
Incredimail http://search.incredimail.com q
Kvasir http://www.kvasir.no/ q
Live http://www.bing.com/ q
Lycos http://www.lycos.com/ q
Lycos http://search.lycos.de
other regional TLDs
query
Mamma http://www.mamma.com/ query
MSN http://www.msn.com/
http://money.msn.com
http://local.msn.com
q
Mynet http://www.mynet.com/ q
Najdi http://najdi.si q
Naver http://www.naver.com/ query
Netscape http://search.netscape.com/ query
ONET http://szukaj.onet.pl q, qt
Ozu http://www.ozu.es/ q
PCHome http://www.pchome.com/ q
Rakuten http://rakuten.co.jp qt
Rambler http://rambler.ru/ query
Search-results http://search-results.com q
search.smt.docomo http://search.smt.docomo.ne.jp MT
Sesam http://sesam.no/ q
Seznam http://www.seznam.cz/ q
So.com http://www.so.com/s q
Sogou http://www.sogou.com/ query
Startsiden http://www.startsiden.no/sok q
Szukacz http://www.szukacz.pl/ q
Terra http://buscador.terra.com.br query
Tut.by http://search.tut.by/ query
Ukr http://search.ukr.net/ q
Virgilio http://search.virgilio.it/ qs
Voila http://www.voila.fr/ rdata
Wirtulana Polska http://www.wp.pl/ szukaj
Yahoo http://www.yahoo.com/
http://yahoo.cn
m.yahoo.com
other regional mobile sites
p
Yandex http://www.yandex.com/
http://yandex.ru
text
Yam http://www.yam.com/ k
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