I often see the url checkout.shopify.com / referral in source/medium under acquisition on google analytics, can anyone explain what this means? are these people that are going straight to a bookmarket checkout page is it remarketing or some sort , is it people that are finding out site via shopify itself rather than our shop. url or is it just a bug in the analytics system.
If its a bug should i tell analytics to ignore that url in the stats.
Many thanks for any advice.
This normally happens when people go to that domain to purchase, then come back. this is not good as it means the original referrer is not given credit for the purchase.
Shopify provide instructions on how to stop it happening via the referral exclusion list:
I'm facing the same issue on one of my store despite of referral exclusion as per https://help.shopify.com/manual/reports-and-analytics/google-analytics/exclude-referrer-domains
Have double-checked site is on universal GA. Can someone please help as referral exclusion was done on 11/28 but the checkout.shopify.com is still getting reported under referral with huge portion of revenue being attributed to it.
Thanks in advance.
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I added Shopify to my exclusion list, I am seeing a lot less referals from Shopify but i am still seeing the odd one.
Unfortunately we seem to have become the victim of this strange new kind of spam that is exploiting the language settings in google showing entries like "Vitaly rules google ☆*:｡゜ﾟ･*ヽ(^ᴗ^)ﾉ*･゜ﾟ｡:*☆ ¯\_(ツ)_/¯(ಠ益ಠ)(ಥ‿ಥ)(ʘ‿ʘ)ლ(ಠ_ಠლ)( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)ヽ(ﾟДﾟ)ﾉʕ•̫͡•ʔᶘ ᵒᴥᵒᶅ(=^ ^=)oO " , "o-o-8-o-o.com search shell is much better than google!" or "Secret.ɢoogle.com You are invited! Enter only with this ticket URL. Copy it. Vote for Trump!" in our language results.
This new traffic seems to accounts for 5% of our online shop's traffic, I would doubt that this traffic is affecting our atribution figures as it won't lead to sales, but it will certainly be skewing our conversion rates and our source stats etc.
As far as i can tell because this traffic is not from a known url or a fixed Ip address there is not a way to filter it out or to stop it showing in the analytics data.
Anyone else seen this.