3 Steps For Adding PayPal to Referral Exclusion List in Google Analytics

If you have an eCommerce website and you’re offering PayPal as a payment option, PayPal will appear in your Google Analytics account as a referral medium. Showing PayPal as a referral medium distorts the quality of your data since PayPal doesn’t refer traffic to your website.

To see PayPal as a referral medium in your Google Analytics account, go to the Conversion section, Top Conversion Paths section and then search and click on source and medium in the Secondary Dimensions drop-down, and you can see that PayPal is a referral medium.

Google Analytics Conversion PayPal

Google Analytics Conversion PayPal

Google Analytics Conversion PayPal

To exclude PayPal as a referral medium in your Google Analytics account, take the following three steps:

1. Go to the Admin section and Click on Tracking Code

Click on the admin icon on the bottom left hand side and then click on Tracking info which is the middle section of the admin section.

Google Analytics

2. Click on Referral Exclusion List

Then, click on the Referral Exclusion List and you can add domains that you want to add to the exclusion list.

Referral Exclusion List

Google Analytics Referral Exclusion List

3. Click on +Add Referral Exclusion

Click on the +Add Referral Exclusion button and add paypal.com.

Referral Exclusion List

There you have it – paypal.com is added to your referral exclusion list and PayPal.com won’t appear as a referral medium in your Google Analytics account. Excluding Paypal.com or other payment method websites as referral sources or mediums will help you better analyze your consumer data and journey.

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