How To Remove ‘Simple Share Buttons’ As A Referral Source

Tired of seeing Simple Share Buttons in your referring sites traffic segment? These are not legitimate sources of referral traffic and can affect your metrics, such as your bounce rate and time on site. Plus, there have been instances of the referring links containing malware – so, out of curiosity, don’t click the links from within your analytics.

Here’s the simple step-by-step instructions on how to remove this traffic source from your website’s analytics.

Step one: 

Go to Acquisition>Referrals. Search for something like simple, or buttons – in this example I searched for ‘simple’ to find all of the sources. You can see there were 516 visits from these sources at a 100% bounce rate and spending less than a second on the site. These visits can throw off some of your key metrics.

Copy the domain, you’re going to paste that address in a later step.

Remove Simple Share Buttons as a Referral Source

 

Step Two: 

Go to your Admin section. Under the Property Settings, select Tracking Info>Referral Exclusion List.

Remove Simple Share Buttons as a Referral Source

 

Step Three:

Click on +Add Referral Exclusion

Remove Simple Share Buttons as a Referral Source

 

Step Four:

Paste in the domain you copied in Step 1.

Remove Simple Share Buttons as a Referral Source

 

Once created, you’ll see the domains within your exclusion list. If you see other suspicious referral sources, add those domains as well.

 

Remove Simple Share Buttons as a Referral Source

 

 

Have more analytics questions, let me know and I’ll try my best to hep explain it for you.

 

Eric Miltsch
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Eric Miltsch

Co-founder at DealerTeamwork LLC
Eric Miltsch is a successful automotive digital marketing consultant specializing in search, social & mobile strategies. His love of all things digital & automotive is the perfect recipe for helping progressive dealers stay on the edge.
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