Bing “Referral” vs. Bing “Organic” in Analytics

By August 14, 2015 March 3rd, 2016 Inbound Marketing, Search Engine Optimization

You might have recently noticed Bing traffic being divided into two segments within the Acquisition > Source/Medium channel:

  • Bing / organic

  • Bing / referral

Since Bing is a search engine, one would expect all traffic to a website coming from to funnel directly into Bing / organic, but as of mid-July that’s not the case.


Bing says the you see in your analytics dashboard might be related to their HTTPS migration.

Duane Forrester Sr. Product Manager at Bing says, “While this change may impact marketers and webmasters, we believe that providing a more secure search experience for our users is important. With this change, you will still be able to see Bing as the origin (referrer) of the encrypted traffic, though analytics tools you are using to analyze your traffic generally have their own, proprietary way of including this information in their search reports.”

At the end of the day, expect to see drops in and a rise in as they roll more searchers over encrypted (http://) search.