“Yandex.Direct, sites” report

This report contains statistics on sites where your ad is placed via Yandex.Direct. The report helps you evaluate the quality of an advertising campaign, for example, by focusing on the bounce rate.

Statistics are based on registered (valid) clicks, meaning clicks that weren't filtered out by the anti-fraud system in Yandex.Direct.

To view the report: Reports → Standard reports → Sources → Yandex.Direct, sites.

  1. What can the report be used for?
  2. Conditions for getting the report
  3. Report structure and settings
  4. Questions and answers

What can the report be used for?

This report helps you analyze the effectiveness of the sites where your ads are placed. This can be done by examining the relationship of several indicators, such as the number of visitors and the bounce rate. This analysis lets you disable inefficient content sites.

Conditions for getting the report

For a report to be displayed in Yandex.Metrica, perform one or both of these actions on the Campaign parameters page in Yandex.Direct:

Report structure and settings

Data in the report is grouped as follows:
  • Search. Ads are displayed in Yandex search results.
  • Networks. Ads are displayed on thematic sites in the Yandex Advertising Network and external networks. A group is shown in the report if the Yandex.Direct display strategy settings have displays in networks enabled. For more information about display strategies, see Yandex.Direct Help.
The report supports all settings available in Yandex.Metrica.

Questions and answers

How to get statistics on third-party campaigns in Yandex.Direct reports

For statistics to be displayed correctly, go to the Campaign parameters page in Yandex.Direct, fill in the Yandex.Metrica tags box and enable Tag links for Yandex.Metrica.

How to configure ads for correct reports in other web analytics systems
For other web analytics systems to correctly count traffic from ads in Yandex.Direct, configure them in one of the following ways:
Why Yandex.Metrica and Yandex.Direct data differ

Yandex.Direct statistics show clicks that were not filtered out by the fraud protection system (these are called registered clicks). Yandex.Metrica displays the number of sessions by registered click-throughs from ads (“Yandex.Direct” group reports), as well as by unregistered ones (Ad systems report). Learn more about data differences.

Select a question to find a solution.

Check that:

  • The tag ID is specified in the Yandex.Direct campaign settings, and Tag links for Yandex.Metrica is enabled.
  • Tag settings in the Yandex.Metrica interface don't have excessively narrow filters set up on the Filters tab.
  • The tag is installed on all the landing pages. To see data for pages that have the Yandex.Metrica tag installed, go to Reports → Standard reports → Content → Popular. Data is shown if site users visited these pages. To check whether the tag is installed correctly on any of the site pages, see Checking the tag.
  • The site was functioning correctly during the selected report dates.

Yandex: Unknown means that the session that Yandex.Metrica registered couldn't be traced to a specific click on a Yandex.Direct ad. Besides the advertising system itself, the rest of the data couldn't be detected either, including the campaign, keyword, and query.

The reason for Yandex: Unknown appearing in a Yandex.Direct source might be a gap in time between generating the yclid tag and registering the session in Yandex.Metrica. This can happen in the following situations:
  • The user clicked an ad but left the source page open on a browser tab, and later refreshed the page.
  • The user clicked a link from an ad, but then forwarded it to someone else. A repeat visit using this link won't be associated with the click on the Yandex.Direct ad, either.

Make sure that the label is formed correctly. A UTM label has five parameters, presented in any order, separated by ampersands (&):

http://example.com/?utm_source=yandex&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=campaign123&utm_content=ad456&utm_term=keyword
If the page URL already contains parameters, the label should be added after an ampersand (&):
http://example.com/?uid=1234&utm_source=yandex&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=campaign123&utm_content=ad456&utm_term=keyword

In addition, UTM labels might not be counted because:

  • The Yandex.Metrica tag isn't installed on landing pages or is installed incorrectly. Check how the tag is installed.
  • The ad specifies a URL that redirects to a page that doesn't have the Yandex.Metrica tag installed.
  • The ad specifies a URL that redirects to another page, and the UTM labels are lost.
  • The ad specifies an invalid URL that doesn't open a page.

The standard report on UTM labels has a hierarchical structure: utm_source, utm_medium, utm_campaign, utm_content, and utm_term.

If you use every UTM label except utm_content, data for utm_term won't be available in the standard Labels report group report. In order to start showing the labels, remove utm_content from the report.

Label parameters have standardized names: utm_source, utm_medium, utm_campaign, utm_content, and utm_term. You can't change them or create custom names (like utm_keyword or utm_word), because they won't be part of the UTM labels and their data won't be reflected in the “UTM labels” report.

For example:
http://example.com?utm_source=yandex&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign={campaign_id}&utm_keyword={keyword}

where utm_keyword is a custom parameter.

The “UTM labels” report shows information for the utm_source, utm_medium, and utm_campaign parameters. Information for the utm_keyword parameter is only available in the report Standard reports → Content → By URL parameters.


See the reasons why data may differ. If the reasons have been resolved but you still have questions, fill out the form below.