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How to track visitors leaving by clicking an external link

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Hi all,

Our webpages have pricing for bulk packs. We have links on the pages to external sites where our visitors can buy smaller quantities of these specific goods. I can't figure out whether Analytics already tracks anyone leaving our pages by clicking these links, or how to set up the means to track this.

Can anyone advise?

thanks

martin62

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Re: How to track visitors leaving by clicking an external link

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Hi martin62,

 

I think you need to look into Google analytics multiple domain tracking and get it set up if that's the way you are running the business.

 

This way you'll be able to see data across all your properties more easily

 

Please read this article about tracking multiple domains

 

I hope it helps.

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Re: How to track visitors leaving by clicking an external link

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If you don't control these other sites, then there's not much you can do interms of cross domain tracking.

 

However, what you can do is add an event to the link that visitors click to go to the other site - once you have the event set up you can (if you need to) configure this as a goal.

 

At least you would then be able to track which of your visitors clicked to leave your site from these specific links.

Re: How to track visitors leaving by clicking an external link

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Hi

While purefuzz is right, if you dont control the domains where your users are going after clicking on buttons on your website you should use virtual pageview in google analytics to track each click.

Hope this helps

 

Regards, Nik
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Purefuzz, thanks for taking time to reply. We have no control over these domains so we will adopt the Event Tracking recommendation.
Cheers Martin62

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Steve, thanks for taking time to reply. This sounds ideal - we will get it implemented asap!
cheers Martin62

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Nik, thanks for taking time to reply. We are going with Event Tracking and will look at Virtual Pageview as well.
cheers martin 62