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Added new URL to account. What happens to historical data for old URL?

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Hello,

 

We have added a new URL (same business). The old URL remains in the account. Will I still be able to access the historical data on Google Analytics when the old website no longer exists? Will the historical data always remain?

 

Thanks!

Jessica

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Historical data in Google Analytics will stick around for at least 2 years...if you don't delete the view.
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Good to know, thank you! If I want to keep the data longer, can I download it? Or is there a way to transfer the historical data to the new URL?

As an aside, I am new to GA and have just been assigned this website. I am planning on taking the GA academy course. Do you recommend any other sites or blogs to follow?

Thanks again,
Jessica
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Re: Added new URL to account. What happens to historical data for old URL?

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The GA Academy is the best start.

There is no way to download or transfer data in GA - it is what it is. It may last longer than 2 years -- that's just the standard line. Most people see a lot longer retention.

If you want old data and new data together, keep the same tracking code - just move it to your new website.

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Apologies for the delayed reply. Many thanks again Mike!

Jessica