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Excluding Self Referrals for Multiple Domains (not Sub-Domains)

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 Hi,

 

The Situation

This is our company's main domain: company.com. We recently launched: company.cn. All conversions take place in company.com. The site company.cn is purely to generate traffic towards company.com.  

 

The Challenge 

  1. Correctly attribute conversions to company.cn. For which we have already implemented the cross-domain traffic code.
  2. Analyze company.cn' acquisition/behavior performance in its own GA View 

The Doubts

  • Should we exclude both domains in the Exclude Self Referrals or just the .cn site?
  • company.cn: its GA View has been created, it already has the UA account code in it and no data is streaming into its View. But maybe it has no traffic, right? In company.com's GA we see that company.cn is generating traffic towards company.com.

Thanks for the help!

 

 

 

 

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Re: Excluding Self Referrals for Multiple Domains (not Sub-Domains)

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Hi Ricardo,

 

1) Both domains should be added to the referral exclusion list.

2) Cross-domain tracking only works when you want to see two domains show up on one report and it means that you need to use exactly the same UA code on both websites.

 

You can use a separate view for each domain if you want. If you'd like to see only company.cn in a specific view, you should create a hostname filter. It looks like this:

 

  • Filter Name: Include company.cn Only
  • Filter Type: Custom > Include
  • Filter Field: Hostname
  • Filter Pattern: ^(www\.)?company\.cn$
  • Apply the filter to company.cn Only View

Here you can read more about cross-domain tracking: https://www.en.advertisercommunity.com/t5/Google-Analytics-Reports/Different-cases-for-cross-domain-...

 

Hope this helps. Let us know how it goes.

Taavi

 

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Hi Ricardo,

 

1) Both domains should be added to the referral exclusion list.

2) Cross-domain tracking only works when you want to see two domains show up on one report and it means that you need to use exactly the same UA code on both websites.

 

You can use a separate view for each domain if you want. If you'd like to see only company.cn in a specific view, you should create a hostname filter. It looks like this:

 

  • Filter Name: Include company.cn Only
  • Filter Type: Custom > Include
  • Filter Field: Hostname
  • Filter Pattern: ^(www\.)?company\.cn$
  • Apply the filter to company.cn Only View

Here you can read more about cross-domain tracking: https://www.en.advertisercommunity.com/t5/Google-Analytics-Reports/Different-cases-for-cross-domain-...

 

Hope this helps. Let us know how it goes.

Taavi

 

Excluding Self Referrals for Multiple Domains (not Sub-Domains)

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Thanks a lot Taavi,

 

I have applied the filter as per your suggestion and excluded both referrals. I'll be monitoring the outcome these days.

 

Talk soon!

 

Excluding Self Referrals for Multiple Domains (not Sub-Domains)

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Hi Taavi. it's working. Thanks again!

 

 

 

Excluding Self Referrals for Multiple Domains (not Sub-Domains)

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That's great. I am glad that I could've helped.

 

If you have any other GA related questions in the future, let us know. Gladly help you out. Smiley Happy

 

Cheers,

Taavi