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No hits - redirects problem?

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Hello,

 

I'm using a Vanity URL to bring traffic to my site. The vanity URL 301 redirects to my site with UTM Tags, I made in the UTM Builder. Once traffic arrives to my site, I then have a meta refresh code injection that forwards to another site, to whom I'm driving traffic, but don't have access to.

 

<meta http-equiv="refresh" content="0; URL='http://www.othersite.com'" />

 

On the consumer side, everything works as its supposed to but, the analytics are not reading any sessions. I've been testing for 3 days now, and no luck. There is no traffic neither direct nor source/medium, which is odd because Squarespace is saying I'm getting hits.

 

Is it possible that the my site is redirect so quickly that a session is not record? If so, how much time is needed for a session to be considered?

If not what could be the cause?

 

Any insight would be super helpful! Thank you!

 

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No hits - redirects problem?

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UTM tags are normally stripped by 301 redirects, I would use a http checker to see where the stripping occurs.

 

https://httpstatus.io/

No hits - redirects problem?

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Even if the UTM tags were stripped. I would see some traffic.

 

Current set up:

vanity url --301-->mysite.com+(utmtags)--html redirect--> third party site.

 

It doesn't matter to me if the third party site can see the UTM tags. Even if the Tags were stripped, I should still see direct traffic/referral traffic should I not?

 

My concern is that a visitor on my site isn't there long enough to be considered a session.

 

Could that be the case?

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im assuming the ga tag is on maylsite.com - does the js load before the redirect? 

No hits - redirects problem?

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Absolutely - there is no time for GA to download and update.  Seen this quite a bit in old-school days.  You could change the meta refresh value to 3-4 seconds and leave "redirecting shortly" text.

 

Check the Stackoverflow discussion of a similar situation - http://stackoverflow.com/questions/32691924/how-to-wait-until-tracking-scripts-have-fired-before-red...

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