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Cross-Domain tracking: If user visits A then B, will B "see" _Source for A?

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We have Cross Domain tracking for sites A and B.

 

If the user Visits A with utm_source=Source1 then later visits B, will the visit to B show Source=Source1?

 

I am thinking the answer is no from preliminary testing, but wanted to confirm.

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Cross-Domain tracking: If user visits A then B, will B "see" _Source for A?

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Hi,

 

It depends. If you've added both sites to the referral exclusion list and you've configured cross-domain tracking properly and a user goes from site A to site B through the link, a session will continue and nothing happens. 

 

In addition, if a user visits site A and 2 hours later he/she goes to site B directly, you'll still see Source1 as a source in Google Analytics.

 

Basically, if you've implemented cross-domain tracking properly, Google Analytics takes site A and site B as one website.

 

Hope this helps.

Taavi

 

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Hi,

 

It depends. If you've added both sites to the referral exclusion list and you've configured cross-domain tracking properly and a user goes from site A to site B through the link, a session will continue and nothing happens. 

 

In addition, if a user visits site A and 2 hours later he/she goes to site B directly, you'll still see Source1 as a source in Google Analytics.

 

Basically, if you've implemented cross-domain tracking properly, Google Analytics takes site A and site B as one website.

 

Hope this helps.

Taavi

 

Re: Cross-Domain tracking: If user visits A then B, will B "see" _Source for A?

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Thanks!

 

Followup:

 

I do have Sites A & B set up as you mentioned. (They are both in the Referral Exclusion list).

 

Why do I need (as gAanalytics suggests) to  modify hyper links from A> B and B>A to have the ga identifier?

 

 

Cross-Domain tracking: If user visits A then B, will B "see" _Source for A?

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What do you mean by that? Haven't seen this kind of suggestions before. Could you share a link or copy this text from the support page? Smiley Happy

 

Taavi