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How can a site refer more sessions than it receives?

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We're tracking several different sites, each with its own GA tracking code. (One is the organization's main site; the others are blogs that are each tracked separately.) The sites refer traffic back and forth to one another.

 

When I look at the referrer data, I'm seeing some numbers I can't make sense of. The number of sessions on Site A that were referred from Site B exceeds Site B's total sessions. How can Site B generate more referrals than its total sessions?

 

E.g. Site B's total sessions = 30,000. Site A's sessions with Site B as the referral path = 50,000.

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I'm going to partially answer my own question. I have a feeling this issue relates to improper cross-domain tracking.

Here's an article I found helpful: https://www.digitalgov.gov/2015/08/26/analytics-pitfall-avoid-this-common-implementation-mistake/