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How to Monitor Traffic from domains Forwarding to Website?

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Hi,

 

I have a client who has a few domains that are all redirected to his main domain www.site.com. Is there a way that we can monitor the traffic from these other domains in Google Analytics?

 

Thanks!

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Hi Lyndsey,

you may try adding an additional parameter in the redirect setup so when the user lands on domainA.com and is redirected to domainB.com you would add something like domainB.com/#domainA.

If the parameter exists store the value and send it with an event or custom dimension (or both) - this can later on be used for reporting, segments and similar.

Hope it helps!

Kind regards,
Zorin

P.S. do not track this redirect behaviour via UTM tags as you will override campaign attribution inside GA.
Web analyst @ escapestudio.net

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Hi Lindsey,

 

Yes there is a way but you need to ask the person who did the redirects for you.
You have to tag the redirect urls with utm tags.

So if someone visits example.com they'll get redirected as normal to your site, but utm tags are added to the url. See below;

 

 

http://www.site.com/page/?utm_source=example.com&utm_medium=redirect&utm_campaign=domain-redirects

More info on utm tags: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/1033867?hl=en

 

 

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hmm at that's interesting. do you mind telling us more.

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No, do not use UTM tags as it will override the original traffic source.

Kind regards,
Zorin
Web analyst @ escapestudio.net

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Hi Kudakwashe,

seems my original response disappeared. Why not to use UTM parameters:
Scenario 1
User clicks on a link on referral.com and goes to domainA.com which is redirected to domainB.com. By default traffic source will be reported as referral.com.

Scenario 2
User clicks on a link on referral.com and goes to domainA.com which is redirected to domainB.com/?utm_source=domainA.com (and other parameters included). In this case traffic source will report domainA.com so we lose the original referrer.

Hope this explains the issue better.

Kind regards,
Zorin
Web analyst @ escapestudio.net

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For example use a custom dimension to see traffic which is coming from the re-directs.

Example URL: http://www.site.com/#example-com 

var trafficSource = location.hash.substring(1);
ga('send', 'pageview', {
'dimension1': trafficSource
});

 @Zorin Escape is this what you mean?

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Hi, yes in essence this is a non destructive way of tracking redirects. You will definatelly need some if and else in practice so you do not pass every single hash value and use a cookie or session storage to do it once per session.

Kind regards,
Zorin
Web analyst @ escapestudio.net

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Can't I just set dimension scope to session, so that it's set once per season.

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Yes but the issue is then if you send multiple values of the CD inside the session - so yes set the scope to session but at the same time make sure that the value is not overwritten.

Kind regards,
Zorin
Web analyst @ escapestudio.net