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Self-referrals and traffic source

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I am using cross-domain tracking for several domains. I included all domains in the referral exclusion list, because a visitor should not trigger multiple sessions when there should only be one.

 

Unfortunately source traffic from the excluded domains is categorized as "direct/none". This makes it impossible to find out which domains refer to one another.

 

How can I configure GTM and/or GA so that the domains show up as source without adding extra sessions?

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Hi,

You need to add these settings in GTM for your analytics tracking tag under More Settings -> Fields to Set:

Field Name: allowLinker, Value: true
Field Name: cookieDomain, Value: auto

You also need to add each domain to the Auto Link Domains field.

https://support.google.com/tagmanager/answer/6164469?hl=en

Hope this helps.

Arnold Majlath, Google Analytics Top Contributor
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Thanks for your answer.

 

I feel ashamed for not setting these two parameters. After almost a year I noticed I forgot to set the allowLinker en cookieDomain parameters in GTM version 2. What are the consequences?

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The proposed solution does not work.

How can I configure GTM and/or GA so that the domains show up as source without adding extra sessions?