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Source of traffic to a speciifc page in website

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I want to determine the source of traffic to a specific page in my website.

What I want to determine, exactly, is whether my specific page was referred to from within my website or by a different source. Is it possible to do that with GA?


I tried a couple of ways to do this. I'm a very new user of Analytics and I'm thoroughly puzzled by the results.

 

First, I defined a dashboard with 2 widgets: metric "Sessions" and table "Sessions by Data Source". I included a filter to include just the specific page for both widgets.
The dashboard reports 462 sessions and just one source: 363 sessions from (not set).
What does source (not set) mean?
Why is the source of the other 99 sessions not reported?

 

Second, I went to Acquisition > All Traffic > Source/Medium, specified Secondary Dimension = Page, and set the advanced filter to my specific page.
The report shows a half-dozen sources for a total of only 363 sessions.
Are the other 99 sessions those for which the acquisition is not known?
None of the sources are a referral from my website's home page, which surprises me. The explanation of "Source/Medium" in this report includes, "The Source is the place users are before seeing your content, like a search engine or another website." Is GA reporting the source of traffic to my website, or to the specific page within my website that I specified?

 

 

 



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Re: Source of traffic to a speciifc page in website

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Hello,

let's start from the clean slate:

Go to Behavior -> Site Content -> Landing pages
From there select the page that you are interested in and choose secondary dimension source/medium.

Does this report offer the information you are after?

If you see 'not set' here then there might be some problems but let's solve one thing at a time.

Let me know!

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Re: Source of traffic to a speciifc page in website

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So many ways to view analytics data!

Behavior->Site Content ->Landing Pages yields the same results as
Acquisition->All Traffic->Source/Medium for my page, but is easier for me
to understand from that viewpoint. It reports that my page was the landing
page (from half a dozen sources) for 363 sessions. So my page was *not* the
landing page for the remaining 99 of the total 462 sessions -- can I deduce
that those 99 sessions came from a referral within my website?

Thanks so much for your help, Rising Star!

Re: Source of traffic to a speciifc page in website

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Well every session starts from somewhere, so even if that one page collected most of your entrances the rest 99 should have been landed on some other page, right?

Maybe I misinterpreted your last question...

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Re: Source of traffic to a speciifc page in website

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Right! Just wanted confirmation that my assumption was correct.

Thanks again!