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Virtual Pageviews vs Actual Pageviews

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Seems like this should be a simple, straightforward question:

 

Once I have implemented Virtual Pageviews, does this override the actual pageview in GA?

 

I had assumed this would be the case, so as not to cause double counting, but in the Acquisition view I see a mixture of Virtual and what look like fully parameterised URLs indicating that Actual pageviews are registering too.

 

Greatly appreciate any answers for a newbie to the community!

 

Thanks

 

 

 

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Re: Virtual Pageviews vs Actual Pageviews

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Hi,

virtual page view is just an additional page view and it does not override the default one. So in essence when the analytics.js library is ready it will send a pageview if the send command is present - this can happen multiple times but on other events such as element clicks or similar - these events are used as 'triggers' to send virtual page views.

If you send a default page and an additional page view on the same page it will count 2 pageviews in total though if you override the page path each of the pageviews will be assigned to the appropriate page dimension values.

Kind regards,
Zorin
Web analyst @ escapestudio.net