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GA - Different domains / cross domain tracking

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Hi,

 

I would like to track the traffic sources to my website and the conversion of my website visitors to e-commerce partner site(external/outbound clicks).

Is cross-domain the best option? What is the difference between this and Offsite Link event?

 

Thanks

 

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Re: GA - Different domains / cross domain tracking

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Hi,

You can set up cross domain tracking only if you're tracking the different domains under the same property.
For tracking outbound links please check the document below:
https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/1136920?hl=en
Let me know if you have questions.

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Re: GA - Different domains / cross domain tracking

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Many thanks Arnold.

So if I need to track visits from my website to external websites, e.g. customer who visited my website, clicked on buy now button and went to an external e-commerce platform, I will need to use out Track outbound links and not cross domain. But if this e-commerce platform was hosting my shopping cart I could use a 3rd party, no?
"3rd party shopping carts
If you use a 3rd party shopping cart, your traffic probably has to leave your domain to complete a purchase, but you can use cross domain tracking to keep track of users as they go through the entire checkout process and move between your domain and the domain that hosts your shopping cart."


Just to clarify, I heard two different expressions Offsite Link event and Outbound links, but I assume they are the same. Could you please confirm?

Many thanks

Re: GA - Different domains / cross domain tracking

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Many thanks Arnold.

So if I need to track visits from my website to external websites, e.g. customer who visited my website, clicked on buy now button and went to an external e-commerce platform, I will need to use out Track outbound links and not cross domain. But if this e-commerce platform was hosting my shopping cart I could use a 3rd party, no?
"3rd party shopping carts
If you use a 3rd party shopping cart, your traffic probably has to leave your domain to complete a purchase, but you can use cross domain tracking to keep track of users as they go through the entire checkout process and move between your domain and the domain that hosts your shopping cart."


Just to clarify, I heard two different expressions Offsite Link event and Outbound links, but I assume they are the same. Could you please confirm?

Many thanks

Re: GA - Different domains / cross domain tracking

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Hi,

Both offsite link and outbound link refer to an external link.

If you have a chance to add your tracking code to the 3rd party shopping cart pages, then you could set up cross domain tracking. Let me know if you have more questions.


Arnold Majlath, Google Analytics Top Contributor
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