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Setting up a traffic acquisition goal

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Hi there,


We run a company website and a blog at Since these are two "domains", we run two different GA's (whereas our main domain has UA-XXX-1, and the blog has UA-XXX-2).


What I'd be interested in doing is setting up a goal on the main domain's GA that shows when people have entered the site through our blog. On the latter we use UTM tracking parameters, so in theory it would seem very simple to set up:


- If traffic comes from url containing ?utm_source=blog fire off a goal.


Tried setting up some sort of goal in GA's admin settings on the main domain, but there wasn't much to choose from. 


I'm not really sure if this is the way to do this (probably not), or what would be the best way to do this.

If anyone could give me advice, that'd be greatly appreciated!




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Re: Setting up a traffic acquisition goal

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Hi Simon,

you can use an event type goal for this purpose - will need some additional custom coding though. The idea is if document.referrer contains push an event to GA. In addition just makes sure the event itself is fired only after the pageview hit and the event is set to non interaction so that it does not affect bounce rate.

Kind regards,
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