Google Analytics IQ Lesson 3: Fundamentals


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A summary of the 3rd block of lessons on Google Analytics by Google's Conversion University.

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Google Analytics IQ Lesson 3: Fundamentals

  1. 1. Google Analytics IQ Lessons 3. Fundamentals 1 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  2. 2. 3.1. Profiles in GA• If you manage analytics for diferent organizations, you’ll want an account for each.• You can create up to 25 analytics accounts per Google username. However, you can be added as an administrator to an unlimited number.• To give others access to your GA, you use the User Manager (from the Analytics Settings). • Inside it you can view the users who currently have access 2 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  3. 3. 3.1. Profiles in GA• There are two types of GA users: • “Administrators” full access and can modify settings. • “Users” only have read access to reports.• If you manage the analytics services for several websites which belong to diferent organizations, the best practice is to create a separate Analytics account for each • If not any Administrators you created on the account would have access to all the reports for all the websites. 3 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  4. 4. 3.1. Profiles in GA• On your Analytics Settings page, you can see a list of the profiles that belong to the account.• Profiles are very flexible -- they are basically just a set of rules that define what data is to be included in the reports: • You’ll have a separate profile for every domain or subdomain. • A profile that tracks only a certain part of a site or that only tracks a certain kind of traffic. • Profiles with diferent set of reports. You could give some users access to one and other users to another.• Each user would only see reports that apply to them. 4 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  5. 5. 3.1. Profiles in GA• A profile consists of settings that define the reports that you see. These include user access, goals, and filter settings (up to 50 profiles /account - you’ll need to be an Administrator to add a new profile.)• You can see the diferent domain tracking in the tracking code number for each profile: • The longer number (Xs), is the GA • Then, “dash 1” and “dash 2” are the property number • Profiles 1 and 2 are tracking the same domain = “duplicate profiles” for containing diferent subsets of data • Profile 3 is tracking another domain (diferent property #) 5 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  6. 6. 3.2. Campaign Tracking & Adwords• GA allows you to track and analyze all of your marketing campaigns. There are two ways to track ad campaigns: • For AdWords campaigns, you should enable keyword autotagging. This allows to automatically populate your reports with detailed AdWords information. (You’ll need to link your AdWords and GA.) • Manually tag links with campaign-identifying information. You may also choose to manually tag AdWords links. (The tags are campaign variables that you append to the end of your URLs.) 6 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  7. 7. 3.2. Campaign Tracking & Adwords• By linking GA to AdWords account, you get advanced reporting that measures performance and ROI for your AdWords campaigns.• Within AdWords, select GA under the Reporting tab to link your accounts (you’ll need administrator privileges in Analytics to link them). If you don’t have a GA account, you’ll be able to create one.• When you link them, you should enable "Destination URL Autotagging” to diferentiate paid ads from SEO and referrals and to see more info in the AdWords section of your Traffic Sources reports.• Your cost data will be applied once you link your accounts. If you dont want cost data imported into a particular profile, you can edit the profile settings. 7 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  8. 8. 3.2. Campaign Tracking & Adwords• Be aware that you can only link one Analytics account to one AdWords account.• For administration purposes, you will want to create a new Analytics account for each AdWords account.• Note that once you have linked them, the time zone in GA will automatically take that of the AdWords Account (if they are diferent). 8 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  9. 9. 3.2. Campaign Tracking & Adwords• Autotagging works by adding a unique id, or g-c-l-i-d, to the end of your destination URLs, which allows Analytics to track and display click details in your reports.• 3rd party redirects and encoded URLs can prevent autotagging from working properly. • Notice that the first query parameter is always preceded with a question mark. Subsequent values are separated using ampersands.• To enable autotagging, select “My Account” > “Account Preferences” > Make sure that the Tracking option reads “yes”. If it says “no”, click the edit link, check the box for “Destination URL Autotagging” > “Save Changes”.• When linking for the first time your AdWords account to Analytics, you’ll be prompted to automatically select “Destination URL Autotagging” and “Cost Data Import”. 9 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  10. 10. 3.2. Campaign Tracking & Adwords• All AdWords cost data from an account will be imported into any profile in which the Apply Cost Data checkbox is selected.• If you dont want cost data imported into a particular profile, you can edit the profile settings. Within the "Edit Profile Information" screen, find the "Apply Cost Data" checkbox.• Make sure both your AdWords and Analytics accounts are set to the same currency so that ROI data is accurately calculated.• And finally, note that Google Analytics is only able to import cost data from AdWords, and not from other ad networks. 10 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  11. 11. 3.2. Campaign Tracking & Adwords• You may notice diferences between the data in GA and AdWords: • AdWords tracks clicks, while Analytics tracks visits. • Some visitors who click may have JavaScript, cookies, or images turned of, so Analytics wont report these visits, but AdWords will report the click. • Maybe the GA Tracking Code on your landing page doesn’t execute. • Google AdWords automatically filters invalid clicks from your reports, Google Analytics will still report the visits. • AdWords data is uploaded once a day to Analytics so the results for each may be temporarily out of sync. • Campaign data can be lost if your site uses redirects. As a result, Analytics won’t show the visits as coming from AdWords, but your AdWords report will still report the clicks. 11 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  12. 12. 3.2. Campaign Tracking & Adwords• GA automatically tracks all of referrals and searches that send you traffic.• However, if you are running ad campaigns, you should add tags to the destination URLs of your ads.• If you manually tag your AdWords ads, the reports will only show you information by Campaign and Keyword.• If you enable auto-tagging, you’ll see much more detail. The AdWords reports will show you results by ad group, matched search query, placement domain and many other AdWords attributes. 12 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  13. 13. 3.2. Campaign Tracking & Adwords• To tag a URL, you add ‘?’ to the end, followed by your tag. The variables and values are listed as pairs separated by ‘=’ and each pair is separated by ‘&’. There are five variables you can use when tagging URLs: 13 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  14. 14. 3.2. Campaign Tracking & Adwords• Let’s look at where information from each of the tags shows up in your reports: • Source: All Traffic Sources report. This report will include not only all the sources you tagged, but also sources like “direct” and website names. • Medium: You can see also see traffic by medium in the All Traffic Sources report. In addition to all the mediums you tagged, you’ll also see mediums such as “referral” and “organic”. • Campaign: will appear in the Campaigns report. • Term: Keywords report. • Content: Ad Versions report.• You can also segment on any of these variables. 14 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  15. 15. 3.2. Campaign Tracking & Adwords• You can use the URL Builder in the Google Analytics Help Center to construct your URLs: • You enter in the destination URL and the values for each campaign variable. • The URL builder can only construct one URL at a time.• If you have many URLs to tag, you can use spreadsheets to automate the process: • Generate a sample URL in the URL Builder and create a simple spreadsheet formula. 15 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  16. 16. 3.3. Analysis focus - Adwords• The Adwords Report gives you post click performance for your traffic from Adwords so you can see what happened afer visitors clicked on your ad. You can review usage metrics, goal conversions, e-commerce activity, ROI… Others: • Impressions: number of times your ad was displayed • CTR: clicks/impressions • Revenue per click, ROI and margin help you assess keyword keyword profitability. • If RPC are 0 and ROI -100% it is because you have 0 revenue, make sure you’ve set goal values and enabled e-commerce tracking. • Before you delete negative ROI consider if you have enough data (too short time ranges?) 16 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  17. 17. 3.3. Analysis focus - Adwords• The Adwords Report organises data according to campaign, ad group and keyword. Click on any of them to see the drilldown – all metrics are available at each level.• You can also organise according to a variety of Adwords dimensions (match type, etc) – only available with autotagging.• Use Day Parts Report to find out which times of day your campaign is most efective.• Destination URLs Report which URLs received traffic from Adwords, so you can see which one performed better.• Overview gives you shortcut links to common used analysis.• To find our which placements work best, look on overview and navigate to the Placement Report.• Keyword Position reports tells you how ad position afected your keywords performance.• Use the TV Campaigns Report to track your TV campaign with time, type of audience and program you targeted. 17 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  18. 18. 3.4. Goals and Funnels• Defining site goals and tracking goal conversions assesses how well your site meets its business objectives.• A goal represents an activity or a level of interaction with your website that’s important to the success of your business.• There are three types of goals in GA: • A URL Destination goal is a page that visitors see once they have completed an activity • A Time on Site goal is a time threshold that you define. When a visitor spends more or less time on your site than the threshold you specify, a conversion is triggered. • A Pages per Visit goal allows you to define a pages viewed threshold. When a visitor views more pages --or fewer pages --than the threshold youve set, a conversion is triggered.• For each URL Destination goal you can also define a funnel = the set of steps, or pages, that you expect visitors to visit on their way to complete the conversion.• Defining a funnel is valuable because it allows you to see where visitors enter and exit the conversion process. 18 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  19. 19. 3.4. Goals and Funnels• To set up a goal: Settings page and edit the the profile for which you want to configure it. Then look for the “Goals” section.• You can create up to 4 sets of 5 goals each.• To define a URL Destination Goal: • You don’t have to enter the entire URL, simply enter the request URI (what comes afer the domain or hostname). • You can also enter a name for the Goal (it will appear in your conversion reports).• Defining a funnel is optional: add the URLs (or URIs) of the pages leading up to the goal URL and provide a name for each step in the funnel• The match type defines how Google Analytics identifies a goal or funnel step. Three types: • “Head Match” is the default. The URL of the page visited must match what you enter for the Goal URL, but if there is any additional data at the end of their URL then the goal will still be counted. For example, some websites append a product ID or a visitor ID or some other parameter to the end of the URL. Head Match will ignore these. • “Exact Match” means that the URL of the page visited must exactly match what you enter for the Goal URL. Exact Match can only be used to match one single page. • “Regular Expression Match” gives you the most fexibility. For example, if you want to count any sign-up page as a goal, and sign-up pages can occur in various subdirectories, you can create a regular expression that will match any sign-up page in any subdirectory.• Check “Case Sensitive” if you want the URLs you entered into your goal and funnel to exactly match the capitalization of visited URLs. 19 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  20. 20. 3.4. Goals and Funnels• Threshold goals (Time on Site and Pages per Visit) are useful for measuring site engagement, whereas URL Destination goals are best for measuring how frequently a specific activity has been completed.• “Goal Value” allows you to specify a monetary value for goal. You should only do this for non-ecommerce goals. • GA will be able to calculate metrics like average per-visit-value and ROI. These metrics will help you measure the monetary value of a non-ecommerce site.• There is an important diference between goal conversions and e- commerce transactions: a goal conversion happens once during a visit, but an e-commerce transaction can occur multiple times during a visit.• If you are using a filter that manipulates the Request URI, make sure that your URL Destination goal is defined so that it refects the changed Request URI field. 20 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  21. 21. 3.4. Goals and Funnels• If you define a funnel for a goal, you have the Funnel Visualization report: • Lef: how visitors entered. Right: where they leave and go. • The middle shows you how visitors progress, how many of them continue on to each step. • The Reverse Goal Path report (available with or without funnel) lists the navigation paths that visitors took to arrive at a goal page and shows you the number of conversions in each path. • This is a great report for identifying funnels that you hadn’t considered before and it can give you great ideas for designing a more efective site. 21 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  22. 22. 3.5. Filters• Google Analytics filters provide you with an extremely fexible way of defining what data is included in your reports.• You can use the Filter manager to create new filters, to edit their settings, and to delete them. To apply filters to a profile, you edit the profile.• Filters process your raw traffic data based on the filter specifications. The filtered data is then sent to the respective profile. Once data has been passed through a filter, Google cannot re-process the raw data.• You can set up filters from the Analytics Settings page: • Begin by editing the profile. Then, under “Filters Applied to Profile”, click “Add Filter”. • Now you have two options: add a new filter or apply an existing filter. • To create a new filter you will need to complete several fields, including the filter name and type. • If you elect to create a custom filter, you will need to complete several additional fields. 22 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  23. 23. 3.5. Filters• GA provides 3 predefined filters: • “Exclude all traffic from a domain”: GA will apply a reverse lookup with each visitor’s IP address to determine if the visitor is coming in from a domain that should be filtered out. Domains usually represent the ISP of your visitor although larger companies generally have their IP addresses mapped to their domain name. • “Exclude all traffic from an IP address”, removes traffic from addresses entered into the IP address field. This filter is generally used to exclude your internal company traffic. • “Include only traffic to a subdirectory”, causes your profile to only report traffic to a specified directory on your site. This is typically used on a profile that is created to track one part of a website. 23 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  24. 24. 3.5. Filters• In addition you can also create custom filters. To create a custom filter, select “Custom filter” from the “Filter Type” drop-down. Each custom filter has three main parts: • “Filter Types”. There are six filter types available and each one serves a specific purpose. • “Filter Field”. There are numerous fields you can use to create your filter (Eg.: Request URI, Visitor Country…). Complete list of fields can be in the Analytics Help Center. • “Filter Pattern”. This is the text string that is used to attempt to match pageview data. The pattern that you provide is applied to the field and, if it matches any part of the field, it returns a positive result and causes an action to occur. You’ll need to use POSIX Regular Expressions to create the filter pattern. 24 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  25. 25. 3.5. Filters• Filter types: • Exclude and Include filters are the most common. They allow you to segment your data in many diferent ways. They’re frequently used to filter out or filter in traffic from a particular state or country. • Lowercase and Uppercase filters do not require a filter pattern, only a filter field. They are very useful for consolidating line items in a report when the only diference between the multiple entries is that sometimes the URL or keyword appears with a diferent combination of upper/lowercase letters. • Search and Replace filters replace one piece of data with another. They are ofen used to replace long URL strings with a shorter string that is easier to read and identify. • You can use Advanced filters to remove unnecessary data, replace one field with another, or combine elements from multiple filter fields. 25 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  26. 26. 3.5. Filters• You can track and segment multiple sites from the same Analytics account, using the same JavaScript code. And once you’ve defined a filter, you can apply it to a single profile or across several profiles.• By setting up multiple profiles and applying filters creatively to each of them, you have a great deal of reporting and analysis fexibility.• Again, you use the Filter manager to create and manage filters. To apply filters to a profile, you edit the profile.• You can also use profiles and filters together to create customized data views. Remember, you always want to maintain a profile that contains all of your data. 26 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  27. 27. 3.5. Filters• If your subdomains are totally separate businesses, and you don’t need cumulative traffic, then you could simply create a unique profile for each. – To do this, you’d install the “dash 1” version of your tracking code on your Subdomain A pages, and the “dash 2” version of your tracking code on your Subdomain B pages.• If you want to analyze the traffic aggregated across both, you could set up at 3 duplicate profiles. Then, you’d apply an Include filter to two of them:• In this scenario, you’d install identical tracking code on every page of the site regardless of subdomain. 27 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  28. 28. 3.5. Filters• You can apply multiple include and exclude filters to a single profile, but keep in mind that when more than one filter is applied, the filters will be executed in the same order that they are listed in your Profile Settings.• If you drive traffic from AdWords to multiple sites, each of which is tracked in a separate Analytics profile, you’ll need to apply a filter to each site’s profile. Because, when you apply cost data from an AdWords account, data from the entire account is applied to each profile - Google Analytics doesn’t automatically match campaigns to specific profiles. 28 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  29. 29. 3.6. Regex• A regular expression is a set of characters and metacharacters that are used to match text in a specified pattern. You can use regular expressions to configure fexible goals and powerful filters. • For example, if you want to filter out a range of IP addresses.• Metacharacters are characters that have special meanings in regex.1.) DOT 29 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  30. 30. 3.6. Regex2.) BACKSLASH 30 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  31. 31. 3.6. Regex3.) RANGES AND CHARACTER SETS 31 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  32. 32. 3.6. Regex4.) QUANTIFIERS AND REPETITION 32 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  33. 33. 3.6. Regex5.) GROUPING 33 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  34. 34. 3.6. Regex6.) ANCHORS 34 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  35. 35. 3.6. Regex7.) SHORTHANDS AND CHARACTER CLASSES 35 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  36. 36. 3.6. RegexThere are several common uses for regex within GA: 36 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  37. 37. 3.7. Cookies• Some web sites store information about you or your computer in a small file called a cookie, stored on your hard drive. There are 2 types: • First-party: set by the domain being visited. Only the web site that created a first-party cookie can read it. This is the kind of cookie used for Google Analytics tracking. • Third-party cookies are set by third party sites.• Users can choose whether to allow some, none, or all types on their computers. If a user does not allow cookies at all, they may not be able to view some Web sites or take advantage of customization features.• Sites that run GA issue first party cookies that allow the site to uniquely, but anonymously, identify individual visitors. 37 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  38. 38. 3.7. Cookies• Cookies can be set with or without an expiration date: • Persistent cookies have an expiration date, and remain on your computer even when you close your browser or shut down. On return visits, persistent cookies can be read by the web site that created them. • Temporary cookies do not have an expiration date, as they are only stored for the duration of your current browser session.• Many kinds of sites require that visitors have cookies enabled: • to login to many online shopping carts and to use web mail.• First party cookies (GA’s) are allowed by a majority of visitors.• Cookie tracking makes it possible to correlate shopping cart transactions with search campaign information, and perform other visitor analysis.• Remember -- websites only have access to the information that you provide. Webs can’t access to any information on your computer unless you provide it. And since GA only uses first party cookies, GA cookies can only be read by the website that created them. 38 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  39. 39. 3.7. Cookies• Google Analytics sets five first-party cookies:• The __utmv cookie is optional, and will only be set if the _setVar() method is called (explained later)• All are persistent except __utmc cookie.• All cookies are browser-specific. 39 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  40. 40. 3.7. Cookies__utma – visitor identifier 40 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  41. 41. 3.7. Cookies__utmb and __utmc – Session Identifiers•The content of the __utmc cookie is simply the domain hash. The content ofthe __utmb cookie will also be the domain hash plus, if the site is using ga.js,some additional values.•Key diference: __utmb is persistent, expiring 30 minutes afer it is created.__utmc is temporary. • Each time the visitor navigates to a new page and the JavaScript in the GA Tracking Code is executed, the __utmb cookie is refreshed and set to expire in 30 minutes. As long as the visitor remains active on the site, the session remains active. • If the visitor stays on a page for more than 30 minutes, the __utmb cookie will be destroyed. The next time the visitor loads a page, a new __utmb cookie is created and, so this is a new session. • So, why is the __utmc cookie needed? If a visitor quits and starts the browser and comes back right away to the same site. Since the __utmc cookie was destroyed, Google Analytics will know that this is a new session.Note that it is possible to adjust this behavior customizing the GA Trackingcode, you can make the session timeout length anything you want. 41 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  42. 42. 3.7. Cookies__utmz – Campaign Cookie•It stores the campaign tracking values that are passed via tagged campaign URLs (utm_source, utm_medium,and utm_campaign) and will show up in your All Traffic Sources report.•Preceding the campaign tracking values, you will see four numbers: – domain hash – Timestamp – “session number”: increments for every session during which the campaign cookie gets overwritten. – “campaign number”: increments every time you arrive at the site via a diferent campaign or organic search, even if it is within the same session.•The __utmz cookie has a six month timeout, meaning that a visit will be attributed to a particular campaignfor up to six months, or until the __utmz cookie is overwritten with another value. 42 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  43. 43. 3.7. Cookies__utmz – Campaign Values 43 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  44. 44. 3.7. Cookies 44 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  45. 45. 3.8. E-Commerce• If your site sells products or services online, you can use GA to track sales activity and performance.• The Ecommerce reports show you your site’s transactions, revenue, and many other commerce-related metrics. . – the products that were purchased from your online store – your sales revenue – your e-commerce conversion rate, and – the number of times people visited your site before purchasing• E-commerce metrics are also available on the Ecommerce tab which appears in many reports.• In order to use e-commerce reporting, you’ll need to do three things: 1) Enable e-commerce reporting within your Analytics website profile. 2) Add or make sure that you’ve added the GA Tracking Code to your receipt page 3) You’ll need to add some additional e-commerce tracking code to your receipt page so that you can capture the details of each transaction => See next slide! 45 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  46. 46. 3.8. E-Commerce 46 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  47. 47. 3.8. E-Commerce_addTrans() – Creating the transaction•Your code will need to dynamically retrieve the values from your merchant sofware topopulate these fields. You can type single-quote single-quote to leave an optional fieldblank, but note that Order ID and Total are required. 47 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  48. 48. 3.8. E-Commerce_addItem() – Providing Product Details•As with _addTrans(), you can leave only some of the fields blank.Your code will need to dynamicallyretrieve the values from your merchant sofware to populate these fields. You can type single-quotesingle-quote to leave an optional field blank, but note that Order ID and Total are required (use thesame Order ID that you used in the previous step) 48 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  49. 49. 3.8. E-Commerce_trackTrans() – Recording the Transaction•This happens to send the transaction information to Google Analytics.•Remember that all of the e-commerce code must appear afer the Google Analytics Tracking Code calls_trackPageview(). 49 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  50. 50. 3.8. E-Commerce• Generally, you’ll be placing ecommerce tracking code on a secure shopping cart page. • The standard GA Tracking Code automatically detects when an https protocol is being used. • So you won’t need to add any special tracking code for secure pages.• For many e-commerce websites, the checkout process occurs on a separate domain or subdomain. • you’ll need to add some code to some of your pages so that you can track activity across domains and subdomains. • The specific methods you’ll use are listed here (more on it in the module on tracking domains and subdomains) 50 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  51. 51. 3.9. Revenue• The Goal Conversion tab displays a metric called Per Visit Goal Value. It is calculated based on the goal values that you set.• The Ecommerce tab displays three revenue related metrics: Revenue, Average Value, and Per Visit Value . • The diference: Per Visit Value is calculated using e-commerce revenue. Per Visit Goal Value is calculated using static goal values.• There are a few places where Goal Value and Ecommerce Revenue are summed: – On the Clicks tab, the Revenue per Click, ROI, and Margin are based on the sum total of Goal Values and Ecommerce Revenue. – In the Content reports, the $ Index metric is also based on the sum total of Goal Value and Ecommerce Revenue (see next) 51 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  52. 52. 3.9. Revenue• The $ Index metric appears in most of the Content reports and it allows you to identify the pages that have the most impact on site profitability.• The calculation for $ Index assigns the highest values to pages that are frequently viewed prior to high value conversions or transactions. 52 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  53. 53. 3.9. Revenue• $ Index uses unique pageviews. This means that a page is only counted once per visit, even if a person views the page multiple times before converting.• Also, only pageviews that precede the conversion or transaction are counted.• If you aren’t tracking ecommerce revenue in Google Analytics and you haven’t assigned values to your goals, all of your $ Index values will be zero.• Finally, $ Index is most useful as a point of comparison or a ranking metric, not as a standalone number. It’s designed to help you identify the pages on your site that are most valuable. 53 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  54. 54. 3.10. Domains and Subdomains• A domain is a hostname that represents a numeric IP address on the internet. It allows us to easily identify a website by a name instead of having to use a long string of numbers.• You may sometimes need to track activity across multiple domains: if a session spans multiple domains, it would not be possible to track the session as a single visit attributed to one visitor. So, you’ll need a way of sharing the cookie information between the two domains.• Using the _link() method, allows GA Analytics to track a user across multiple domains by sending cookies via URL parameters (2 steps) 54 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  55. 55. 3.10. Domains and Subdomains• To track across domains, you’ll need to follow two steps.1) Add a few lines to the GATC on all pages of each site: Call _setDomainName() with an argument of “none”. call _setAllowLinker() with an argument of “true”. 55 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  56. 56. 3.10. Domains and Subdomains2) Update all links from to (following example)and vice versa using _link(). Now, when a user clicks on a link that takes themto the other domain, the session information is preserved and the user isidentified as being the same visitor across both domains. 56 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  57. 57. 3.10. Domains and SubdomainsIf you use a form to transfer your visitors from one domain to another, youwill need to use the _linkByPost() method instead of the _link() method. • This situation occurs most ofen with third party shopping carts, to send cookie data to other domains in pop-ups or iFrames.To use forms to transfer from one domain to another, you must modify allthe appropriate forms with the code.The _linkByPost() method will change the form action by adding query-stringparameters to the value in the action attribute when the visitor submits theform. 57 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  58. 58. 3.10. Domains and Subdomains• You may also sometimes need to track across multiple subdomains. A subdomain is part of a larger domain and frequently each subdomain contains the pages for a specific department or ofering.• As with multiple domains, you need to explicitly share the cookie information between subdomains or you’ll lose session information. If you don’t share cookie information between your subdomains, it may appear as though your own site is a referrer since only one domain is recognized as the main domain. 58 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  59. 59. 3.10. Domains and Subdomains• To track across multiple subdomains, call _setDomainName() and specify your parent domain name as the argument. This will allow the GATC to use the same cookies across the subdomains.• A side efect of using this method is that your reports may not diferentiate between visits to identically named pages within the various subdomains.• You can prevent this with 2 best practices:1) Create separate profiles for each subdomain. This way, you’ll be able to see reports for each subdomain. – Set up duplicate profiles - one master profile, plus one profile for each subdomain. 59 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  60. 60. 3.10. Domains and Subdomains2) If you track several subdomains within one profile, your reports may notdiferentiate between visits to identically named pages within the varioussubdomains: – This is because the reports only show the Request URI. The hostname is stored in the Hostname data field in GA. – So, once you’ve called _setDomainName() to set your primary domain name, visits to both subdomains will be interpreted as the same page.• To correct this, you can set up an advanced filter to include the subdomain in your reports as shown: 60 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  61. 61. 3.10. Domains and Subdomains 61 Based on Google’s Conversion University
  62. 62. 3.10. Domains and Subdomains 62 Based on Google’s Conversion University
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