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I am using a different domain for some ads to track how many people access the main site through this domain.

How can I see this in Google Analytics?

I have DOMAIN A (on the ad) redirecting to DOMAIN B (main site).

  • Why use a domain rather than UTM parameters that work well in Google Analytics? GA is notoriously bad at tracking redirects because no JS can run on the redirect. – Stephen Ostermiller Oct 11 at 16:50
  • @StephenOstermiller Because on print advertising I am trying to use a very simple domain name so that people are more likely to access it easily and remember it. Any creative ideas for my problem? – Timur G Oct 12 at 18:09
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You need to change the redirect so that it adds UTM parameters. Instead of:

http://domaina.example/ -> http://domainb.example/

Use the Google Analytics Campaign URL Builder to build your final URL something like:

http://domaina.example/ -> http://domainb.example/?utm_source=the-global-times&utm_medium=print&utm_campaign=2019-push

That way your customers will be able to type in the simple short URL and Google Analytics will get the data it needs to track your campaign.

  • That's a fantastic and simple explanation. Thank you! – Timur G Oct 16 at 17:50

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