I'm trying to get an event to be tracked (user registration) as a goal. I DON'T want it to be tracked by an onclick, I want it to be tracked once a PHP event is finished. Here is my code:

<script type="text/javascript">
   var _gaq = _gaq || [];
   _gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'SignUp', 'Registered', 'User Registered']);

The regular Google Analytics Code is in the footer just before the / body. On the register page that code is being triggered in the middle of the page.

But the completed goals aren't showing up in Google Analytics, any idea why?

Note: PHP simplified since it doesn't really pertain to this question.

  • Does your event code come before or after the regular GA code? May 1, 2012 at 14:52
  • It comes before, does it have to come after? The way the PHP document is structured it would be very difficult to make the code come after
    – Talon
    May 1, 2012 at 21:05

1 Answer 1


Try removing var _gaq = _gaq || []; - this line is obliterating your existing Google Analytics object and Events cannot be tracked without a call to trackPageView.

Edit: PHP Code Sample

Sorry, I missed the fact that your GA.js snippet appears after your Event tracking snippet - here is a solution which should resolve the issue:

<?php // start of document
    $analytics_addition = "_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'SignUp', 'Registered', 'User Registered']);";

      your regular HTML output

<!-- ga.js snippet -->
<script type="text/javascript">
    var _gaq = _gaq || [];
    _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-XXXXX-X']);
    // append event tracking 
    if ( @isset($analytics_addition) && $analytics_addition )
      echo $analytics_addition;
    (function() {
      var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true;
      ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js';
      var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s);
<!-- eof ga.js snippet -->
  • I tried it without that code at the top before I tried this and it still didn't work. The _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); is at the bottom of the HTML document.
    – Talon
    May 1, 2012 at 21:03
  • Ah, then your Google Analytics object doesn't exist yet at all - in which case the GA.js snippet's variable declaration is obliterating the _gaq object (which is probably throwing a script error) - your best bet would be to write the Event push to a PHP variable and echo the PHP variable within your GA.js snippet. (added example)
    – danlefree
    May 1, 2012 at 22:53
  • Good idea, I did something similar, I set a variable to true and then at the bottom of the analytics page I added the script if the variable was true, but your method is more readable so I think i'll do that in the future.
    – Talon
    May 2, 2012 at 2:37

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