I've been trying to track clicks on external links on my website using the events tracking method.

So I've got my Google Analytics code setup before body ends as shown below (note: quotes have been entitied by blogger, but it works fine):

<script type='text/javascript'>

          var _gaq = _gaq || [];
          _gaq.push([&#39;_setAccount&#39;, &#39;UA-XXXXXXX-X#39;]);

          (function() {
            var ga = document.createElement(&#39;script&#39;); ga.type = &#39;text/javascript&#39;; ga.async = true;
            ga.src = (&#39;https:&#39; == document.location.protocol ? &#39;https://ssl&#39; : &#39;http://www&#39;) + &#39;.google-analytics.com/ga.js&#39;;
            var s = document.getElementsByTagName(&#39;script&#39;)[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s);


Now I wanted to track a link on the addthis.com follow widget. So there is a link of the type below to which following instructions from here I added the onclick event.

<a addthis:url='http://feeds.feedburner.com/myfeedburnerlurl' onClick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'Subscription Clicks', 'RSS']);" class='addthis_button_rss_follow'/>

I clicked on it a couple of times, left it for over a day now, but nothing shows up in google analytics events. It just says zero events. Here's a screenshot of the events page on GA:

GA events page

Could anybody help me? Am I doing anything wrong?

  • have you searched SO? stackoverflow.com/questions/2329566/…
    – NDBoost
    Commented Jun 15, 2012 at 13:43
  • first answer is for older GA versions in that thread, second answers is basically what I am doing, with no results. Besides, no answers on that thread has been accepted as valid, so what thread?
    – the_archer
    Commented Jun 15, 2012 at 13:59
  • How, specifically, did you add the code: Did you add this in the original template/code of the widget? Did you add the onClick-event by your own JS code after page initialization?
    – initall
    Commented Oct 14, 2012 at 21:01

3 Answers 3


You shouldn't have to make changes to your ga tracking snippet, it looks like it has some characters in there that don't belong. I would get a fresh copy from your Google Analytics profile and replace the one on your site

The Google Analytics code I use is below which looks like you're as well. It could be your tracking snippet. I would also verify by placing the event tracking on a standard though the one below works on input form fields as well so it shouldn't matter

onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'Site wide', 'View Cart', 'Top right link']);


If you are using Google Chrome, you can install the GA Debug Extension. With its help you can see all events that get fired from your website in the Developer Tools Console. This helps you to track down where this error might come from.


It's odd to see 0 events here. But assuming you loaded the analytics script correctly... you have three decent options:

1) use onmousedown instead of onclick. This will get you more events but is still not perfect.

2) add a target attribute to your links so the current document doesn't get blown away before the tracking gif can be sent (e.g. ...). This will get you all the events but sometimes loading in another window is undesirable.

3) use hitCallback to be notified when the event has been sent to Google. e.g.

<a onclick="return track('http://example.com');" href="http://example.com">

function track(destination) {
  var redirect = function(){ window.location = destination; };
  _gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound', destination]);
  setTimeout(redirect, 1000); // In case GA fails (trust me, it will eventually)
  return false;

I've found that option #2 is the best way to get the most events. But in practice, I use #3 the most.

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