We have recently built a new website with a new domain to replace an old website, and on the advice of our IT guys and web dev team have pointed both oldaddress.com's & newaddress.com's a records to the new website.

Now, they both share the same google analytics code (UA-12345-1) and as such we have two entries in the Google Analytics dashboard. The problem is I'm still fairly novice with GA and as the reports seem VERY similar (~25k pageviews for each domain), are these figures exclusively for that domain?

For example:

oldaddress.com 25,400 pageviews newaddress.com 25,600 pageviews

Does this mean that in total for this website I have 51,000 pageviews.

Hope this is clear enough but let me know if anything needs clarifying. Thanks.

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The way you've set it up, new.com will be marked as duplicate, because old.com had it first. Add a canonical metatag to those sites to indicate the one you want.

If you want to move from old.com to new.com and the urls remain the same, use a 301-header (I suggest in .htaccess, or else php) to show that you permanently moved your content. This will preserve pagerank. If you don't do this, you will have to rebuild all pagerank in the new domain.

  • Thanks, I had a feeling that was the case. 301 redirects are something I'm looking to done very soon. In terms of the page view stats- for internal reporting purposes would the above example in the question interpret as 50k pageviews in total rather than just the 25k?
    – MarcDJay
    Commented Jun 4, 2014 at 7:56
  • You can make something like a sub-code, another code under the same account, that can give you insights on what happends where, but I don;t now the details of that
    – Martijn
    Commented Jun 4, 2014 at 8:27

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