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How to track beyond the redirect? [Google Analytics]

Howdy all - My first post here!

I'm a dev guy, but I've been doing a bit of work for affiliates lately that are tracking conversions via Analytics. However, I'm finding that there are situations where tracking a simple redirect doesn't give me enough information. After a visitor redirects, I don't know if they actually made a purchase/action until later in the week/month when the company reports back to me via (generally) a download. So here's the question I'm hoping you guys have found an answer to:

How do I track beyond the redirect with Google Analytics? I am tracking visitor behavior at a server level and can provide the unique session info back to Analytics after obtaining the conversion report from the affiliate companies. However, I'm just not sure how to report that information back to Analytics (up to a month after the fact) so that the "true" conversions will appear in my Analytics reports.

Any help? Even vague direction would be extremely useful at this point.

Thanks!

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Hi Jeff,

Welcome! Glad you joined the quest for the Holy Grail of affiliate analytics!

https://code.google.com/apis/analyti...eshooting.html
may be of some help. See "The GIF Request Parameters"

In short, it's not an easy question, and even more difficult to debug as GA transaction reporting is not real-time. I've been working on this (on & off) for a few weeks now. It's frustrating, but if you can figure it out, you'll be very popular

Again, good luck!
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Thanks Eric. I'm feverishly trying to figure it all out. Setting up some test environments in the next couple weeks. I'll post back here if I can crack it! In the meantime, I'd love to hear what everyone else is doing.

My ultimate goal (due to different conversion values) is to treat it all as ecommerce analytics. all seems like it would be so basic... I wonder why Google hasn't already done it for us?
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Originally Posted by nucite View Post
all seems like it would be so basic... I wonder why Google hasn't already done it for us?
Because Google hates affiliates

What I've done so far is build a query to http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif and hit that with curl. However, no luck. Again, testing it is difficult as after you hit the gif, you have to wait hours to see if it worked or not.
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