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same site, multiple domains, how to track?

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same site, multiple domains, how to track? metalai 7/20/12 11:38 PM
Hi,

my page is available form 2 domains: www.tauragesmetalas.lt and www.metta.lt
Where i can see in Google analytic what is the website address has been visited?

thank you 
Re: same site, multiple domains, how to track? claudia_k 7/23/12 5:56 AM
Hi there,

The domain of the visited page is stored in the hostname. E.g. go to the pages report and then chose 'Hostname' as secondary dimension - now you will see which pages belong to which domain and the statistics for each.
In general it might be a good idea to set up an additional profile for each domain - just add a custom filter to each of these profile s that says 
'Include' 
Filter field' : 'Hostname' 
Filter pattern: tauragesmetalas\.lt

and for the other profile:
'Include' 
Filter field' : 'Hostname' 
Filter pattern: metta\.lt

This way you have one profile that tracks both together (this is the profile that you currently use) and a separate profiles for each domain.

Good luck

Claudia
Re: same site, multiple domains, how to track? metalai 8/1/12 7:40 AM
Hi again,

somehow i did it :)
second question.
how to make a sitemap for such situation (same page, 2 domains)?

thank you
Re: same site, multiple domains, how to track? claudia_k 8/7/12 2:32 AM
Hi there,

sorry for the late reply - I missed the notification email.
You actually should not have two domains for the same content - search engines might regard this as duplicate content. So you should actually consider to forward one domain to the other, in which case the sitemap question would not really matter because you would have only one domain that is actually used by your visitors.

If by sitemap you mean the sitemaps that you can submit via Google webmaster tools you could simply set up both domains separately in webmaster tools and then submit different sitemaps for each domain. Then Google shoudl sue the respective sitemap for each domain.

If you want to use e.g. a robots.txt to allow auto-discovery of the respective sitemap for each domain (e.g. for the other search engines) then this could be done with some rewrite rules in your htaccess (as long as your server offers this feature). This way you could check which host was requested and deliver either one or the other robots.txt (and thus one other sitemap url). Tell me if you need some more details on that.

Good luck

Claudia



Re: same site, multiple domains, how to track? metalai 8/7/12 2:53 AM
thank you very much for answer.
my new site adress i set up as "domain ponter". i mean source domain is www.metta.lt pints to www.tauragesmetalas.lt
(in tauragesmetalas.lt direct admin console)
and i did two diferent sitemaps for google webmaster tools.
i hope this will be ok for search engine.

Re: same site, multiple domains, how to track? HepapatitiS 8/7/12 10:20 PM
You actually should not have two domains for the same content - search engines might regard this as duplicate content. So you should actually consider to forward one domain to the other, in which case the sitemap question would not really matter because you would have only one domain that is actually used by your visitors. 

Does this mean that the page ranking will decrease when there is a website with duplicate content? 
Re: same site, multiple domains, how to track? claudia_k 8/8/12 12:55 AM
In general it is advised to avoid duplicate content: http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=66359
It does not always mean lower page rank but the risk is there.

There is not just the potential duplicate content issue - your back-links are diluted between the two domains because dome people might link to domain1 and others link to the same page but on domain2. Search engines use backlinks as part of the algorithm to determine how interesting a website is - the more (good) backlinks your website has the better it will rank. But since part of your backlinks might go to domain1 and part go to domain2 each domain on its own might be considered as less important.

Claudia