How to Find Out The Real Referring URL – Google Analytics

There is nothing more frustrating than trying to work out which page of a site is the one  actually referring to yours.  Google Analytics tells us the name of the domain, but not the exact referring URL.  There is a filter that can be used to give you what you need.

Field A -> Extract A – Referral  (.*)

Field B -> Extract B – (Leave Blank)

Output To -> Constructor – User Defined $A1

See image to help.

To view, go to visitor reports and select ‘user-defined’

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12 Responses to How to Find Out The Real Referring URL – Google Analytics

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  7. Ela says:

    Did all that but I can’t see in the visitor reports, user-defined section nothing but “(not set)” and “aucun”. If 1,038 visits used 2 user defined values, you have any idea what could be the problem?

  8. admin says:

    Hi Ela,

    The (not set) and presumably (aucun) visits are all the visits that don’t have user-defined values set against them – which for you at the moment will be all of them. If you only added the filter last night, then you may not see the full urls until today. Let me know if you have any further problems.

    Nikki Rae @analyticsgirl

  9. Daniel Peden says:

    Do you find that the majority of these return as (not set) – maybe its just UK sites, but I have a client who is getting traffic for ‘facebook’. None of these organic visits are showing up in this filter.

    Bizarre!

  10. @analyticsgirl says:

    Hi Daniel,

    You found my blog :).
    If the referrer is a keyword, it won’t show using this filter as this is just for referring traffic sources. So a keyterm ‘facebook’ will not show any results. Also, you will see (not set) against any other referrer source e.g. google organic where it is not seen as a referring site by GA.

    Does that make sense?

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