How to Find Hidden Social Media Referral Traffic With Google Analytics

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Do you know where all of your social traffic is coming from?

Want more detailed information on social media referral traffic?

The Google Analytics’ Social Network Referrals report gives you a top-level snapshot of social media referral traffic, but it may not show you everything.

In this article you’ll discover how to create custom URLs to find what is called dark social media traffic.

What Is Dark Social Media?

Dark social media traffic is referred to your site when you post a direct link to your content on a social media network and that link is clicked outside of the network.

For example, dark social media traffic happens when you post a link to Facebook and someone clicks on it from within a mobile dashboard app such as TweetDeck, or when someone copies that link and shares it via email or a text message.

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Find out how to track hidden social media traffic in Google Analytics.

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How to Use Google Analytics to Improve Your Social Media Marketing

social media how toHave you ever wanted to know which of your links are driving more traffic?

Seeing referral traffic from Facebook is great, but which wall post drove the traffic?

Do visitors who come from Twitter tend to spend more time on the site than visitors coming from a banner campaign?

This article shows you how to take your social analytics strategy to the next level.

About Google Analytics Custom Campaigns

You can assign a custom campaign tag to the links you share on social networking sites. This enables you to fully use Google Analytics to gain valuable insights into how well your various social networking site presences are working for you.

Google Analytics makes custom campaigns incredibly easy to work with. By using their Custom URL Builder, you can create specific links for each of your campaigns and use these to share online.

Google Analytics can then give you much more information based on how people use your custom links. And you can use this information to gain a better understanding of your referral traffic and adjust your social media marketing for optimum results.

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Google Analytics not only lets you measure sales and conversions, but also gives you fresh insights into how visitors use your site, how they arrived on your site and how you can keep them coming back.

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