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  • How to Monitor Clicks and Date for Outbound Links in GA4

    Posted by Jackson on 21 December 2022 at 10:02 am

    Hey there, I hope this message finds you well. I’m trying to monitor outbound links using GA4 and I’m curious to see how many folks are clicking on ‘/cgi-bin/abdl.cgi?abc.com’. Also, I’d love to know which day they’re doing this. Could you lend a hand?

    Alex replied 11 months, 1 week ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Elijah

    Member
    22 December 2022 at 8:08 am

    Absolutely, I can guide you on how to accomplish this with Google Analytics 4 (GA4). You’ll want to create an event that triggers when someone clicks on that specific link.

    Firstly, you’ll go to your GA4 property and select ‘Configure’ in the bottom left, then click on ‘Events’. After that, click ‘Create Event’ and give it a clear name like ‘Outbound Click’. Next, select ‘Add condition’ and in the parameter name, put ‘page_location’ and for match type, select ‘contains’ and finally in the value string, put ‘/cgi-bin/abdl.cgi?abc.com’, this tells GA4 to fire this event when that specific link is clicked.

    Once you’ve created this event, you can then go back to your main dashboard and go to ‘Engagement’, then ‘Events’. Here you should see the event you created and when you click on it, you can see data such as event count and engaged sessions. To see on which days the link was clicked, select ‘Dimensions’ and then ‘Date’.

    Remember, due to data processing times, there may be a delay before you start seeing data for new events. I hope this helps! If you need any more guidance, don’t hesitate to ask.

  • Alex

    Member
    14 January 2023 at 11:18 pm

    Absolutely, I’d be happy to help you understand how this works in Google Analytics 4 (GA4). GA4 has a new way of analyzing and reporting link clicks which makes it easier to monitor outbound links. To track clicks on a specific link like ‘/cgi-bin/abdl.cgi?abc.com’, you would set up a new ‘Event’ in GA4. This event will then record every time a visitor clicks on that particular link.

    To see how many people clicked the link, you would navigate to the ‘Events’ section in your GA4 dashboard and look for the event you set up earlier. There, you can see the number of times that event (the link click) occurred.

    If you want to know which day they are clicking the link, you can use the ‘Date Range’ filter at the top of the ‘Events’ page. This allows you to analyze data for a specific date, or a range of dates. Through this, you’ll be able to see how many link clicks happened on each day within your chosen date range.

    It might be worth considering asking a technical expert or doing a bit of extra research to help you with the setup and detailed analysis, but this should give you a basic rundown of how to track outbound link clicks and associated data in GA4.

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