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Update to Matching Specific Transactions to Specific Keywords

February 18, 2008

Money ShirtShawn wrote an article back in May which showed you how to use filters in Google Analytics to modify your transaction list to see source, medium and keyword data for each transaction. As many of you have noticed by now, there have been some issues since January 15th involving custom fields which have caused this and other advanced filters to stop working.

Since then, we have found a way around using custom fields for this particular set of filters. Your reports will look and function as before.

Here are the details:

Using the same naming convention as in Shawn's post, this first filter will be called Trans List Mod 1. It will append the campaign source to the transaction order id.

Click here for Filter #1

The second filter appends the campaign medium to the now modified transaction order id. After this filter, the "e-commerce transaction id" field should now contain the campaign source and medium of the visit in addition to the transaction order id.

Click here for Filter #2

The final filter appends the keyword (bid term only) to the modified transaction order id. So now the "e-commerce transaction id" field should contain source, medium, and keyword info for the transaction in addition to the transaction order-id.

Click here for Filter #3

There you have it! Again, if you need more information about why you might want this filter set and what it will do for you, refer to Shawn's article. Once we are able to use custom fields again there will be zero benefit to using this filter set over Shawn's. This is just an alternate way to get this same data in your reports that happens to not use custom fields.

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Comments

Tyson said:

You speak like custom fields are definitely coming back - is that the case?

February 18, 2008 4:31 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tyson Yes, you will be able to use custom fields again at some point in future. Google is aware of the issue and is taking steps to resolve it. I am merely giving this alternative so that we can still have this data in the meantime.

February 19, 2008 8:58 AM

Richard said:

Great, just read Shawns article. Simple to setup and should produce the association between referrer and transaction that is likely to save me a heap of time.

February 27, 2008 5:48 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Richard:

Thanks for reading! We actually use that method ourselves and have found it to be a great help. I hope it proves as useful to you!

March 3, 2008 9:29 AM

Winooski said:

If and when we're able to use custom fields again, would there be any reason to switch back to Shawn's original filter setup? If Jeremy's filters work equally well, I'd imagine we could just stick with those.

BTW, thanks *very* much for the workaround. We're trying it out today...

March 3, 2008 11:33 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Winooski: No, there would be no reason to switch back. Both filter sets function exactly the same. Similarly, once custom fields start working again, anyone using Shawn's filters shouldn't bother switching to mine.

You're welcome :)

March 3, 2008 12:57 PM

Marco said:

I just added these filters without success. Will the data be 'granfathered' into the previous transactions or only work from here on out?

April 25, 2008 2:17 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Marco:

These filters, just like all filters within Google Analytics, only apply to the data moving forward. Your historical data is not affected. In a day or two you should see results from the filters.

April 28, 2008 8:19 AM

Dan said:

The filters seem to be working fine, they are gathering the source, keyword etc but the unique transaction id no longer appears, it is just the source, etc.

Any ideas?

June 2, 2008 8:30 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Without seeing your setup, I can't say for certain what the issue is. I would double check the first filter and make sure that it matches the one I gave. Leaving out the parentheses on the first field or something like that could potentially cause the issue. You might also what to create a raw profile and see what the transaction id looks like without filters.

June 2, 2008 8:50 AM

Dan said:

@Jeremy:

I removed the filters and the tracking returned to normal. Our transaction ID's are simple unique numbers (TS-5373262).

The filters were exact, I triple checked them and got others to check for me.

Everything worked fine, except it overwrote the unique ID.

June 2, 2008 7:28 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Have you tried Shawn's filter set? It's function is the same as this one and should work fine now that custom fields are working again. There may be a temporary issue that's causing these to not work anymore. Also see this article which gives you a way to segment reports by transaction id, allowing you to get much of the same data without the need for filters.

June 2, 2008 11:22 PM

Tim said:

Hi Jeremy - I have an old website that we are redirecting all traffic to our new site. I would like to know which specific transactions are coming from the old site. We are using 301 redirects on individual pages. I tried your examples and it is not picking up the old website as the source or medium... Do you have any advice? Thanks

August 26, 2008 3:10 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tim: 301 redirects preserve the original referrer. So, for example, if someone finds your page in a Google natural search and is 301 redirected to another page on your site, they will show up in Google Analytics as google/organic. If you want to know how often someone is viewing one of your old pages, you could add a query parameter to the URL that you're redirecting to. You can then either search for that query parameter in your top content report, or put it in site search and track it as a secondary source.

August 26, 2008 5:33 PM

Michele said:

I used your new filter set and now my transactions are linked to a specific referral source which is often "(direct) (none)" or just "FindGift - referral". How do I link it to a specific page from the referral source or from a specific term someone typed into Google? Thanks!

November 26, 2008 10:48 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Michele, The keyword should be included as long as you have that third filter that appends the Campaign Term. Note since there is no keyword for direct and referral traffic, you won't see a keyword associated with transactions resulting from these sources. I believe that the referring page is stored in the Campaign Content field, so you could add a fourth filter to append that as well.

November 26, 2008 11:16 AM

Mike said:

Hello there,

could you please tell me if is this function still needed in new (universal) analytics or last version of GA can recognize and match KW to transactions automatically ?

And if it cant, have any one right descriptions of filters, because pictures of here ones arent functional :(

Thank you very much.

Greetings from Czech


August 28, 2013 11:49 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: The pictures should be working now. They're likely a bit out of date, but the fields and regular expressions used should be the same.

August 28, 2013 12:49 PM

Mike said:

Im really sorry for bothering you again, but Im lost ... again :-)

Please, tell me:
- Should i have "auto-tagging" in AdWords acount ON or OFF ?

A- nd am I right if I suppose, that setting of metric import (also in AdWords) should be connected to profile with these filters ? Or to generic one ?

August 30, 2013 4:26 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: Turning on auto-tagging is recommended. It doesn't matter which profile you import metrics from since this filter set does not affect metrics.

August 30, 2013 8:02 AM

Tyson said:

You speak like custom fields are definitely coming back - is that the case?

February 18, 2008 4:31 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tyson Yes, you will be able to use custom fields again at some point in future. Google is aware of the issue and is taking steps to resolve it. I am merely giving this alternative so that we can still have this data in the meantime.

February 19, 2008 8:58 AM

Richard said:

Great, just read Shawns article. Simple to setup and should produce the association between referrer and transaction that is likely to save me a heap of time.

February 27, 2008 5:48 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Richard:

Thanks for reading! We actually use that method ourselves and have found it to be a great help. I hope it proves as useful to you!

March 3, 2008 9:29 AM

Winooski said:

If and when we're able to use custom fields again, would there be any reason to switch back to Shawn's original filter setup? If Jeremy's filters work equally well, I'd imagine we could just stick with those.

BTW, thanks *very* much for the workaround. We're trying it out today...

March 3, 2008 11:33 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Winooski: No, there would be no reason to switch back. Both filter sets function exactly the same. Similarly, once custom fields start working again, anyone using Shawn's filters shouldn't bother switching to mine.

You're welcome :)

March 3, 2008 12:57 PM

Marco said:

I just added these filters without success. Will the data be 'granfathered' into the previous transactions or only work from here on out?

April 25, 2008 2:17 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Marco:

These filters, just like all filters within Google Analytics, only apply to the data moving forward. Your historical data is not affected. In a day or two you should see results from the filters.

April 28, 2008 8:19 AM

Dan said:

The filters seem to be working fine, they are gathering the source, keyword etc but the unique transaction id no longer appears, it is just the source, etc.

Any ideas?

June 2, 2008 8:30 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Without seeing your setup, I can't say for certain what the issue is. I would double check the first filter and make sure that it matches the one I gave. Leaving out the parentheses on the first field or something like that could potentially cause the issue. You might also what to create a raw profile and see what the transaction id looks like without filters.

June 2, 2008 8:50 AM

Dan said:

@Jeremy:

I removed the filters and the tracking returned to normal. Our transaction ID's are simple unique numbers (TS-5373262).

The filters were exact, I triple checked them and got others to check for me.

Everything worked fine, except it overwrote the unique ID.

June 2, 2008 7:28 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Have you tried Shawn's filter set? It's function is the same as this one and should work fine now that custom fields are working again. There may be a temporary issue that's causing these to not work anymore. Also see this article which gives you a way to segment reports by transaction id, allowing you to get much of the same data without the need for filters.

June 2, 2008 11:22 PM

Tim said:

Hi Jeremy - I have an old website that we are redirecting all traffic to our new site. I would like to know which specific transactions are coming from the old site. We are using 301 redirects on individual pages. I tried your examples and it is not picking up the old website as the source or medium... Do you have any advice? Thanks

August 26, 2008 3:10 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tim: 301 redirects preserve the original referrer. So, for example, if someone finds your page in a Google natural search and is 301 redirected to another page on your site, they will show up in Google Analytics as google/organic. If you want to know how often someone is viewing one of your old pages, you could add a query parameter to the URL that you're redirecting to. You can then either search for that query parameter in your top content report, or put it in site search and track it as a secondary source.

August 26, 2008 5:33 PM

Michele said:

I used your new filter set and now my transactions are linked to a specific referral source which is often "(direct) (none)" or just "FindGift - referral". How do I link it to a specific page from the referral source or from a specific term someone typed into Google? Thanks!

November 26, 2008 10:48 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Michele, The keyword should be included as long as you have that third filter that appends the Campaign Term. Note since there is no keyword for direct and referral traffic, you won't see a keyword associated with transactions resulting from these sources. I believe that the referring page is stored in the Campaign Content field, so you could add a fourth filter to append that as well.

November 26, 2008 11:16 AM

Mike said:

Hello there,

could you please tell me if is this function still needed in new (universal) analytics or last version of GA can recognize and match KW to transactions automatically ?

And if it cant, have any one right descriptions of filters, because pictures of here ones arent functional :(

Thank you very much.

Greetings from Czech


August 28, 2013 11:49 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: The pictures should be working now. They're likely a bit out of date, but the fields and regular expressions used should be the same.

August 28, 2013 12:49 PM

Mike said:

Im really sorry for bothering you again, but Im lost ... again :-)

Please, tell me:
- Should i have "auto-tagging" in AdWords acount ON or OFF ?

A- nd am I right if I suppose, that setting of metric import (also in AdWords) should be connected to profile with these filters ? Or to generic one ?

August 30, 2013 4:26 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: Turning on auto-tagging is recommended. It doesn't matter which profile you import metrics from since this filter set does not affect metrics.

August 30, 2013 8:02 AM

Tyson said:

You speak like custom fields are definitely coming back - is that the case?

February 18, 2008 4:31 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tyson Yes, you will be able to use custom fields again at some point in future. Google is aware of the issue and is taking steps to resolve it. I am merely giving this alternative so that we can still have this data in the meantime.

February 19, 2008 8:58 AM

Richard said:

Great, just read Shawns article. Simple to setup and should produce the association between referrer and transaction that is likely to save me a heap of time.

February 27, 2008 5:48 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Richard:

Thanks for reading! We actually use that method ourselves and have found it to be a great help. I hope it proves as useful to you!

March 3, 2008 9:29 AM

Winooski said:

If and when we're able to use custom fields again, would there be any reason to switch back to Shawn's original filter setup? If Jeremy's filters work equally well, I'd imagine we could just stick with those.

BTW, thanks *very* much for the workaround. We're trying it out today...

March 3, 2008 11:33 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Winooski: No, there would be no reason to switch back. Both filter sets function exactly the same. Similarly, once custom fields start working again, anyone using Shawn's filters shouldn't bother switching to mine.

You're welcome :)

March 3, 2008 12:57 PM

Marco said:

I just added these filters without success. Will the data be 'granfathered' into the previous transactions or only work from here on out?

April 25, 2008 2:17 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Marco:

These filters, just like all filters within Google Analytics, only apply to the data moving forward. Your historical data is not affected. In a day or two you should see results from the filters.

April 28, 2008 8:19 AM

Dan said:

The filters seem to be working fine, they are gathering the source, keyword etc but the unique transaction id no longer appears, it is just the source, etc.

Any ideas?

June 2, 2008 8:30 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Without seeing your setup, I can't say for certain what the issue is. I would double check the first filter and make sure that it matches the one I gave. Leaving out the parentheses on the first field or something like that could potentially cause the issue. You might also what to create a raw profile and see what the transaction id looks like without filters.

June 2, 2008 8:50 AM

Dan said:

@Jeremy:

I removed the filters and the tracking returned to normal. Our transaction ID's are simple unique numbers (TS-5373262).

The filters were exact, I triple checked them and got others to check for me.

Everything worked fine, except it overwrote the unique ID.

June 2, 2008 7:28 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Have you tried Shawn's filter set? It's function is the same as this one and should work fine now that custom fields are working again. There may be a temporary issue that's causing these to not work anymore. Also see this article which gives you a way to segment reports by transaction id, allowing you to get much of the same data without the need for filters.

June 2, 2008 11:22 PM

Tim said:

Hi Jeremy - I have an old website that we are redirecting all traffic to our new site. I would like to know which specific transactions are coming from the old site. We are using 301 redirects on individual pages. I tried your examples and it is not picking up the old website as the source or medium... Do you have any advice? Thanks

August 26, 2008 3:10 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tim: 301 redirects preserve the original referrer. So, for example, if someone finds your page in a Google natural search and is 301 redirected to another page on your site, they will show up in Google Analytics as google/organic. If you want to know how often someone is viewing one of your old pages, you could add a query parameter to the URL that you're redirecting to. You can then either search for that query parameter in your top content report, or put it in site search and track it as a secondary source.

August 26, 2008 5:33 PM

Michele said:

I used your new filter set and now my transactions are linked to a specific referral source which is often "(direct) (none)" or just "FindGift - referral". How do I link it to a specific page from the referral source or from a specific term someone typed into Google? Thanks!

November 26, 2008 10:48 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Michele, The keyword should be included as long as you have that third filter that appends the Campaign Term. Note since there is no keyword for direct and referral traffic, you won't see a keyword associated with transactions resulting from these sources. I believe that the referring page is stored in the Campaign Content field, so you could add a fourth filter to append that as well.

November 26, 2008 11:16 AM

Mike said:

Hello there,

could you please tell me if is this function still needed in new (universal) analytics or last version of GA can recognize and match KW to transactions automatically ?

And if it cant, have any one right descriptions of filters, because pictures of here ones arent functional :(

Thank you very much.

Greetings from Czech


August 28, 2013 11:49 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: The pictures should be working now. They're likely a bit out of date, but the fields and regular expressions used should be the same.

August 28, 2013 12:49 PM

Mike said:

Im really sorry for bothering you again, but Im lost ... again :-)

Please, tell me:
- Should i have "auto-tagging" in AdWords acount ON or OFF ?

A- nd am I right if I suppose, that setting of metric import (also in AdWords) should be connected to profile with these filters ? Or to generic one ?

August 30, 2013 4:26 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: Turning on auto-tagging is recommended. It doesn't matter which profile you import metrics from since this filter set does not affect metrics.

August 30, 2013 8:02 AM

Tyson said:

You speak like custom fields are definitely coming back - is that the case?

February 18, 2008 4:31 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tyson Yes, you will be able to use custom fields again at some point in future. Google is aware of the issue and is taking steps to resolve it. I am merely giving this alternative so that we can still have this data in the meantime.

February 19, 2008 8:58 AM

Richard said:

Great, just read Shawns article. Simple to setup and should produce the association between referrer and transaction that is likely to save me a heap of time.

February 27, 2008 5:48 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Richard:

Thanks for reading! We actually use that method ourselves and have found it to be a great help. I hope it proves as useful to you!

March 3, 2008 9:29 AM

Winooski said:

If and when we're able to use custom fields again, would there be any reason to switch back to Shawn's original filter setup? If Jeremy's filters work equally well, I'd imagine we could just stick with those.

BTW, thanks *very* much for the workaround. We're trying it out today...

March 3, 2008 11:33 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Winooski: No, there would be no reason to switch back. Both filter sets function exactly the same. Similarly, once custom fields start working again, anyone using Shawn's filters shouldn't bother switching to mine.

You're welcome :)

March 3, 2008 12:57 PM

Marco said:

I just added these filters without success. Will the data be 'granfathered' into the previous transactions or only work from here on out?

April 25, 2008 2:17 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Marco:

These filters, just like all filters within Google Analytics, only apply to the data moving forward. Your historical data is not affected. In a day or two you should see results from the filters.

April 28, 2008 8:19 AM

Dan said:

The filters seem to be working fine, they are gathering the source, keyword etc but the unique transaction id no longer appears, it is just the source, etc.

Any ideas?

June 2, 2008 8:30 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Without seeing your setup, I can't say for certain what the issue is. I would double check the first filter and make sure that it matches the one I gave. Leaving out the parentheses on the first field or something like that could potentially cause the issue. You might also what to create a raw profile and see what the transaction id looks like without filters.

June 2, 2008 8:50 AM

Dan said:

@Jeremy:

I removed the filters and the tracking returned to normal. Our transaction ID's are simple unique numbers (TS-5373262).

The filters were exact, I triple checked them and got others to check for me.

Everything worked fine, except it overwrote the unique ID.

June 2, 2008 7:28 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Have you tried Shawn's filter set? It's function is the same as this one and should work fine now that custom fields are working again. There may be a temporary issue that's causing these to not work anymore. Also see this article which gives you a way to segment reports by transaction id, allowing you to get much of the same data without the need for filters.

June 2, 2008 11:22 PM

Tim said:

Hi Jeremy - I have an old website that we are redirecting all traffic to our new site. I would like to know which specific transactions are coming from the old site. We are using 301 redirects on individual pages. I tried your examples and it is not picking up the old website as the source or medium... Do you have any advice? Thanks

August 26, 2008 3:10 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tim: 301 redirects preserve the original referrer. So, for example, if someone finds your page in a Google natural search and is 301 redirected to another page on your site, they will show up in Google Analytics as google/organic. If you want to know how often someone is viewing one of your old pages, you could add a query parameter to the URL that you're redirecting to. You can then either search for that query parameter in your top content report, or put it in site search and track it as a secondary source.

August 26, 2008 5:33 PM

Michele said:

I used your new filter set and now my transactions are linked to a specific referral source which is often "(direct) (none)" or just "FindGift - referral". How do I link it to a specific page from the referral source or from a specific term someone typed into Google? Thanks!

November 26, 2008 10:48 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Michele, The keyword should be included as long as you have that third filter that appends the Campaign Term. Note since there is no keyword for direct and referral traffic, you won't see a keyword associated with transactions resulting from these sources. I believe that the referring page is stored in the Campaign Content field, so you could add a fourth filter to append that as well.

November 26, 2008 11:16 AM

Mike said:

Hello there,

could you please tell me if is this function still needed in new (universal) analytics or last version of GA can recognize and match KW to transactions automatically ?

And if it cant, have any one right descriptions of filters, because pictures of here ones arent functional :(

Thank you very much.

Greetings from Czech


August 28, 2013 11:49 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: The pictures should be working now. They're likely a bit out of date, but the fields and regular expressions used should be the same.

August 28, 2013 12:49 PM

Mike said:

Im really sorry for bothering you again, but Im lost ... again :-)

Please, tell me:
- Should i have "auto-tagging" in AdWords acount ON or OFF ?

A- nd am I right if I suppose, that setting of metric import (also in AdWords) should be connected to profile with these filters ? Or to generic one ?

August 30, 2013 4:26 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: Turning on auto-tagging is recommended. It doesn't matter which profile you import metrics from since this filter set does not affect metrics.

August 30, 2013 8:02 AM

Tyson said:

You speak like custom fields are definitely coming back - is that the case?

February 18, 2008 4:31 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tyson Yes, you will be able to use custom fields again at some point in future. Google is aware of the issue and is taking steps to resolve it. I am merely giving this alternative so that we can still have this data in the meantime.

February 19, 2008 8:58 AM

Richard said:

Great, just read Shawns article. Simple to setup and should produce the association between referrer and transaction that is likely to save me a heap of time.

February 27, 2008 5:48 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Richard:

Thanks for reading! We actually use that method ourselves and have found it to be a great help. I hope it proves as useful to you!

March 3, 2008 9:29 AM

Winooski said:

If and when we're able to use custom fields again, would there be any reason to switch back to Shawn's original filter setup? If Jeremy's filters work equally well, I'd imagine we could just stick with those.

BTW, thanks *very* much for the workaround. We're trying it out today...

March 3, 2008 11:33 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Winooski: No, there would be no reason to switch back. Both filter sets function exactly the same. Similarly, once custom fields start working again, anyone using Shawn's filters shouldn't bother switching to mine.

You're welcome :)

March 3, 2008 12:57 PM

Marco said:

I just added these filters without success. Will the data be 'granfathered' into the previous transactions or only work from here on out?

April 25, 2008 2:17 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Marco:

These filters, just like all filters within Google Analytics, only apply to the data moving forward. Your historical data is not affected. In a day or two you should see results from the filters.

April 28, 2008 8:19 AM

Dan said:

The filters seem to be working fine, they are gathering the source, keyword etc but the unique transaction id no longer appears, it is just the source, etc.

Any ideas?

June 2, 2008 8:30 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Without seeing your setup, I can't say for certain what the issue is. I would double check the first filter and make sure that it matches the one I gave. Leaving out the parentheses on the first field or something like that could potentially cause the issue. You might also what to create a raw profile and see what the transaction id looks like without filters.

June 2, 2008 8:50 AM

Dan said:

@Jeremy:

I removed the filters and the tracking returned to normal. Our transaction ID's are simple unique numbers (TS-5373262).

The filters were exact, I triple checked them and got others to check for me.

Everything worked fine, except it overwrote the unique ID.

June 2, 2008 7:28 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Have you tried Shawn's filter set? It's function is the same as this one and should work fine now that custom fields are working again. There may be a temporary issue that's causing these to not work anymore. Also see this article which gives you a way to segment reports by transaction id, allowing you to get much of the same data without the need for filters.

June 2, 2008 11:22 PM

Tim said:

Hi Jeremy - I have an old website that we are redirecting all traffic to our new site. I would like to know which specific transactions are coming from the old site. We are using 301 redirects on individual pages. I tried your examples and it is not picking up the old website as the source or medium... Do you have any advice? Thanks

August 26, 2008 3:10 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tim: 301 redirects preserve the original referrer. So, for example, if someone finds your page in a Google natural search and is 301 redirected to another page on your site, they will show up in Google Analytics as google/organic. If you want to know how often someone is viewing one of your old pages, you could add a query parameter to the URL that you're redirecting to. You can then either search for that query parameter in your top content report, or put it in site search and track it as a secondary source.

August 26, 2008 5:33 PM

Michele said:

I used your new filter set and now my transactions are linked to a specific referral source which is often "(direct) (none)" or just "FindGift - referral". How do I link it to a specific page from the referral source or from a specific term someone typed into Google? Thanks!

November 26, 2008 10:48 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Michele, The keyword should be included as long as you have that third filter that appends the Campaign Term. Note since there is no keyword for direct and referral traffic, you won't see a keyword associated with transactions resulting from these sources. I believe that the referring page is stored in the Campaign Content field, so you could add a fourth filter to append that as well.

November 26, 2008 11:16 AM

Mike said:

Hello there,

could you please tell me if is this function still needed in new (universal) analytics or last version of GA can recognize and match KW to transactions automatically ?

And if it cant, have any one right descriptions of filters, because pictures of here ones arent functional :(

Thank you very much.

Greetings from Czech


August 28, 2013 11:49 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: The pictures should be working now. They're likely a bit out of date, but the fields and regular expressions used should be the same.

August 28, 2013 12:49 PM

Mike said:

Im really sorry for bothering you again, but Im lost ... again :-)

Please, tell me:
- Should i have "auto-tagging" in AdWords acount ON or OFF ?

A- nd am I right if I suppose, that setting of metric import (also in AdWords) should be connected to profile with these filters ? Or to generic one ?

August 30, 2013 4:26 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: Turning on auto-tagging is recommended. It doesn't matter which profile you import metrics from since this filter set does not affect metrics.

August 30, 2013 8:02 AM

Tyson said:

You speak like custom fields are definitely coming back - is that the case?

February 18, 2008 4:31 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tyson Yes, you will be able to use custom fields again at some point in future. Google is aware of the issue and is taking steps to resolve it. I am merely giving this alternative so that we can still have this data in the meantime.

February 19, 2008 8:58 AM

Richard said:

Great, just read Shawns article. Simple to setup and should produce the association between referrer and transaction that is likely to save me a heap of time.

February 27, 2008 5:48 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Richard:

Thanks for reading! We actually use that method ourselves and have found it to be a great help. I hope it proves as useful to you!

March 3, 2008 9:29 AM

Winooski said:

If and when we're able to use custom fields again, would there be any reason to switch back to Shawn's original filter setup? If Jeremy's filters work equally well, I'd imagine we could just stick with those.

BTW, thanks *very* much for the workaround. We're trying it out today...

March 3, 2008 11:33 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Winooski: No, there would be no reason to switch back. Both filter sets function exactly the same. Similarly, once custom fields start working again, anyone using Shawn's filters shouldn't bother switching to mine.

You're welcome :)

March 3, 2008 12:57 PM

Marco said:

I just added these filters without success. Will the data be 'granfathered' into the previous transactions or only work from here on out?

April 25, 2008 2:17 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Marco:

These filters, just like all filters within Google Analytics, only apply to the data moving forward. Your historical data is not affected. In a day or two you should see results from the filters.

April 28, 2008 8:19 AM

Dan said:

The filters seem to be working fine, they are gathering the source, keyword etc but the unique transaction id no longer appears, it is just the source, etc.

Any ideas?

June 2, 2008 8:30 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Without seeing your setup, I can't say for certain what the issue is. I would double check the first filter and make sure that it matches the one I gave. Leaving out the parentheses on the first field or something like that could potentially cause the issue. You might also what to create a raw profile and see what the transaction id looks like without filters.

June 2, 2008 8:50 AM

Dan said:

@Jeremy:

I removed the filters and the tracking returned to normal. Our transaction ID's are simple unique numbers (TS-5373262).

The filters were exact, I triple checked them and got others to check for me.

Everything worked fine, except it overwrote the unique ID.

June 2, 2008 7:28 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Have you tried Shawn's filter set? It's function is the same as this one and should work fine now that custom fields are working again. There may be a temporary issue that's causing these to not work anymore. Also see this article which gives you a way to segment reports by transaction id, allowing you to get much of the same data without the need for filters.

June 2, 2008 11:22 PM

Tim said:

Hi Jeremy - I have an old website that we are redirecting all traffic to our new site. I would like to know which specific transactions are coming from the old site. We are using 301 redirects on individual pages. I tried your examples and it is not picking up the old website as the source or medium... Do you have any advice? Thanks

August 26, 2008 3:10 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tim: 301 redirects preserve the original referrer. So, for example, if someone finds your page in a Google natural search and is 301 redirected to another page on your site, they will show up in Google Analytics as google/organic. If you want to know how often someone is viewing one of your old pages, you could add a query parameter to the URL that you're redirecting to. You can then either search for that query parameter in your top content report, or put it in site search and track it as a secondary source.

August 26, 2008 5:33 PM

Michele said:

I used your new filter set and now my transactions are linked to a specific referral source which is often "(direct) (none)" or just "FindGift - referral". How do I link it to a specific page from the referral source or from a specific term someone typed into Google? Thanks!

November 26, 2008 10:48 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Michele, The keyword should be included as long as you have that third filter that appends the Campaign Term. Note since there is no keyword for direct and referral traffic, you won't see a keyword associated with transactions resulting from these sources. I believe that the referring page is stored in the Campaign Content field, so you could add a fourth filter to append that as well.

November 26, 2008 11:16 AM

Mike said:

Hello there,

could you please tell me if is this function still needed in new (universal) analytics or last version of GA can recognize and match KW to transactions automatically ?

And if it cant, have any one right descriptions of filters, because pictures of here ones arent functional :(

Thank you very much.

Greetings from Czech


August 28, 2013 11:49 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: The pictures should be working now. They're likely a bit out of date, but the fields and regular expressions used should be the same.

August 28, 2013 12:49 PM

Mike said:

Im really sorry for bothering you again, but Im lost ... again :-)

Please, tell me:
- Should i have "auto-tagging" in AdWords acount ON or OFF ?

A- nd am I right if I suppose, that setting of metric import (also in AdWords) should be connected to profile with these filters ? Or to generic one ?

August 30, 2013 4:26 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: Turning on auto-tagging is recommended. It doesn't matter which profile you import metrics from since this filter set does not affect metrics.

August 30, 2013 8:02 AM

Tyson said:

You speak like custom fields are definitely coming back - is that the case?

February 18, 2008 4:31 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tyson Yes, you will be able to use custom fields again at some point in future. Google is aware of the issue and is taking steps to resolve it. I am merely giving this alternative so that we can still have this data in the meantime.

February 19, 2008 8:58 AM

Richard said:

Great, just read Shawns article. Simple to setup and should produce the association between referrer and transaction that is likely to save me a heap of time.

February 27, 2008 5:48 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Richard:

Thanks for reading! We actually use that method ourselves and have found it to be a great help. I hope it proves as useful to you!

March 3, 2008 9:29 AM

Winooski said:

If and when we're able to use custom fields again, would there be any reason to switch back to Shawn's original filter setup? If Jeremy's filters work equally well, I'd imagine we could just stick with those.

BTW, thanks *very* much for the workaround. We're trying it out today...

March 3, 2008 11:33 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Winooski: No, there would be no reason to switch back. Both filter sets function exactly the same. Similarly, once custom fields start working again, anyone using Shawn's filters shouldn't bother switching to mine.

You're welcome :)

March 3, 2008 12:57 PM

Marco said:

I just added these filters without success. Will the data be 'granfathered' into the previous transactions or only work from here on out?

April 25, 2008 2:17 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Marco:

These filters, just like all filters within Google Analytics, only apply to the data moving forward. Your historical data is not affected. In a day or two you should see results from the filters.

April 28, 2008 8:19 AM

Dan said:

The filters seem to be working fine, they are gathering the source, keyword etc but the unique transaction id no longer appears, it is just the source, etc.

Any ideas?

June 2, 2008 8:30 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Without seeing your setup, I can't say for certain what the issue is. I would double check the first filter and make sure that it matches the one I gave. Leaving out the parentheses on the first field or something like that could potentially cause the issue. You might also what to create a raw profile and see what the transaction id looks like without filters.

June 2, 2008 8:50 AM

Dan said:

@Jeremy:

I removed the filters and the tracking returned to normal. Our transaction ID's are simple unique numbers (TS-5373262).

The filters were exact, I triple checked them and got others to check for me.

Everything worked fine, except it overwrote the unique ID.

June 2, 2008 7:28 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Have you tried Shawn's filter set? It's function is the same as this one and should work fine now that custom fields are working again. There may be a temporary issue that's causing these to not work anymore. Also see this article which gives you a way to segment reports by transaction id, allowing you to get much of the same data without the need for filters.

June 2, 2008 11:22 PM

Tim said:

Hi Jeremy - I have an old website that we are redirecting all traffic to our new site. I would like to know which specific transactions are coming from the old site. We are using 301 redirects on individual pages. I tried your examples and it is not picking up the old website as the source or medium... Do you have any advice? Thanks

August 26, 2008 3:10 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tim: 301 redirects preserve the original referrer. So, for example, if someone finds your page in a Google natural search and is 301 redirected to another page on your site, they will show up in Google Analytics as google/organic. If you want to know how often someone is viewing one of your old pages, you could add a query parameter to the URL that you're redirecting to. You can then either search for that query parameter in your top content report, or put it in site search and track it as a secondary source.

August 26, 2008 5:33 PM

Michele said:

I used your new filter set and now my transactions are linked to a specific referral source which is often "(direct) (none)" or just "FindGift - referral". How do I link it to a specific page from the referral source or from a specific term someone typed into Google? Thanks!

November 26, 2008 10:48 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Michele, The keyword should be included as long as you have that third filter that appends the Campaign Term. Note since there is no keyword for direct and referral traffic, you won't see a keyword associated with transactions resulting from these sources. I believe that the referring page is stored in the Campaign Content field, so you could add a fourth filter to append that as well.

November 26, 2008 11:16 AM

Mike said:

Hello there,

could you please tell me if is this function still needed in new (universal) analytics or last version of GA can recognize and match KW to transactions automatically ?

And if it cant, have any one right descriptions of filters, because pictures of here ones arent functional :(

Thank you very much.

Greetings from Czech


August 28, 2013 11:49 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: The pictures should be working now. They're likely a bit out of date, but the fields and regular expressions used should be the same.

August 28, 2013 12:49 PM

Mike said:

Im really sorry for bothering you again, but Im lost ... again :-)

Please, tell me:
- Should i have "auto-tagging" in AdWords acount ON or OFF ?

A- nd am I right if I suppose, that setting of metric import (also in AdWords) should be connected to profile with these filters ? Or to generic one ?

August 30, 2013 4:26 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: Turning on auto-tagging is recommended. It doesn't matter which profile you import metrics from since this filter set does not affect metrics.

August 30, 2013 8:02 AM

Tyson said:

You speak like custom fields are definitely coming back - is that the case?

February 18, 2008 4:31 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tyson Yes, you will be able to use custom fields again at some point in future. Google is aware of the issue and is taking steps to resolve it. I am merely giving this alternative so that we can still have this data in the meantime.

February 19, 2008 8:58 AM

Richard said:

Great, just read Shawns article. Simple to setup and should produce the association between referrer and transaction that is likely to save me a heap of time.

February 27, 2008 5:48 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Richard:

Thanks for reading! We actually use that method ourselves and have found it to be a great help. I hope it proves as useful to you!

March 3, 2008 9:29 AM

Winooski said:

If and when we're able to use custom fields again, would there be any reason to switch back to Shawn's original filter setup? If Jeremy's filters work equally well, I'd imagine we could just stick with those.

BTW, thanks *very* much for the workaround. We're trying it out today...

March 3, 2008 11:33 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Winooski: No, there would be no reason to switch back. Both filter sets function exactly the same. Similarly, once custom fields start working again, anyone using Shawn's filters shouldn't bother switching to mine.

You're welcome :)

March 3, 2008 12:57 PM

Marco said:

I just added these filters without success. Will the data be 'granfathered' into the previous transactions or only work from here on out?

April 25, 2008 2:17 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Marco:

These filters, just like all filters within Google Analytics, only apply to the data moving forward. Your historical data is not affected. In a day or two you should see results from the filters.

April 28, 2008 8:19 AM

Dan said:

The filters seem to be working fine, they are gathering the source, keyword etc but the unique transaction id no longer appears, it is just the source, etc.

Any ideas?

June 2, 2008 8:30 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Without seeing your setup, I can't say for certain what the issue is. I would double check the first filter and make sure that it matches the one I gave. Leaving out the parentheses on the first field or something like that could potentially cause the issue. You might also what to create a raw profile and see what the transaction id looks like without filters.

June 2, 2008 8:50 AM

Dan said:

@Jeremy:

I removed the filters and the tracking returned to normal. Our transaction ID's are simple unique numbers (TS-5373262).

The filters were exact, I triple checked them and got others to check for me.

Everything worked fine, except it overwrote the unique ID.

June 2, 2008 7:28 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Have you tried Shawn's filter set? It's function is the same as this one and should work fine now that custom fields are working again. There may be a temporary issue that's causing these to not work anymore. Also see this article which gives you a way to segment reports by transaction id, allowing you to get much of the same data without the need for filters.

June 2, 2008 11:22 PM

Tim said:

Hi Jeremy - I have an old website that we are redirecting all traffic to our new site. I would like to know which specific transactions are coming from the old site. We are using 301 redirects on individual pages. I tried your examples and it is not picking up the old website as the source or medium... Do you have any advice? Thanks

August 26, 2008 3:10 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tim: 301 redirects preserve the original referrer. So, for example, if someone finds your page in a Google natural search and is 301 redirected to another page on your site, they will show up in Google Analytics as google/organic. If you want to know how often someone is viewing one of your old pages, you could add a query parameter to the URL that you're redirecting to. You can then either search for that query parameter in your top content report, or put it in site search and track it as a secondary source.

August 26, 2008 5:33 PM

Michele said:

I used your new filter set and now my transactions are linked to a specific referral source which is often "(direct) (none)" or just "FindGift - referral". How do I link it to a specific page from the referral source or from a specific term someone typed into Google? Thanks!

November 26, 2008 10:48 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Michele, The keyword should be included as long as you have that third filter that appends the Campaign Term. Note since there is no keyword for direct and referral traffic, you won't see a keyword associated with transactions resulting from these sources. I believe that the referring page is stored in the Campaign Content field, so you could add a fourth filter to append that as well.

November 26, 2008 11:16 AM

Mike said:

Hello there,

could you please tell me if is this function still needed in new (universal) analytics or last version of GA can recognize and match KW to transactions automatically ?

And if it cant, have any one right descriptions of filters, because pictures of here ones arent functional :(

Thank you very much.

Greetings from Czech


August 28, 2013 11:49 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: The pictures should be working now. They're likely a bit out of date, but the fields and regular expressions used should be the same.

August 28, 2013 12:49 PM

Mike said:

Im really sorry for bothering you again, but Im lost ... again :-)

Please, tell me:
- Should i have "auto-tagging" in AdWords acount ON or OFF ?

A- nd am I right if I suppose, that setting of metric import (also in AdWords) should be connected to profile with these filters ? Or to generic one ?

August 30, 2013 4:26 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: Turning on auto-tagging is recommended. It doesn't matter which profile you import metrics from since this filter set does not affect metrics.

August 30, 2013 8:02 AM

Tyson said:

You speak like custom fields are definitely coming back - is that the case?

February 18, 2008 4:31 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tyson Yes, you will be able to use custom fields again at some point in future. Google is aware of the issue and is taking steps to resolve it. I am merely giving this alternative so that we can still have this data in the meantime.

February 19, 2008 8:58 AM

Richard said:

Great, just read Shawns article. Simple to setup and should produce the association between referrer and transaction that is likely to save me a heap of time.

February 27, 2008 5:48 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Richard:

Thanks for reading! We actually use that method ourselves and have found it to be a great help. I hope it proves as useful to you!

March 3, 2008 9:29 AM

Winooski said:

If and when we're able to use custom fields again, would there be any reason to switch back to Shawn's original filter setup? If Jeremy's filters work equally well, I'd imagine we could just stick with those.

BTW, thanks *very* much for the workaround. We're trying it out today...

March 3, 2008 11:33 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Winooski: No, there would be no reason to switch back. Both filter sets function exactly the same. Similarly, once custom fields start working again, anyone using Shawn's filters shouldn't bother switching to mine.

You're welcome :)

March 3, 2008 12:57 PM

Marco said:

I just added these filters without success. Will the data be 'granfathered' into the previous transactions or only work from here on out?

April 25, 2008 2:17 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Marco:

These filters, just like all filters within Google Analytics, only apply to the data moving forward. Your historical data is not affected. In a day or two you should see results from the filters.

April 28, 2008 8:19 AM

Dan said:

The filters seem to be working fine, they are gathering the source, keyword etc but the unique transaction id no longer appears, it is just the source, etc.

Any ideas?

June 2, 2008 8:30 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Without seeing your setup, I can't say for certain what the issue is. I would double check the first filter and make sure that it matches the one I gave. Leaving out the parentheses on the first field or something like that could potentially cause the issue. You might also what to create a raw profile and see what the transaction id looks like without filters.

June 2, 2008 8:50 AM

Dan said:

@Jeremy:

I removed the filters and the tracking returned to normal. Our transaction ID's are simple unique numbers (TS-5373262).

The filters were exact, I triple checked them and got others to check for me.

Everything worked fine, except it overwrote the unique ID.

June 2, 2008 7:28 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Have you tried Shawn's filter set? It's function is the same as this one and should work fine now that custom fields are working again. There may be a temporary issue that's causing these to not work anymore. Also see this article which gives you a way to segment reports by transaction id, allowing you to get much of the same data without the need for filters.

June 2, 2008 11:22 PM

Tim said:

Hi Jeremy - I have an old website that we are redirecting all traffic to our new site. I would like to know which specific transactions are coming from the old site. We are using 301 redirects on individual pages. I tried your examples and it is not picking up the old website as the source or medium... Do you have any advice? Thanks

August 26, 2008 3:10 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tim: 301 redirects preserve the original referrer. So, for example, if someone finds your page in a Google natural search and is 301 redirected to another page on your site, they will show up in Google Analytics as google/organic. If you want to know how often someone is viewing one of your old pages, you could add a query parameter to the URL that you're redirecting to. You can then either search for that query parameter in your top content report, or put it in site search and track it as a secondary source.

August 26, 2008 5:33 PM

Michele said:

I used your new filter set and now my transactions are linked to a specific referral source which is often "(direct) (none)" or just "FindGift - referral". How do I link it to a specific page from the referral source or from a specific term someone typed into Google? Thanks!

November 26, 2008 10:48 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Michele, The keyword should be included as long as you have that third filter that appends the Campaign Term. Note since there is no keyword for direct and referral traffic, you won't see a keyword associated with transactions resulting from these sources. I believe that the referring page is stored in the Campaign Content field, so you could add a fourth filter to append that as well.

November 26, 2008 11:16 AM

Mike said:

Hello there,

could you please tell me if is this function still needed in new (universal) analytics or last version of GA can recognize and match KW to transactions automatically ?

And if it cant, have any one right descriptions of filters, because pictures of here ones arent functional :(

Thank you very much.

Greetings from Czech


August 28, 2013 11:49 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: The pictures should be working now. They're likely a bit out of date, but the fields and regular expressions used should be the same.

August 28, 2013 12:49 PM

Mike said:

Im really sorry for bothering you again, but Im lost ... again :-)

Please, tell me:
- Should i have "auto-tagging" in AdWords acount ON or OFF ?

A- nd am I right if I suppose, that setting of metric import (also in AdWords) should be connected to profile with these filters ? Or to generic one ?

August 30, 2013 4:26 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: Turning on auto-tagging is recommended. It doesn't matter which profile you import metrics from since this filter set does not affect metrics.

August 30, 2013 8:02 AM

Tyson said:

You speak like custom fields are definitely coming back - is that the case?

February 18, 2008 4:31 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tyson Yes, you will be able to use custom fields again at some point in future. Google is aware of the issue and is taking steps to resolve it. I am merely giving this alternative so that we can still have this data in the meantime.

February 19, 2008 8:58 AM

Richard said:

Great, just read Shawns article. Simple to setup and should produce the association between referrer and transaction that is likely to save me a heap of time.

February 27, 2008 5:48 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Richard:

Thanks for reading! We actually use that method ourselves and have found it to be a great help. I hope it proves as useful to you!

March 3, 2008 9:29 AM

Winooski said:

If and when we're able to use custom fields again, would there be any reason to switch back to Shawn's original filter setup? If Jeremy's filters work equally well, I'd imagine we could just stick with those.

BTW, thanks *very* much for the workaround. We're trying it out today...

March 3, 2008 11:33 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Winooski: No, there would be no reason to switch back. Both filter sets function exactly the same. Similarly, once custom fields start working again, anyone using Shawn's filters shouldn't bother switching to mine.

You're welcome :)

March 3, 2008 12:57 PM

Marco said:

I just added these filters without success. Will the data be 'granfathered' into the previous transactions or only work from here on out?

April 25, 2008 2:17 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Marco:

These filters, just like all filters within Google Analytics, only apply to the data moving forward. Your historical data is not affected. In a day or two you should see results from the filters.

April 28, 2008 8:19 AM

Dan said:

The filters seem to be working fine, they are gathering the source, keyword etc but the unique transaction id no longer appears, it is just the source, etc.

Any ideas?

June 2, 2008 8:30 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Without seeing your setup, I can't say for certain what the issue is. I would double check the first filter and make sure that it matches the one I gave. Leaving out the parentheses on the first field or something like that could potentially cause the issue. You might also what to create a raw profile and see what the transaction id looks like without filters.

June 2, 2008 8:50 AM

Dan said:

@Jeremy:

I removed the filters and the tracking returned to normal. Our transaction ID's are simple unique numbers (TS-5373262).

The filters were exact, I triple checked them and got others to check for me.

Everything worked fine, except it overwrote the unique ID.

June 2, 2008 7:28 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Have you tried Shawn's filter set? It's function is the same as this one and should work fine now that custom fields are working again. There may be a temporary issue that's causing these to not work anymore. Also see this article which gives you a way to segment reports by transaction id, allowing you to get much of the same data without the need for filters.

June 2, 2008 11:22 PM

Tim said:

Hi Jeremy - I have an old website that we are redirecting all traffic to our new site. I would like to know which specific transactions are coming from the old site. We are using 301 redirects on individual pages. I tried your examples and it is not picking up the old website as the source or medium... Do you have any advice? Thanks

August 26, 2008 3:10 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tim: 301 redirects preserve the original referrer. So, for example, if someone finds your page in a Google natural search and is 301 redirected to another page on your site, they will show up in Google Analytics as google/organic. If you want to know how often someone is viewing one of your old pages, you could add a query parameter to the URL that you're redirecting to. You can then either search for that query parameter in your top content report, or put it in site search and track it as a secondary source.

August 26, 2008 5:33 PM

Michele said:

I used your new filter set and now my transactions are linked to a specific referral source which is often "(direct) (none)" or just "FindGift - referral". How do I link it to a specific page from the referral source or from a specific term someone typed into Google? Thanks!

November 26, 2008 10:48 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Michele, The keyword should be included as long as you have that third filter that appends the Campaign Term. Note since there is no keyword for direct and referral traffic, you won't see a keyword associated with transactions resulting from these sources. I believe that the referring page is stored in the Campaign Content field, so you could add a fourth filter to append that as well.

November 26, 2008 11:16 AM

Mike said:

Hello there,

could you please tell me if is this function still needed in new (universal) analytics or last version of GA can recognize and match KW to transactions automatically ?

And if it cant, have any one right descriptions of filters, because pictures of here ones arent functional :(

Thank you very much.

Greetings from Czech


August 28, 2013 11:49 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: The pictures should be working now. They're likely a bit out of date, but the fields and regular expressions used should be the same.

August 28, 2013 12:49 PM

Mike said:

Im really sorry for bothering you again, but Im lost ... again :-)

Please, tell me:
- Should i have "auto-tagging" in AdWords acount ON or OFF ?

A- nd am I right if I suppose, that setting of metric import (also in AdWords) should be connected to profile with these filters ? Or to generic one ?

August 30, 2013 4:26 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: Turning on auto-tagging is recommended. It doesn't matter which profile you import metrics from since this filter set does not affect metrics.

August 30, 2013 8:02 AM

Tyson said:

You speak like custom fields are definitely coming back - is that the case?

February 18, 2008 4:31 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tyson Yes, you will be able to use custom fields again at some point in future. Google is aware of the issue and is taking steps to resolve it. I am merely giving this alternative so that we can still have this data in the meantime.

February 19, 2008 8:58 AM

Richard said:

Great, just read Shawns article. Simple to setup and should produce the association between referrer and transaction that is likely to save me a heap of time.

February 27, 2008 5:48 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Richard:

Thanks for reading! We actually use that method ourselves and have found it to be a great help. I hope it proves as useful to you!

March 3, 2008 9:29 AM

Winooski said:

If and when we're able to use custom fields again, would there be any reason to switch back to Shawn's original filter setup? If Jeremy's filters work equally well, I'd imagine we could just stick with those.

BTW, thanks *very* much for the workaround. We're trying it out today...

March 3, 2008 11:33 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Winooski: No, there would be no reason to switch back. Both filter sets function exactly the same. Similarly, once custom fields start working again, anyone using Shawn's filters shouldn't bother switching to mine.

You're welcome :)

March 3, 2008 12:57 PM

Marco said:

I just added these filters without success. Will the data be 'granfathered' into the previous transactions or only work from here on out?

April 25, 2008 2:17 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Marco:

These filters, just like all filters within Google Analytics, only apply to the data moving forward. Your historical data is not affected. In a day or two you should see results from the filters.

April 28, 2008 8:19 AM

Dan said:

The filters seem to be working fine, they are gathering the source, keyword etc but the unique transaction id no longer appears, it is just the source, etc.

Any ideas?

June 2, 2008 8:30 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Without seeing your setup, I can't say for certain what the issue is. I would double check the first filter and make sure that it matches the one I gave. Leaving out the parentheses on the first field or something like that could potentially cause the issue. You might also what to create a raw profile and see what the transaction id looks like without filters.

June 2, 2008 8:50 AM

Dan said:

@Jeremy:

I removed the filters and the tracking returned to normal. Our transaction ID's are simple unique numbers (TS-5373262).

The filters were exact, I triple checked them and got others to check for me.

Everything worked fine, except it overwrote the unique ID.

June 2, 2008 7:28 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Have you tried Shawn's filter set? It's function is the same as this one and should work fine now that custom fields are working again. There may be a temporary issue that's causing these to not work anymore. Also see this article which gives you a way to segment reports by transaction id, allowing you to get much of the same data without the need for filters.

June 2, 2008 11:22 PM

Tim said:

Hi Jeremy - I have an old website that we are redirecting all traffic to our new site. I would like to know which specific transactions are coming from the old site. We are using 301 redirects on individual pages. I tried your examples and it is not picking up the old website as the source or medium... Do you have any advice? Thanks

August 26, 2008 3:10 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tim: 301 redirects preserve the original referrer. So, for example, if someone finds your page in a Google natural search and is 301 redirected to another page on your site, they will show up in Google Analytics as google/organic. If you want to know how often someone is viewing one of your old pages, you could add a query parameter to the URL that you're redirecting to. You can then either search for that query parameter in your top content report, or put it in site search and track it as a secondary source.

August 26, 2008 5:33 PM

Michele said:

I used your new filter set and now my transactions are linked to a specific referral source which is often "(direct) (none)" or just "FindGift - referral". How do I link it to a specific page from the referral source or from a specific term someone typed into Google? Thanks!

November 26, 2008 10:48 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Michele, The keyword should be included as long as you have that third filter that appends the Campaign Term. Note since there is no keyword for direct and referral traffic, you won't see a keyword associated with transactions resulting from these sources. I believe that the referring page is stored in the Campaign Content field, so you could add a fourth filter to append that as well.

November 26, 2008 11:16 AM

Mike said:

Hello there,

could you please tell me if is this function still needed in new (universal) analytics or last version of GA can recognize and match KW to transactions automatically ?

And if it cant, have any one right descriptions of filters, because pictures of here ones arent functional :(

Thank you very much.

Greetings from Czech


August 28, 2013 11:49 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: The pictures should be working now. They're likely a bit out of date, but the fields and regular expressions used should be the same.

August 28, 2013 12:49 PM

Mike said:

Im really sorry for bothering you again, but Im lost ... again :-)

Please, tell me:
- Should i have "auto-tagging" in AdWords acount ON or OFF ?

A- nd am I right if I suppose, that setting of metric import (also in AdWords) should be connected to profile with these filters ? Or to generic one ?

August 30, 2013 4:26 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: Turning on auto-tagging is recommended. It doesn't matter which profile you import metrics from since this filter set does not affect metrics.

August 30, 2013 8:02 AM

Tyson said:

You speak like custom fields are definitely coming back - is that the case?

February 18, 2008 4:31 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tyson Yes, you will be able to use custom fields again at some point in future. Google is aware of the issue and is taking steps to resolve it. I am merely giving this alternative so that we can still have this data in the meantime.

February 19, 2008 8:58 AM

Richard said:

Great, just read Shawns article. Simple to setup and should produce the association between referrer and transaction that is likely to save me a heap of time.

February 27, 2008 5:48 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Richard:

Thanks for reading! We actually use that method ourselves and have found it to be a great help. I hope it proves as useful to you!

March 3, 2008 9:29 AM

Winooski said:

If and when we're able to use custom fields again, would there be any reason to switch back to Shawn's original filter setup? If Jeremy's filters work equally well, I'd imagine we could just stick with those.

BTW, thanks *very* much for the workaround. We're trying it out today...

March 3, 2008 11:33 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Winooski: No, there would be no reason to switch back. Both filter sets function exactly the same. Similarly, once custom fields start working again, anyone using Shawn's filters shouldn't bother switching to mine.

You're welcome :)

March 3, 2008 12:57 PM

Marco said:

I just added these filters without success. Will the data be 'granfathered' into the previous transactions or only work from here on out?

April 25, 2008 2:17 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Marco:

These filters, just like all filters within Google Analytics, only apply to the data moving forward. Your historical data is not affected. In a day or two you should see results from the filters.

April 28, 2008 8:19 AM

Dan said:

The filters seem to be working fine, they are gathering the source, keyword etc but the unique transaction id no longer appears, it is just the source, etc.

Any ideas?

June 2, 2008 8:30 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Without seeing your setup, I can't say for certain what the issue is. I would double check the first filter and make sure that it matches the one I gave. Leaving out the parentheses on the first field or something like that could potentially cause the issue. You might also what to create a raw profile and see what the transaction id looks like without filters.

June 2, 2008 8:50 AM

Dan said:

@Jeremy:

I removed the filters and the tracking returned to normal. Our transaction ID's are simple unique numbers (TS-5373262).

The filters were exact, I triple checked them and got others to check for me.

Everything worked fine, except it overwrote the unique ID.

June 2, 2008 7:28 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Have you tried Shawn's filter set? It's function is the same as this one and should work fine now that custom fields are working again. There may be a temporary issue that's causing these to not work anymore. Also see this article which gives you a way to segment reports by transaction id, allowing you to get much of the same data without the need for filters.

June 2, 2008 11:22 PM

Tim said:

Hi Jeremy - I have an old website that we are redirecting all traffic to our new site. I would like to know which specific transactions are coming from the old site. We are using 301 redirects on individual pages. I tried your examples and it is not picking up the old website as the source or medium... Do you have any advice? Thanks

August 26, 2008 3:10 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tim: 301 redirects preserve the original referrer. So, for example, if someone finds your page in a Google natural search and is 301 redirected to another page on your site, they will show up in Google Analytics as google/organic. If you want to know how often someone is viewing one of your old pages, you could add a query parameter to the URL that you're redirecting to. You can then either search for that query parameter in your top content report, or put it in site search and track it as a secondary source.

August 26, 2008 5:33 PM

Michele said:

I used your new filter set and now my transactions are linked to a specific referral source which is often "(direct) (none)" or just "FindGift - referral". How do I link it to a specific page from the referral source or from a specific term someone typed into Google? Thanks!

November 26, 2008 10:48 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Michele, The keyword should be included as long as you have that third filter that appends the Campaign Term. Note since there is no keyword for direct and referral traffic, you won't see a keyword associated with transactions resulting from these sources. I believe that the referring page is stored in the Campaign Content field, so you could add a fourth filter to append that as well.

November 26, 2008 11:16 AM

Mike said:

Hello there,

could you please tell me if is this function still needed in new (universal) analytics or last version of GA can recognize and match KW to transactions automatically ?

And if it cant, have any one right descriptions of filters, because pictures of here ones arent functional :(

Thank you very much.

Greetings from Czech


August 28, 2013 11:49 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: The pictures should be working now. They're likely a bit out of date, but the fields and regular expressions used should be the same.

August 28, 2013 12:49 PM

Mike said:

Im really sorry for bothering you again, but Im lost ... again :-)

Please, tell me:
- Should i have "auto-tagging" in AdWords acount ON or OFF ?

A- nd am I right if I suppose, that setting of metric import (also in AdWords) should be connected to profile with these filters ? Or to generic one ?

August 30, 2013 4:26 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: Turning on auto-tagging is recommended. It doesn't matter which profile you import metrics from since this filter set does not affect metrics.

August 30, 2013 8:02 AM

Tyson said:

You speak like custom fields are definitely coming back - is that the case?

February 18, 2008 4:31 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tyson Yes, you will be able to use custom fields again at some point in future. Google is aware of the issue and is taking steps to resolve it. I am merely giving this alternative so that we can still have this data in the meantime.

February 19, 2008 8:58 AM

Richard said:

Great, just read Shawns article. Simple to setup and should produce the association between referrer and transaction that is likely to save me a heap of time.

February 27, 2008 5:48 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Richard:

Thanks for reading! We actually use that method ourselves and have found it to be a great help. I hope it proves as useful to you!

March 3, 2008 9:29 AM

Winooski said:

If and when we're able to use custom fields again, would there be any reason to switch back to Shawn's original filter setup? If Jeremy's filters work equally well, I'd imagine we could just stick with those.

BTW, thanks *very* much for the workaround. We're trying it out today...

March 3, 2008 11:33 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Winooski: No, there would be no reason to switch back. Both filter sets function exactly the same. Similarly, once custom fields start working again, anyone using Shawn's filters shouldn't bother switching to mine.

You're welcome :)

March 3, 2008 12:57 PM

Marco said:

I just added these filters without success. Will the data be 'granfathered' into the previous transactions or only work from here on out?

April 25, 2008 2:17 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Marco:

These filters, just like all filters within Google Analytics, only apply to the data moving forward. Your historical data is not affected. In a day or two you should see results from the filters.

April 28, 2008 8:19 AM

Dan said:

The filters seem to be working fine, they are gathering the source, keyword etc but the unique transaction id no longer appears, it is just the source, etc.

Any ideas?

June 2, 2008 8:30 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Without seeing your setup, I can't say for certain what the issue is. I would double check the first filter and make sure that it matches the one I gave. Leaving out the parentheses on the first field or something like that could potentially cause the issue. You might also what to create a raw profile and see what the transaction id looks like without filters.

June 2, 2008 8:50 AM

Dan said:

@Jeremy:

I removed the filters and the tracking returned to normal. Our transaction ID's are simple unique numbers (TS-5373262).

The filters were exact, I triple checked them and got others to check for me.

Everything worked fine, except it overwrote the unique ID.

June 2, 2008 7:28 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Have you tried Shawn's filter set? It's function is the same as this one and should work fine now that custom fields are working again. There may be a temporary issue that's causing these to not work anymore. Also see this article which gives you a way to segment reports by transaction id, allowing you to get much of the same data without the need for filters.

June 2, 2008 11:22 PM

Tim said:

Hi Jeremy - I have an old website that we are redirecting all traffic to our new site. I would like to know which specific transactions are coming from the old site. We are using 301 redirects on individual pages. I tried your examples and it is not picking up the old website as the source or medium... Do you have any advice? Thanks

August 26, 2008 3:10 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tim: 301 redirects preserve the original referrer. So, for example, if someone finds your page in a Google natural search and is 301 redirected to another page on your site, they will show up in Google Analytics as google/organic. If you want to know how often someone is viewing one of your old pages, you could add a query parameter to the URL that you're redirecting to. You can then either search for that query parameter in your top content report, or put it in site search and track it as a secondary source.

August 26, 2008 5:33 PM

Michele said:

I used your new filter set and now my transactions are linked to a specific referral source which is often "(direct) (none)" or just "FindGift - referral". How do I link it to a specific page from the referral source or from a specific term someone typed into Google? Thanks!

November 26, 2008 10:48 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Michele, The keyword should be included as long as you have that third filter that appends the Campaign Term. Note since there is no keyword for direct and referral traffic, you won't see a keyword associated with transactions resulting from these sources. I believe that the referring page is stored in the Campaign Content field, so you could add a fourth filter to append that as well.

November 26, 2008 11:16 AM

Mike said:

Hello there,

could you please tell me if is this function still needed in new (universal) analytics or last version of GA can recognize and match KW to transactions automatically ?

And if it cant, have any one right descriptions of filters, because pictures of here ones arent functional :(

Thank you very much.

Greetings from Czech


August 28, 2013 11:49 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: The pictures should be working now. They're likely a bit out of date, but the fields and regular expressions used should be the same.

August 28, 2013 12:49 PM

Mike said:

Im really sorry for bothering you again, but Im lost ... again :-)

Please, tell me:
- Should i have "auto-tagging" in AdWords acount ON or OFF ?

A- nd am I right if I suppose, that setting of metric import (also in AdWords) should be connected to profile with these filters ? Or to generic one ?

August 30, 2013 4:26 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: Turning on auto-tagging is recommended. It doesn't matter which profile you import metrics from since this filter set does not affect metrics.

August 30, 2013 8:02 AM

Tyson said:

You speak like custom fields are definitely coming back - is that the case?

February 18, 2008 4:31 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tyson Yes, you will be able to use custom fields again at some point in future. Google is aware of the issue and is taking steps to resolve it. I am merely giving this alternative so that we can still have this data in the meantime.

February 19, 2008 8:58 AM

Richard said:

Great, just read Shawns article. Simple to setup and should produce the association between referrer and transaction that is likely to save me a heap of time.

February 27, 2008 5:48 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Richard:

Thanks for reading! We actually use that method ourselves and have found it to be a great help. I hope it proves as useful to you!

March 3, 2008 9:29 AM

Winooski said:

If and when we're able to use custom fields again, would there be any reason to switch back to Shawn's original filter setup? If Jeremy's filters work equally well, I'd imagine we could just stick with those.

BTW, thanks *very* much for the workaround. We're trying it out today...

March 3, 2008 11:33 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Winooski: No, there would be no reason to switch back. Both filter sets function exactly the same. Similarly, once custom fields start working again, anyone using Shawn's filters shouldn't bother switching to mine.

You're welcome :)

March 3, 2008 12:57 PM

Marco said:

I just added these filters without success. Will the data be 'granfathered' into the previous transactions or only work from here on out?

April 25, 2008 2:17 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Marco:

These filters, just like all filters within Google Analytics, only apply to the data moving forward. Your historical data is not affected. In a day or two you should see results from the filters.

April 28, 2008 8:19 AM

Dan said:

The filters seem to be working fine, they are gathering the source, keyword etc but the unique transaction id no longer appears, it is just the source, etc.

Any ideas?

June 2, 2008 8:30 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Without seeing your setup, I can't say for certain what the issue is. I would double check the first filter and make sure that it matches the one I gave. Leaving out the parentheses on the first field or something like that could potentially cause the issue. You might also what to create a raw profile and see what the transaction id looks like without filters.

June 2, 2008 8:50 AM

Dan said:

@Jeremy:

I removed the filters and the tracking returned to normal. Our transaction ID's are simple unique numbers (TS-5373262).

The filters were exact, I triple checked them and got others to check for me.

Everything worked fine, except it overwrote the unique ID.

June 2, 2008 7:28 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Have you tried Shawn's filter set? It's function is the same as this one and should work fine now that custom fields are working again. There may be a temporary issue that's causing these to not work anymore. Also see this article which gives you a way to segment reports by transaction id, allowing you to get much of the same data without the need for filters.

June 2, 2008 11:22 PM

Tim said:

Hi Jeremy - I have an old website that we are redirecting all traffic to our new site. I would like to know which specific transactions are coming from the old site. We are using 301 redirects on individual pages. I tried your examples and it is not picking up the old website as the source or medium... Do you have any advice? Thanks

August 26, 2008 3:10 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tim: 301 redirects preserve the original referrer. So, for example, if someone finds your page in a Google natural search and is 301 redirected to another page on your site, they will show up in Google Analytics as google/organic. If you want to know how often someone is viewing one of your old pages, you could add a query parameter to the URL that you're redirecting to. You can then either search for that query parameter in your top content report, or put it in site search and track it as a secondary source.

August 26, 2008 5:33 PM

Michele said:

I used your new filter set and now my transactions are linked to a specific referral source which is often "(direct) (none)" or just "FindGift - referral". How do I link it to a specific page from the referral source or from a specific term someone typed into Google? Thanks!

November 26, 2008 10:48 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Michele, The keyword should be included as long as you have that third filter that appends the Campaign Term. Note since there is no keyword for direct and referral traffic, you won't see a keyword associated with transactions resulting from these sources. I believe that the referring page is stored in the Campaign Content field, so you could add a fourth filter to append that as well.

November 26, 2008 11:16 AM

Mike said:

Hello there,

could you please tell me if is this function still needed in new (universal) analytics or last version of GA can recognize and match KW to transactions automatically ?

And if it cant, have any one right descriptions of filters, because pictures of here ones arent functional :(

Thank you very much.

Greetings from Czech


August 28, 2013 11:49 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: The pictures should be working now. They're likely a bit out of date, but the fields and regular expressions used should be the same.

August 28, 2013 12:49 PM

Mike said:

Im really sorry for bothering you again, but Im lost ... again :-)

Please, tell me:
- Should i have "auto-tagging" in AdWords acount ON or OFF ?

A- nd am I right if I suppose, that setting of metric import (also in AdWords) should be connected to profile with these filters ? Or to generic one ?

August 30, 2013 4:26 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: Turning on auto-tagging is recommended. It doesn't matter which profile you import metrics from since this filter set does not affect metrics.

August 30, 2013 8:02 AM

Tyson said:

You speak like custom fields are definitely coming back - is that the case?

February 18, 2008 4:31 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tyson Yes, you will be able to use custom fields again at some point in future. Google is aware of the issue and is taking steps to resolve it. I am merely giving this alternative so that we can still have this data in the meantime.

February 19, 2008 8:58 AM

Richard said:

Great, just read Shawns article. Simple to setup and should produce the association between referrer and transaction that is likely to save me a heap of time.

February 27, 2008 5:48 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Richard:

Thanks for reading! We actually use that method ourselves and have found it to be a great help. I hope it proves as useful to you!

March 3, 2008 9:29 AM

Winooski said:

If and when we're able to use custom fields again, would there be any reason to switch back to Shawn's original filter setup? If Jeremy's filters work equally well, I'd imagine we could just stick with those.

BTW, thanks *very* much for the workaround. We're trying it out today...

March 3, 2008 11:33 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Winooski: No, there would be no reason to switch back. Both filter sets function exactly the same. Similarly, once custom fields start working again, anyone using Shawn's filters shouldn't bother switching to mine.

You're welcome :)

March 3, 2008 12:57 PM

Marco said:

I just added these filters without success. Will the data be 'granfathered' into the previous transactions or only work from here on out?

April 25, 2008 2:17 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Marco:

These filters, just like all filters within Google Analytics, only apply to the data moving forward. Your historical data is not affected. In a day or two you should see results from the filters.

April 28, 2008 8:19 AM

Dan said:

The filters seem to be working fine, they are gathering the source, keyword etc but the unique transaction id no longer appears, it is just the source, etc.

Any ideas?

June 2, 2008 8:30 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Without seeing your setup, I can't say for certain what the issue is. I would double check the first filter and make sure that it matches the one I gave. Leaving out the parentheses on the first field or something like that could potentially cause the issue. You might also what to create a raw profile and see what the transaction id looks like without filters.

June 2, 2008 8:50 AM

Dan said:

@Jeremy:

I removed the filters and the tracking returned to normal. Our transaction ID's are simple unique numbers (TS-5373262).

The filters were exact, I triple checked them and got others to check for me.

Everything worked fine, except it overwrote the unique ID.

June 2, 2008 7:28 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Have you tried Shawn's filter set? It's function is the same as this one and should work fine now that custom fields are working again. There may be a temporary issue that's causing these to not work anymore. Also see this article which gives you a way to segment reports by transaction id, allowing you to get much of the same data without the need for filters.

June 2, 2008 11:22 PM

Tim said:

Hi Jeremy - I have an old website that we are redirecting all traffic to our new site. I would like to know which specific transactions are coming from the old site. We are using 301 redirects on individual pages. I tried your examples and it is not picking up the old website as the source or medium... Do you have any advice? Thanks

August 26, 2008 3:10 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tim: 301 redirects preserve the original referrer. So, for example, if someone finds your page in a Google natural search and is 301 redirected to another page on your site, they will show up in Google Analytics as google/organic. If you want to know how often someone is viewing one of your old pages, you could add a query parameter to the URL that you're redirecting to. You can then either search for that query parameter in your top content report, or put it in site search and track it as a secondary source.

August 26, 2008 5:33 PM

Michele said:

I used your new filter set and now my transactions are linked to a specific referral source which is often "(direct) (none)" or just "FindGift - referral". How do I link it to a specific page from the referral source or from a specific term someone typed into Google? Thanks!

November 26, 2008 10:48 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Michele, The keyword should be included as long as you have that third filter that appends the Campaign Term. Note since there is no keyword for direct and referral traffic, you won't see a keyword associated with transactions resulting from these sources. I believe that the referring page is stored in the Campaign Content field, so you could add a fourth filter to append that as well.

November 26, 2008 11:16 AM

Mike said:

Hello there,

could you please tell me if is this function still needed in new (universal) analytics or last version of GA can recognize and match KW to transactions automatically ?

And if it cant, have any one right descriptions of filters, because pictures of here ones arent functional :(

Thank you very much.

Greetings from Czech


August 28, 2013 11:49 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: The pictures should be working now. They're likely a bit out of date, but the fields and regular expressions used should be the same.

August 28, 2013 12:49 PM

Mike said:

Im really sorry for bothering you again, but Im lost ... again :-)

Please, tell me:
- Should i have "auto-tagging" in AdWords acount ON or OFF ?

A- nd am I right if I suppose, that setting of metric import (also in AdWords) should be connected to profile with these filters ? Or to generic one ?

August 30, 2013 4:26 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: Turning on auto-tagging is recommended. It doesn't matter which profile you import metrics from since this filter set does not affect metrics.

August 30, 2013 8:02 AM

Tyson said:

You speak like custom fields are definitely coming back - is that the case?

February 18, 2008 4:31 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tyson Yes, you will be able to use custom fields again at some point in future. Google is aware of the issue and is taking steps to resolve it. I am merely giving this alternative so that we can still have this data in the meantime.

February 19, 2008 8:58 AM

Richard said:

Great, just read Shawns article. Simple to setup and should produce the association between referrer and transaction that is likely to save me a heap of time.

February 27, 2008 5:48 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Richard:

Thanks for reading! We actually use that method ourselves and have found it to be a great help. I hope it proves as useful to you!

March 3, 2008 9:29 AM

Winooski said:

If and when we're able to use custom fields again, would there be any reason to switch back to Shawn's original filter setup? If Jeremy's filters work equally well, I'd imagine we could just stick with those.

BTW, thanks *very* much for the workaround. We're trying it out today...

March 3, 2008 11:33 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Winooski: No, there would be no reason to switch back. Both filter sets function exactly the same. Similarly, once custom fields start working again, anyone using Shawn's filters shouldn't bother switching to mine.

You're welcome :)

March 3, 2008 12:57 PM

Marco said:

I just added these filters without success. Will the data be 'granfathered' into the previous transactions or only work from here on out?

April 25, 2008 2:17 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Marco:

These filters, just like all filters within Google Analytics, only apply to the data moving forward. Your historical data is not affected. In a day or two you should see results from the filters.

April 28, 2008 8:19 AM

Dan said:

The filters seem to be working fine, they are gathering the source, keyword etc but the unique transaction id no longer appears, it is just the source, etc.

Any ideas?

June 2, 2008 8:30 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Without seeing your setup, I can't say for certain what the issue is. I would double check the first filter and make sure that it matches the one I gave. Leaving out the parentheses on the first field or something like that could potentially cause the issue. You might also what to create a raw profile and see what the transaction id looks like without filters.

June 2, 2008 8:50 AM

Dan said:

@Jeremy:

I removed the filters and the tracking returned to normal. Our transaction ID's are simple unique numbers (TS-5373262).

The filters were exact, I triple checked them and got others to check for me.

Everything worked fine, except it overwrote the unique ID.

June 2, 2008 7:28 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Have you tried Shawn's filter set? It's function is the same as this one and should work fine now that custom fields are working again. There may be a temporary issue that's causing these to not work anymore. Also see this article which gives you a way to segment reports by transaction id, allowing you to get much of the same data without the need for filters.

June 2, 2008 11:22 PM

Tim said:

Hi Jeremy - I have an old website that we are redirecting all traffic to our new site. I would like to know which specific transactions are coming from the old site. We are using 301 redirects on individual pages. I tried your examples and it is not picking up the old website as the source or medium... Do you have any advice? Thanks

August 26, 2008 3:10 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tim: 301 redirects preserve the original referrer. So, for example, if someone finds your page in a Google natural search and is 301 redirected to another page on your site, they will show up in Google Analytics as google/organic. If you want to know how often someone is viewing one of your old pages, you could add a query parameter to the URL that you're redirecting to. You can then either search for that query parameter in your top content report, or put it in site search and track it as a secondary source.

August 26, 2008 5:33 PM

Michele said:

I used your new filter set and now my transactions are linked to a specific referral source which is often "(direct) (none)" or just "FindGift - referral". How do I link it to a specific page from the referral source or from a specific term someone typed into Google? Thanks!

November 26, 2008 10:48 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Michele, The keyword should be included as long as you have that third filter that appends the Campaign Term. Note since there is no keyword for direct and referral traffic, you won't see a keyword associated with transactions resulting from these sources. I believe that the referring page is stored in the Campaign Content field, so you could add a fourth filter to append that as well.

November 26, 2008 11:16 AM

Mike said:

Hello there,

could you please tell me if is this function still needed in new (universal) analytics or last version of GA can recognize and match KW to transactions automatically ?

And if it cant, have any one right descriptions of filters, because pictures of here ones arent functional :(

Thank you very much.

Greetings from Czech


August 28, 2013 11:49 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: The pictures should be working now. They're likely a bit out of date, but the fields and regular expressions used should be the same.

August 28, 2013 12:49 PM

Mike said:

Im really sorry for bothering you again, but Im lost ... again :-)

Please, tell me:
- Should i have "auto-tagging" in AdWords acount ON or OFF ?

A- nd am I right if I suppose, that setting of metric import (also in AdWords) should be connected to profile with these filters ? Or to generic one ?

August 30, 2013 4:26 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: Turning on auto-tagging is recommended. It doesn't matter which profile you import metrics from since this filter set does not affect metrics.

August 30, 2013 8:02 AM

Tyson said:

You speak like custom fields are definitely coming back - is that the case?

February 18, 2008 4:31 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tyson Yes, you will be able to use custom fields again at some point in future. Google is aware of the issue and is taking steps to resolve it. I am merely giving this alternative so that we can still have this data in the meantime.

February 19, 2008 8:58 AM

Richard said:

Great, just read Shawns article. Simple to setup and should produce the association between referrer and transaction that is likely to save me a heap of time.

February 27, 2008 5:48 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Richard:

Thanks for reading! We actually use that method ourselves and have found it to be a great help. I hope it proves as useful to you!

March 3, 2008 9:29 AM

Winooski said:

If and when we're able to use custom fields again, would there be any reason to switch back to Shawn's original filter setup? If Jeremy's filters work equally well, I'd imagine we could just stick with those.

BTW, thanks *very* much for the workaround. We're trying it out today...

March 3, 2008 11:33 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Winooski: No, there would be no reason to switch back. Both filter sets function exactly the same. Similarly, once custom fields start working again, anyone using Shawn's filters shouldn't bother switching to mine.

You're welcome :)

March 3, 2008 12:57 PM

Marco said:

I just added these filters without success. Will the data be 'granfathered' into the previous transactions or only work from here on out?

April 25, 2008 2:17 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Marco:

These filters, just like all filters within Google Analytics, only apply to the data moving forward. Your historical data is not affected. In a day or two you should see results from the filters.

April 28, 2008 8:19 AM

Dan said:

The filters seem to be working fine, they are gathering the source, keyword etc but the unique transaction id no longer appears, it is just the source, etc.

Any ideas?

June 2, 2008 8:30 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Without seeing your setup, I can't say for certain what the issue is. I would double check the first filter and make sure that it matches the one I gave. Leaving out the parentheses on the first field or something like that could potentially cause the issue. You might also what to create a raw profile and see what the transaction id looks like without filters.

June 2, 2008 8:50 AM

Dan said:

@Jeremy:

I removed the filters and the tracking returned to normal. Our transaction ID's are simple unique numbers (TS-5373262).

The filters were exact, I triple checked them and got others to check for me.

Everything worked fine, except it overwrote the unique ID.

June 2, 2008 7:28 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Have you tried Shawn's filter set? It's function is the same as this one and should work fine now that custom fields are working again. There may be a temporary issue that's causing these to not work anymore. Also see this article which gives you a way to segment reports by transaction id, allowing you to get much of the same data without the need for filters.

June 2, 2008 11:22 PM

Tim said:

Hi Jeremy - I have an old website that we are redirecting all traffic to our new site. I would like to know which specific transactions are coming from the old site. We are using 301 redirects on individual pages. I tried your examples and it is not picking up the old website as the source or medium... Do you have any advice? Thanks

August 26, 2008 3:10 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tim: 301 redirects preserve the original referrer. So, for example, if someone finds your page in a Google natural search and is 301 redirected to another page on your site, they will show up in Google Analytics as google/organic. If you want to know how often someone is viewing one of your old pages, you could add a query parameter to the URL that you're redirecting to. You can then either search for that query parameter in your top content report, or put it in site search and track it as a secondary source.

August 26, 2008 5:33 PM

Michele said:

I used your new filter set and now my transactions are linked to a specific referral source which is often "(direct) (none)" or just "FindGift - referral". How do I link it to a specific page from the referral source or from a specific term someone typed into Google? Thanks!

November 26, 2008 10:48 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Michele, The keyword should be included as long as you have that third filter that appends the Campaign Term. Note since there is no keyword for direct and referral traffic, you won't see a keyword associated with transactions resulting from these sources. I believe that the referring page is stored in the Campaign Content field, so you could add a fourth filter to append that as well.

November 26, 2008 11:16 AM

Mike said:

Hello there,

could you please tell me if is this function still needed in new (universal) analytics or last version of GA can recognize and match KW to transactions automatically ?

And if it cant, have any one right descriptions of filters, because pictures of here ones arent functional :(

Thank you very much.

Greetings from Czech


August 28, 2013 11:49 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: The pictures should be working now. They're likely a bit out of date, but the fields and regular expressions used should be the same.

August 28, 2013 12:49 PM

Mike said:

Im really sorry for bothering you again, but Im lost ... again :-)

Please, tell me:
- Should i have "auto-tagging" in AdWords acount ON or OFF ?

A- nd am I right if I suppose, that setting of metric import (also in AdWords) should be connected to profile with these filters ? Or to generic one ?

August 30, 2013 4:26 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: Turning on auto-tagging is recommended. It doesn't matter which profile you import metrics from since this filter set does not affect metrics.

August 30, 2013 8:02 AM

Tyson said:

You speak like custom fields are definitely coming back - is that the case?

February 18, 2008 4:31 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tyson Yes, you will be able to use custom fields again at some point in future. Google is aware of the issue and is taking steps to resolve it. I am merely giving this alternative so that we can still have this data in the meantime.

February 19, 2008 8:58 AM

Richard said:

Great, just read Shawns article. Simple to setup and should produce the association between referrer and transaction that is likely to save me a heap of time.

February 27, 2008 5:48 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Richard:

Thanks for reading! We actually use that method ourselves and have found it to be a great help. I hope it proves as useful to you!

March 3, 2008 9:29 AM

Winooski said:

If and when we're able to use custom fields again, would there be any reason to switch back to Shawn's original filter setup? If Jeremy's filters work equally well, I'd imagine we could just stick with those.

BTW, thanks *very* much for the workaround. We're trying it out today...

March 3, 2008 11:33 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Winooski: No, there would be no reason to switch back. Both filter sets function exactly the same. Similarly, once custom fields start working again, anyone using Shawn's filters shouldn't bother switching to mine.

You're welcome :)

March 3, 2008 12:57 PM

Marco said:

I just added these filters without success. Will the data be 'granfathered' into the previous transactions or only work from here on out?

April 25, 2008 2:17 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Marco:

These filters, just like all filters within Google Analytics, only apply to the data moving forward. Your historical data is not affected. In a day or two you should see results from the filters.

April 28, 2008 8:19 AM

Dan said:

The filters seem to be working fine, they are gathering the source, keyword etc but the unique transaction id no longer appears, it is just the source, etc.

Any ideas?

June 2, 2008 8:30 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Without seeing your setup, I can't say for certain what the issue is. I would double check the first filter and make sure that it matches the one I gave. Leaving out the parentheses on the first field or something like that could potentially cause the issue. You might also what to create a raw profile and see what the transaction id looks like without filters.

June 2, 2008 8:50 AM

Dan said:

@Jeremy:

I removed the filters and the tracking returned to normal. Our transaction ID's are simple unique numbers (TS-5373262).

The filters were exact, I triple checked them and got others to check for me.

Everything worked fine, except it overwrote the unique ID.

June 2, 2008 7:28 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Have you tried Shawn's filter set? It's function is the same as this one and should work fine now that custom fields are working again. There may be a temporary issue that's causing these to not work anymore. Also see this article which gives you a way to segment reports by transaction id, allowing you to get much of the same data without the need for filters.

June 2, 2008 11:22 PM

Tim said:

Hi Jeremy - I have an old website that we are redirecting all traffic to our new site. I would like to know which specific transactions are coming from the old site. We are using 301 redirects on individual pages. I tried your examples and it is not picking up the old website as the source or medium... Do you have any advice? Thanks

August 26, 2008 3:10 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tim: 301 redirects preserve the original referrer. So, for example, if someone finds your page in a Google natural search and is 301 redirected to another page on your site, they will show up in Google Analytics as google/organic. If you want to know how often someone is viewing one of your old pages, you could add a query parameter to the URL that you're redirecting to. You can then either search for that query parameter in your top content report, or put it in site search and track it as a secondary source.

August 26, 2008 5:33 PM

Michele said:

I used your new filter set and now my transactions are linked to a specific referral source which is often "(direct) (none)" or just "FindGift - referral". How do I link it to a specific page from the referral source or from a specific term someone typed into Google? Thanks!

November 26, 2008 10:48 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Michele, The keyword should be included as long as you have that third filter that appends the Campaign Term. Note since there is no keyword for direct and referral traffic, you won't see a keyword associated with transactions resulting from these sources. I believe that the referring page is stored in the Campaign Content field, so you could add a fourth filter to append that as well.

November 26, 2008 11:16 AM

Mike said:

Hello there,

could you please tell me if is this function still needed in new (universal) analytics or last version of GA can recognize and match KW to transactions automatically ?

And if it cant, have any one right descriptions of filters, because pictures of here ones arent functional :(

Thank you very much.

Greetings from Czech


August 28, 2013 11:49 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: The pictures should be working now. They're likely a bit out of date, but the fields and regular expressions used should be the same.

August 28, 2013 12:49 PM

Mike said:

Im really sorry for bothering you again, but Im lost ... again :-)

Please, tell me:
- Should i have "auto-tagging" in AdWords acount ON or OFF ?

A- nd am I right if I suppose, that setting of metric import (also in AdWords) should be connected to profile with these filters ? Or to generic one ?

August 30, 2013 4:26 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: Turning on auto-tagging is recommended. It doesn't matter which profile you import metrics from since this filter set does not affect metrics.

August 30, 2013 8:02 AM

Tyson said:

You speak like custom fields are definitely coming back - is that the case?

February 18, 2008 4:31 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tyson Yes, you will be able to use custom fields again at some point in future. Google is aware of the issue and is taking steps to resolve it. I am merely giving this alternative so that we can still have this data in the meantime.

February 19, 2008 8:58 AM

Richard said:

Great, just read Shawns article. Simple to setup and should produce the association between referrer and transaction that is likely to save me a heap of time.

February 27, 2008 5:48 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Richard:

Thanks for reading! We actually use that method ourselves and have found it to be a great help. I hope it proves as useful to you!

March 3, 2008 9:29 AM

Winooski said:

If and when we're able to use custom fields again, would there be any reason to switch back to Shawn's original filter setup? If Jeremy's filters work equally well, I'd imagine we could just stick with those.

BTW, thanks *very* much for the workaround. We're trying it out today...

March 3, 2008 11:33 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Winooski: No, there would be no reason to switch back. Both filter sets function exactly the same. Similarly, once custom fields start working again, anyone using Shawn's filters shouldn't bother switching to mine.

You're welcome :)

March 3, 2008 12:57 PM

Marco said:

I just added these filters without success. Will the data be 'granfathered' into the previous transactions or only work from here on out?

April 25, 2008 2:17 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Marco:

These filters, just like all filters within Google Analytics, only apply to the data moving forward. Your historical data is not affected. In a day or two you should see results from the filters.

April 28, 2008 8:19 AM

Dan said:

The filters seem to be working fine, they are gathering the source, keyword etc but the unique transaction id no longer appears, it is just the source, etc.

Any ideas?

June 2, 2008 8:30 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Without seeing your setup, I can't say for certain what the issue is. I would double check the first filter and make sure that it matches the one I gave. Leaving out the parentheses on the first field or something like that could potentially cause the issue. You might also what to create a raw profile and see what the transaction id looks like without filters.

June 2, 2008 8:50 AM

Dan said:

@Jeremy:

I removed the filters and the tracking returned to normal. Our transaction ID's are simple unique numbers (TS-5373262).

The filters were exact, I triple checked them and got others to check for me.

Everything worked fine, except it overwrote the unique ID.

June 2, 2008 7:28 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Have you tried Shawn's filter set? It's function is the same as this one and should work fine now that custom fields are working again. There may be a temporary issue that's causing these to not work anymore. Also see this article which gives you a way to segment reports by transaction id, allowing you to get much of the same data without the need for filters.

June 2, 2008 11:22 PM

Tim said:

Hi Jeremy - I have an old website that we are redirecting all traffic to our new site. I would like to know which specific transactions are coming from the old site. We are using 301 redirects on individual pages. I tried your examples and it is not picking up the old website as the source or medium... Do you have any advice? Thanks

August 26, 2008 3:10 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tim: 301 redirects preserve the original referrer. So, for example, if someone finds your page in a Google natural search and is 301 redirected to another page on your site, they will show up in Google Analytics as google/organic. If you want to know how often someone is viewing one of your old pages, you could add a query parameter to the URL that you're redirecting to. You can then either search for that query parameter in your top content report, or put it in site search and track it as a secondary source.

August 26, 2008 5:33 PM

Michele said:

I used your new filter set and now my transactions are linked to a specific referral source which is often "(direct) (none)" or just "FindGift - referral". How do I link it to a specific page from the referral source or from a specific term someone typed into Google? Thanks!

November 26, 2008 10:48 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Michele, The keyword should be included as long as you have that third filter that appends the Campaign Term. Note since there is no keyword for direct and referral traffic, you won't see a keyword associated with transactions resulting from these sources. I believe that the referring page is stored in the Campaign Content field, so you could add a fourth filter to append that as well.

November 26, 2008 11:16 AM

Mike said:

Hello there,

could you please tell me if is this function still needed in new (universal) analytics or last version of GA can recognize and match KW to transactions automatically ?

And if it cant, have any one right descriptions of filters, because pictures of here ones arent functional :(

Thank you very much.

Greetings from Czech


August 28, 2013 11:49 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: The pictures should be working now. They're likely a bit out of date, but the fields and regular expressions used should be the same.

August 28, 2013 12:49 PM

Mike said:

Im really sorry for bothering you again, but Im lost ... again :-)

Please, tell me:
- Should i have "auto-tagging" in AdWords acount ON or OFF ?

A- nd am I right if I suppose, that setting of metric import (also in AdWords) should be connected to profile with these filters ? Or to generic one ?

August 30, 2013 4:26 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: Turning on auto-tagging is recommended. It doesn't matter which profile you import metrics from since this filter set does not affect metrics.

August 30, 2013 8:02 AM

Tyson said:

You speak like custom fields are definitely coming back - is that the case?

February 18, 2008 4:31 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tyson Yes, you will be able to use custom fields again at some point in future. Google is aware of the issue and is taking steps to resolve it. I am merely giving this alternative so that we can still have this data in the meantime.

February 19, 2008 8:58 AM

Richard said:

Great, just read Shawns article. Simple to setup and should produce the association between referrer and transaction that is likely to save me a heap of time.

February 27, 2008 5:48 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Richard:

Thanks for reading! We actually use that method ourselves and have found it to be a great help. I hope it proves as useful to you!

March 3, 2008 9:29 AM

Winooski said:

If and when we're able to use custom fields again, would there be any reason to switch back to Shawn's original filter setup? If Jeremy's filters work equally well, I'd imagine we could just stick with those.

BTW, thanks *very* much for the workaround. We're trying it out today...

March 3, 2008 11:33 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Winooski: No, there would be no reason to switch back. Both filter sets function exactly the same. Similarly, once custom fields start working again, anyone using Shawn's filters shouldn't bother switching to mine.

You're welcome :)

March 3, 2008 12:57 PM

Marco said:

I just added these filters without success. Will the data be 'granfathered' into the previous transactions or only work from here on out?

April 25, 2008 2:17 PM

Shawn Purtell, Senior Web Analytics Engineer Author Profile Page said:

@Marco:

These filters, just like all filters within Google Analytics, only apply to the data moving forward. Your historical data is not affected. In a day or two you should see results from the filters.

April 28, 2008 8:19 AM

Dan said:

The filters seem to be working fine, they are gathering the source, keyword etc but the unique transaction id no longer appears, it is just the source, etc.

Any ideas?

June 2, 2008 8:30 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Without seeing your setup, I can't say for certain what the issue is. I would double check the first filter and make sure that it matches the one I gave. Leaving out the parentheses on the first field or something like that could potentially cause the issue. You might also what to create a raw profile and see what the transaction id looks like without filters.

June 2, 2008 8:50 AM

Dan said:

@Jeremy:

I removed the filters and the tracking returned to normal. Our transaction ID's are simple unique numbers (TS-5373262).

The filters were exact, I triple checked them and got others to check for me.

Everything worked fine, except it overwrote the unique ID.

June 2, 2008 7:28 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Dan: Have you tried Shawn's filter set? It's function is the same as this one and should work fine now that custom fields are working again. There may be a temporary issue that's causing these to not work anymore. Also see this article which gives you a way to segment reports by transaction id, allowing you to get much of the same data without the need for filters.

June 2, 2008 11:22 PM

Tim said:

Hi Jeremy - I have an old website that we are redirecting all traffic to our new site. I would like to know which specific transactions are coming from the old site. We are using 301 redirects on individual pages. I tried your examples and it is not picking up the old website as the source or medium... Do you have any advice? Thanks

August 26, 2008 3:10 PM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Tim: 301 redirects preserve the original referrer. So, for example, if someone finds your page in a Google natural search and is 301 redirected to another page on your site, they will show up in Google Analytics as google/organic. If you want to know how often someone is viewing one of your old pages, you could add a query parameter to the URL that you're redirecting to. You can then either search for that query parameter in your top content report, or put it in site search and track it as a secondary source.

August 26, 2008 5:33 PM

Michele said:

I used your new filter set and now my transactions are linked to a specific referral source which is often "(direct) (none)" or just "FindGift - referral". How do I link it to a specific page from the referral source or from a specific term someone typed into Google? Thanks!

November 26, 2008 10:48 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Michele, The keyword should be included as long as you have that third filter that appends the Campaign Term. Note since there is no keyword for direct and referral traffic, you won't see a keyword associated with transactions resulting from these sources. I believe that the referring page is stored in the Campaign Content field, so you could add a fourth filter to append that as well.

November 26, 2008 11:16 AM

Mike said:

Hello there,

could you please tell me if is this function still needed in new (universal) analytics or last version of GA can recognize and match KW to transactions automatically ?

And if it cant, have any one right descriptions of filters, because pictures of here ones arent functional :(

Thank you very much.

Greetings from Czech


August 28, 2013 11:49 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: The pictures should be working now. They're likely a bit out of date, but the fields and regular expressions used should be the same.

August 28, 2013 12:49 PM

Mike said:

Im really sorry for bothering you again, but Im lost ... again :-)

Please, tell me:
- Should i have "auto-tagging" in AdWords acount ON or OFF ?

A- nd am I right if I suppose, that setting of metric import (also in AdWords) should be connected to profile with these filters ? Or to generic one ?

August 30, 2013 4:26 AM

Jeremy Aube, Director of Engineering Author Profile Page said:

@Mike: Turning on auto-tagging is recommended. It doesn't matter which profile you import metrics from since this filter set does not affect metrics.

August 30, 2013 8:02 AM

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