How to use Google analytics on a parked domain

I have found a way to use Google analytics to track traffic on a parked domain by using a PHP conditional statement to check which domain a visitor is accessing your site with and to render the correct Google analytics javascript code based on the domain.

First, make sure to set up a Google analytics profile for each of your domains – both the domain your site lives on and each of the parked domains that you want to track traffic on.

Then added this PHP statement in your website where you would typically place the analytics code itself:

<?php
$firstUrl = "yourparkeddomain.com";
$secondUrl = "yourwebsitedomain.com";
$currentUrl = $_SERVER['SERVER_NAME'];

if($currentUrl == $firstUrl) { ?>
<script>
  //insert Google analytics script for your parked domain here
</script>

<?php } else { ?>
<script>
  //insert Google analytics script for your main website domain here
</script>  

<?php } ?>

I think this is pretty self-explanatory – the PHP script is checking the current URL that the visitor is accessing your site at against the different URLs you have defined in the PHP script and is loading the correct Google analytics script based off of that information.

I have found that this gives me a way to at least track the data of visitors who are landing on my site through parked domains.

Meet the author

Libby Fisher is an experienced freelance web developer, recently relocated from Seattle to Boston, and passionate about developing websites that are both aesthetically appealing and intuitively usable - or as she prefers: "beautifully effective."