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Need Help with Google Analytics Outbound Link Tracking JavaScript.

Posted on 2014-07-26
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Hello,

I have a blog and a plug-in that allows me to build bundles for Amazon items. I have the site track outbound links with the following javascript code to track in Google Analytics:

<script type="text/javascript">// <![CDATA[
/* Attach tracking to all download & external links */
var _gaq = _gaq || [];

function _gaLt(event){
        var el = event.srcElement || event.target;

        /* Loop up the tree through parent elements if clicked element is not a link (eg: an image in a link) */
        while(el && (typeof el.tagName == 'undefined' || el.tagName.toLowerCase() != 'a' || !el.href))
                el = el.parentNode;

        if(el && el.href){
                if(el.href.indexOf(location.host) == -1){ /* external link */
                        _gaq.push(["_trackEvent", "Outgoing Links", el.href, document.location.pathname + document.location.search]);
                        /* if target not set delay opening of window by 0.5s to allow tracking */
                        if(!el.target || el.target.match(/^_(self|parent|top)$/i)){
                                setTimeout(function(){
                                        document.location.href = el.href;
                                }.bind(el),500);
                                /* Prevent standard click */
                                event.preventDefault ? event.preventDefault() : event.returnValue = !1;
                        }
                }

        }
}

/* Attach the event to all clicks in the document */
var d = document;
d.addEventListener ? d.addEventListener("click",_gaLt,!1) : d.attachEvent && d.attachEvent("onclick",_gaLt);
// ]]></script>

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This code works great tracking most of my outbound links however the "buy now" button that this plug-in builds is not getting tracked. Can somebody show me what I need to update my code to to get it to track the buy now button on the following page?

http://www.largeoutdoorstoragesheds.com/blog/lifetime-8x10-storage-shed-windows-skylights-shelving-shutters-bundle/
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Question by:smower
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by:Ray Paseur
ID: 40222981
No points for this, but with a "buy now" button you wouldn't really be tracking clicks, you would be fulfilling orders, right?
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by:smower
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I wouldn't be fulfilling those. They are fulfilled by Amazon if the customer completes checkout at Amazon. I just want to know when people click that button. That button is created by a wordpress plugin so I don't know a way to modify it and need some on the fly JavaScript to tag it or something.
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by:smower
ID: 40245262
If I can't get the actual link, is there a way to just get an event that they clicked on the button?  It seems very doable but my javascript experience isn't that great.
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smower earned 0 total points
ID: 40247889
I discovered that this can be done with Google tag manager. I set up a click event tracking code and narrowed it down to the element ID.
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by:smower
ID: 40255154
I got it  working.
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