Traffic analytics | Frequently asked questions
Last updated: January 19, 2023
Find answers and general information about the traffic analytics tools in HubSpot.
How often does HubSpot update analytics data?
In general, HubSpot refreshes its analytics data every 40 minutes. Learn more about how frequently HubSpot analytics update.
Why does my past traffic data seem to change over time?
In general, it's expected that your traffic analytics reports will update over time, as HubSpot will reprocess analytics data if it's able to gather more accurate data. Reasons that HubSpot would recalculate analytics data include:
- Merged sessions: when HubSpot is able to identify previously anonymous visitors with their website visits, HubSpot will attempt to merge any previous visits within the same session. For example, if an anonymous visitor navigates to your website on their computer, then opens your website on their mobile device within 30 minutes, HubSpot will initially calculate these as two distinct sessions. When that visitor later fills out forms and becomes a contact, HubSpot will attempt to use the visitor's cookie data to identify any previous activity. Those earlier sessions could then be merged, as HubSpot can identify them as being from the same visitor.
- Original source update: when a contact's original source is updated, either manually or automatically, HubSpot will then recategorize their previous traffic to match the new source. By default, the traffic analytics sources report excludes offline sources, so when a contact is recategorized, HubSpot will bring their data into your sources report.
Why was there a spike in direct traffic in the Sources tab?
There are several possible causes of a sudden increase in direct traffic in your Sources tab:
- Filtered IP addresses were removed or changed, and an internal IP address is now not blocked, leading to an increase in direct visits.
- Traffic from HubSpot emails were categorized in direct traffic because source tracking was disabled for HubSpot emails. Enable this setting for the traffic to be categorized.
- Emails were sent from a non-HubSpot email service that does not include tracking on links clicked in the email. Without any source tracking parameters, visits from these emails are categorized as Direct Traffic.
Learn more about why you may be seeing an increase in direct traffic.
How do I build a link for my campaign so traffic from the link is bucketed in the correct source?
Your HubSpot tracking URL builder can help you generate tracking URLs with specific parameters to ensure that visits are bucketed in the correct source. Learn more about creating a tracking URL.
What does "Unknown keywords (SSL)" mean?
In September 2013, Google made a change that encrypts the search results for its users. As a result, web analytics packages, such as HubSpot, cannot identify the keywords that generate organic search traffic from websites.
Visits originating from most Google searches are now bucketed under Unknown keywords (SSL) within the Sources tab.
For the Paid Search (PPC) category, if the visit originates from Google's HTTPS address (e.g., from users logged into their Chrome browser or other Google apps), you will see Unknown keywords (SSL) listed in the PPC category.
Why do I see 'Auto-tagged PPC' and 'Content network (Adsense or other)' in Paid Search?
- Auto-tagged PPC: HubSpot is able to detect that the visit was from Paid Search, but was not provided with a parameter for the campaign name.
- If you are using Google Adwords and have auto-tagging enabled, then HubSpot is not able to determine a value for the campaign from Google's auto-tagged URL.
- Learn more about separating your paid search visits by campaign when using Adwords.
- Content network (Adsense or other): visit came from a content network or HubSpot was not provided with the paid ad's search term parameter for the visit.
- In most cases, Adsense and other types of shared content network don't pass the search term in the ad's URL.
- If you created a tracking URL in HubSpot to bucket visits under Paid Search, the search term may also not be included in the ad's URL.
How do I block my visits to my website from being counted by HubSpot?
To prevent your own visits from being counted towards your website analytics, we recommend excluding traffic from your IP address.
What domains can I filter the Sources tab by?
In the Sources tab, you can only filter the data by the primary domains listed in your domain manager. A domain may be set as primary for blog posts, email, landing pages, or website pages depending on your product subscription.
How do I view form submissions from filtered IP addresses in the Sources tab?
To view form submissions from filtered IP addresses in the Sources tab, select the Include offline sources checkbox. Because the IP addresses are filtered out, no sessions are recorded and the contact's interactions will be bucketed under Offline sources.
Why is a customer not showing up in the Sources tab for the month they converted?
Customers are reported based on the month they first became a contact in HubSpot, not the month in which they were converted from a lead to a customer. For example, if a contact is added in March as a lead and closed as a customer in July, they will appear in the Sources tab and dashboard for March under the Customer category.
This analysis is from a closed-loop marketing perspective, where you can analyze the traffic sources that were most effective at creating customers in a specific time period.
Why does a contact have an original source of Email Marketing when they have never been sent a marketing email?
Possible reasons why a contact who has never been sent a marketing email from HubSpot may have an original source of Email Marketing include:
- The contact was forwarded the marketing email and accessed a link in the email to first visit your site.
- The contact received the email as a member of a distribution list and clicked a link in the email to first visit your site. For example:
- You sent a marketing email to a distribution email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Someone with the email address email@example.com is part of that distribution email.
- They click a link in the email and visits your site.
- When they convert, their Original Source Type property would be Email, even though the email was not sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The contact received the email in their inbox but submitted a form using a second email address, and their cookies were not tracked. This will create a new contact with the original source Email Marketing.
- The contact clicked a link from a non-HubSpot email that contained email tracking parameters to first visit your site.
Will deleting contacts remove them from the Sources tab?
Yes. If you delete a contact, they will be removed from the count of contacts or customers generated by a specific source in the Sources tab. Learn more about what happens when you delete contacts in HubSpot.
What happens when I change a contact's lifecycle stage back from Customer?
By default, the Sources tab will calculate customers based on the lifecycle stage of the contacts in your database. If any contacts who were already counted as a customer change to a different lifecycle stage, the Sources tab calculations for the customer and customer conversion rate reports will update.
Why is a blog post or page not appearing in my Pages tab?
A blog post or page may not appear in the pages report due to one of the following reasons:
- If the page or post was recently created, it may not have been indexed by search engines or received any visits yet. The page or post must have at least one view within the selected time frame.
- If the page or post was not created in HubSpot, the HubSpot tracking code must be embedded on the page for it to appear.
- Only HubSpot-hosted blogs and WordPress blogs with the HubSpot plugin installed will appear when using the Blog pages filter on the Pages tab. All other externally-hosted blog posts with the HubSpot tracking code installed will appear under All page types.
- The page or post is not part of your target domain or site domains, and has not received any views.
- If you changed an existing page's URL, it will be considered a separate page. You may see both the old and updated URLs represented, depending on the date range specified.
- If there is a canonical URL set for the page, views to the page will be attributed to the canonical URL. If multiple canonical URLs are in place, views will be attributed to the first canonical URL in your page's source code.
Please note: externally-hosted pages that are being tracked in the pages report are not automatically canonicalized by HubSpot. If you're seeing the same externally-hosted page listed multiple times in the pages report, work with your web developer to add a canonical tag to the head section of the HTML of your page.
Can I remove a specific page from the chart or table?
It is not possible to remove any pages from the report. The pages report shows historical data for every URL that has ever been crawled or received a view. Even if a page is removed or redirected, it will remain in the report to maintain the integrity of the analytics data for your website pages.
UTM Parameters tab
Why do certain parameters not appear?
If sessions with certain parameters are not appearing as expected, check the following:
- Check the time-frame you've set for the UTM Parameters tab. Sessions will only appear if the tracking URL has been viewed at least once during the time frame of the current view.
- Check that the HubSpot tracking code is embedded on the page that the tracking URL is linking to.
- Check that the tracking URL was created with the right parameters and correctly formatted URL.
- If you're visiting the tracking URL as a test, check that you are not visiting your website from a filtered IP address, so your visit can be tracked.
Please note: if a tracking URL is showing sessions in the Sources tab, but not under the expected bucket, learn more about how HubSpot categorizes sessions based on tracking parameters.
If you're using HubSpot tracking URLs in Google AdWords ads, ensure the following is done:
- Use the full tracking URL, and not the shortened tracking URL. Due to recent changes in AdWords ads, users will now need to use upgraded URLs.
- Insert your HubSpot full tracking URL into the Final destination field in AdWords ads, not the Destination field.
- The Final destination field will need to contain the same domain as the landing page URL. For example, if your ad's landing page is http://offers.yoursite.com/demo your Final destination field will need to contain yoursite.com.
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