Track Copied Text SiteCatalyst Plugin

UPDATED: March 29, 2013 – Track Copied Text plugin version 2.0k

This was a bit of code that was in desperate need of an update, so thats exactly what it got. Here I have the updated version of the Track Copied Text plugin, version 2.0k.

Improvements with this version include:

  • The entire code has been completely rewritten and is now in a standard SiteCatalyst plugin format.
  • The ability to set any combination of eVars, props, events, or nothing but an empty custom link call.
  • Prevents copied text longer than 255 characters from being set in any variable (100 characters in a prop).
  • Prevents the same highlighted text to be copied multiple times in a row.
  • The ability to include or not include variables set in s.linkTrackVars or s.linkTrackEvents.
  • The ability to use a custom link name.

Implementing this version is quick and easy. First include the Track Copied Text plugin code below in your s_code file with all the rest of your plugins:

/* Track Copied Text v2.0k */
s.trackCopiedText=new Function("v","e","a","n",""
+"var s=this,x=arguments;s.ea=!1;if(!s.ea){s.ea=!0;!1;function t"
+"ct(x){if(!{var b=s.linkTrackVars,c=s.linkTrackEvents,d=',event"
+"s',g=h='',f,i;e=e?e:'';n=n?n:'text copied';if(a){if(b&&b!='None')g="
+",n);!0}};function gct(){if(s.d.selection){return s.d.selection"
+".createRange().text}else if(s.wd.getSelection){return s.wd.getSelec"
+"tion()}return ''};if(s.wd.attachEvent){s.wd.attachEvent('oncopy',tc"
+"t)}else if(s.wd.addEventListener){s.wd.addEventListener('copy',tct,"

Next add a call to the plugin in the s_doPlugins section of your s_code file (preferably near the bottom of the s_doPlugins section). The plugin call will accept 4 parameters, all of them being optional.


v = The variable’s that you would like the copied text recorded to. Insert as many as you would like, each one comma separated. Any copied text will be trimmed to 255 characters, except for props which will get trimmed to 100 characters.
e = The events that you would like to set when text is copied. Again, feel free to set as many as you would like, or you can choose not to set any events.
a = This is a flag that when set to 1 indicates if you have s.linkTrackVars or s.linkTrackEvents set on any page to also include those variables with the Copied Text function call. If this variable is not included then no additional variables will be included with the call.
n = This is the name of the call that will appear in the Custom Links report in SiteCatalyst. If this is not set then the default value of “text copied” will be used.


To capture the copied text in s.eVar20 and set event15 (this is how I have it set on this site):


To capture the copied text in s.eVar20, s.prop35, set event25, and include anything currently set in s.linkTrackVars or s.linkTrackEvents:


To capture the copied text in s.prop30 and use the custom link name of “visitor selection”:

s.trackCopiedText('prop30','','','visitor selection');

To just fire a custom link call when the visitor copies some text (not capturing the copied text or setting any events):


As with all code, make sure you fully test it to ensure it works with your site. Also let me know of any changes or additions you’d like to see with this plugin, and of any insights you were able to gain by using this plugin. I’d love to hear how its working for your site.


Original Post: December 21, 2009

To me Web Analytics is the science of analyzing visitor behavior in order to improve the Web Site for the purpose of increasing conversion. Anytime I can use web analytics to help the visitor find what they are looking for, I feel I’m doing my job. But lets say your visitors are finding what they are looking for, but it is just not as easy as it could be? How would I know?

One thing I have been playing with is to monitor what content my visitors are selecting and copying from the site. If I see a lot of visitors copying my email address, maybe I should make the contact form a little easier to be found. If I see a lot of copying of some sample code, maybe I should make it easier to download it, or include a pdf copy. But how do I find out how to capture what my visitors copy? Here you go.

This is all done by adding a plug-in and a bit of code to the s_code file. This code looks for any time some text is copied and sets it in a prop and fires an event. This will work if the visitor highlights text and goes the right click/copy route, or by hitting Control/Command + C. You will need either 1 eVar and 1 event, or a 1 prop to use. If you want to go the eVar and event route, take this code and place it some where BEFORE the function s_doPlugins(s) call:

var eventAttached=false; 
if(!eventAttached){eventAttached = true;
function trackCopy(){
var overrides = {'events':'event8','eVar18':getCopiedText()};
   	s.linkTrackVars='eVar18,events';'event8';, 'o', 'Text Copied', overrides);
	if(s.templtv) s.linkTrackVars=s.templtv;
	if(s.templte) s.linkTrackEvents=s.templte; 

Insert the eVar and event you are going to use where you see them in the code. If you decide to just use a single prop instead, then use this bit of code, again before the function s_doPlugins(s) call:

var eventAttached=false;
if(!eventAttached){eventAttached = true;
function trackCopy(){
var overrides = {'prop49':getCopiedText()};
   	s.linkTrackVars='prop49';, 'o', 'Text Copied', overrides);
	if(s.templtv) s.linkTrackVars=s.templtv;

Insert the prop you want to use where you see it set. Next take this code and put it in the plug-in’s section of the s_code file:

function getCopiedText() {
if (document.selection){return document.selection.createRange().text;}
else if (window.getSelection){return window.getSelection();}return '';}
if(document.body && document.body.attachEvent){
document.body.attachEvent("oncopy", trackCopy);}
else if (document.body && document.body.addEventListener){
document.body.addEventListener('copy',trackCopy, false);}}

What are we going to end up with? You will get a report that looks like this:
Copied Text Report

It’s pretty interesting to see what your visitors are choosing to copy. Now do I expect to find huge some game changing incite that will lead me to make a change to the Web Site that will increase my conversion rate 100% with this report? Probably not. Do I expect to find one more place that allows me to make another 1% improvement? I sure do. Remember, all those 1% improvements add up. ;)

Big thanks to kgs/ksmith in the Omniture Developer Connection for the original idea to do this.


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