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HI everyone

We use UTM tracking on our clients GMB listings and the UTM tracking keeps getting stripped from the URL. We reached out to GMB support as this has happened many times and no matter how many times we put back the tracking, updates takes it out

GMB support wasnt helpful and told my team member she had to "refer to analytics help "

Anybody have this happen before and know what the heck GMB support is talking about?
 
Are you using a tool like Yext to power listings? When I was using Yext, that's what the culprit was.
 
How are you managing GMB today? Through a tool or are you manually updating? Also if using Yext, why did you decide to not link GMB? Did you manually exclude it?
 
How are you managing GMB today? Through a tool or are you manually updating? Also if using Yext, why did you decide to not link GMB? Did you manually exclude it?

Manually. Login through GMB and manage directly. We didnt link GMB because we did it once for a big client and it caused huge issues in their GMB dashboard. Never again.
 
Interesting. What kind of parameters are you using? Can you share the string? I'm thinking maybe Google doesn't like format you're using. Usually it's been tools that have overwritten the parameters.

How many times have you updated the main website field? After updating a few times it sometimes sticks for me.
 
Interesting. What kind of parameters are you using? Can you share the string? I'm thinking maybe Google doesn't like format you're using. Usually it's been tools that have overwritten the parameters.

How many times have you updated the main website field? After updating a few times it sometimes sticks for me.


&utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=google-my-business&utm_term=549

I would say 4-5 times at least.
 
Like @Eric Rohrback said, it could be Yext if you are using that or any other 3rd party listing management service. Google may be editing the UTM code, but that is unlikely.

The other most common reasons UTM parameters are removed are Google is finding links without UTM parameters on other prominent websites, and changing the GMB listing. Another reason is a competitor is editing your GMB listing and removing the UTM.
 
&utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=google-my-business&utm_term=549

The first & should be a ?. (Unless there is more items before the &.

Also, test the full link in the browser. I had a client adding the ?utm after the trailing /slash and the server didn't redirect it properly which caused an issue. But, test your version to make sure it physically works.
 
The first & should be a ?. (Unless there is more items before the &.

Also, test the full link in the browser. I had a client adding the ?utm after the trailing /slash and the server didn't redirect it properly which caused an issue. But, test your version to make sure it physically works.

100%. The start of any string needs to be ?utm_ and not &utm_

That could be the cause of why the string keeps getting dropped. It's not formatted correctly.
 
The first & should be a ?. (Unless there is more items before the &.

Also, test the full link in the browser. I had a client adding the ?utm after the trailing /slash and the server didn't redirect it properly which caused an issue. But, test your version to make sure it physically works.

Good eye!
 
Its funny you guys said that! I did a side by side on various clients I saw that. I am going to have them change that and hopefully it sticks!
 
So a little more on this. The reason why it has a & rather than a ? is because the client already has a ? in their URL. Dont ask. Long story

IF we add the additional ? in the in the UTM it goes to a 404. But now Google apparently doesnt like that ampersand.

Any ideas to get around that?
 
I'm not sure if I understand correctly... this is the URL you have tried but generates a 404?


Is my example correct?


(How about trying with a URL shortener in GMB?)


Correct. When we add the ? it goes to a 404

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Bitly might be an option.
 
You have to jump through some hoops to use UTM tracking in URLS that already contain question marks due to your CMS. Try this method:

From: 14 Common Mistakes With UTM Tags (and How to Avoid Them)

5. Incorrectly using ‘&’, ‘=’, ‘?’ and ‘#’ symbols in UTM tags
Make sure you use a question mark (?) before the first query parameter and then separate all others with ampersands (&).

Example: https://example.com/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=paid+social&utm_campaign=summer+sale+2019

utm-tags-question-mark.png


In some cases, if your CMS uses question marks to show specific content, you might need to use an anchor character (#) instead of a question mark. URL builder helps you generate those links.

Bear in mind, if you use ga.js and you’d like to use the anchor character in your URL to tag your links, you need to set _setAllowAnchor to “true”. Otherwise, your campaign tracking won’t work.
 
We use utm tracking for our GMB's and we use Yext, What we had Yext do was to enable a GMB overide website field. We have one field for website in Yext that powers GMB and the other website field powers all the other citation listings. Did have a problem with Yext removing it, Until we enabled the GMB website overide field in Yext.
 

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