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Odd Parameters in Organic Landing Page Data

Discussion in 'Google Analytics' started by Mogo11, May 12, 2017.

  1. #1
    Hi!

    I'm recently employed at a new company and trying to make sense of their data.

    GA is reporting their top ORGANIC landing page as:

    /&q=keyword

    This same string is appended to most all of the landing pages in the report. But the same URLs WITHOUT the parameter also appear in the report for the same time frame.

    There are other odd parameters like:
    SEMrush
    &form_type=popup_phone_leads

    Appearing in the organic landing pages.

    The PAID data for landing pages do not have these. None of these URLS with the queries appear in SEM Rush rankings or in site inurl searches through Google.

    I created a new view free of filters and customizations and the data still appears this way. (In the real time report).

    I'm at a loss. What can I try to continue investigating this? I feel like the organic data is pretty useless with all this clutter. Any ideas?

    Thanks in advance,

    -Mogo
     
    Mogo11, May 12, 2017 IP
    SEMrush
  2. Aan Febriansah

    Aan Febriansah Member

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    #2
    That is good
     
    Aan Febriansah, May 17, 2017 IP
  3. brajeshyadav

    brajeshyadav Active Member

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    Hi
    Simple solution, open your GA and block all the parameters there,
    You will get right data then.
     
    brajeshyadav, May 18, 2017 IP
  4. maxt1967

    maxt1967 Member Premium Member

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    Go to Admin > View Settings > Exclude URL Query Parameters and input as a comma-separated list, e.g. "q, form_type".

    For reference: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/1010249?hl=en
     
    maxt1967, May 18, 2017 IP
  5. Mogo11

    Mogo11 Peon

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    Will this solution then combine those pages with the page version without the parameters (the correct url?) I don't want to lose the data as those URLs with the parameters are the top converting sub set of pages.

    Thanks for the replys!
     
    Mogo11, May 19, 2017 IP
  6. maxt1967

    maxt1967 Member Premium Member

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    So you don't want all the clutter added by the additional parameters, but you also do want all the clutter added by the additional parameters? Seems like you're stuck then.
     
    maxt1967, May 19, 2017 IP
  7. Mogo11

    Mogo11 Peon

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    No I just dont want to lose the data. I want /page and /page&popupwindow to be reported as /page
     
    Mogo11, May 19, 2017 IP
  8. maxt1967

    maxt1967 Member Premium Member

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    That's what Exclude URL Query Parameters will do.
     
    maxt1967, May 19, 2017 IP
  9. Mogo11

    Mogo11 Peon

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    Thank you just wanted to be sure it didnt just eliminate the data.
     
    Mogo11, May 19, 2017 IP
  10. sabashahidsf46

    sabashahidsf46 Greenhorn

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    You should open your GA and block all the parameters there but make sure you dont end up destroying all the data.
     
    sabashahidsf46, May 31, 2017 IP
  11. mpsmagoo

    mpsmagoo Greenhorn

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    #11
    well above comments, I am strongly agreed with them. you can get your old analytic data with the help of old parameters
     
    mpsmagoo, Jun 10, 2017 IP