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Google indexing its own banner tracking urls!

11:59 am on Nov 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Google has indexed a page on one of my sites : /?utm_source=*referrer*&utm_medium=banner

Webmaster tools does not show any links pointing to this page. I've searched for the full url in "" and can't find it in Google.

So having ruled out an accidental or malicious link I'm obviously concerned that this is a dupe content issue apparently created by Google themselves!

I'm gonna notify Google but I plan 301 this tracking url to the home page; this shouldn't affect anything in Analytics should it?

6:49 pm on Nov 3, 2008 (gmt 0)

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This sounds something like another new report that just came in:


10:07 am on Nov 4, 2008 (gmt 0)

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This probably should go in the Analytics forum.

Anyway: yes, if you 301 this page it won't be properly counted by Google Analytcs (GA from now on).

The GA javascript checks the parameters in the URL and uses what it found to asign the campaign and etc. If the javascript doesn't load (when you do the 301) it can't check the parametres. If it does but there's no parameters, it won't be able to asign the correct campaign.

Solution: block your campaign URL's in the robots TXT. No link juice? Yes, no link juice. If anyone knows a way please post it.

BTW: they're not Google Banners, they're yours. You have control whether you want them to be indexed or not. Google has no right to decide it.


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