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kwyword insertion in destination url

can I avoid "%20"?

     
8:48 pm on Mar 17, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I set up some campaigns using dynamic keyword insertion in the destination url. I am using it as part of my tracking id. Problem is when the keyword is two words or more and google replaces {keyword} with word%20word.

My tracking doesnt work with %20, so I only get the first word in my stats.

Is there a way to get the dynamic insertion to use an underscore, dash, or plus sign between multi-word keywords instead?

Any help is appreciated.
3:11 am on Mar 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

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It really depends on what you use on your end. If you're doing anything with the data being passed through, you can use some programming like PHP to replace strings.
Note that your problem has nothing to do with Google. If you check regular URLs, you'll find space presented by that string.
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Problem is, this is an affiliate url I'm using. I can't do any coding to make the %20 work. I was wondering if there is a way to get goole to use something alpha numeric instead, or dashes, underscores.

Looks like I'm sol and will have to continue creating a custom destination url for every keyword in my account.
7:46 pm on Mar 18, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Would it be that difficult to just place they keyword in the URL as opposed to using Google's dynamic kw insertion? I would think you could export your campaigns into excel and then use the concatenate excel function to insert your keyword into that place holder. You could then use find/replace to handle the spaces however you choose. It takes a few extra steps but I don't think it would take more than 5-10 mins to set up and it would solve your problem.
7:33 am on Mar 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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My tracking doesnt work with %20, so I only get the first word in my stats.


You said affiliate. So, is it your tracking, affiliate network tracking, or some kind of private partnership tracking?

I don't really care what is it, but in order for you to get the best answer, members need the right story.

Forget Google. As I said, that what you see is a standard.

In regards of dynamic insertion, as far as I know, that does not do anything super-duper. Dynamic insertion inserts keyword that triggered your ad to show, not the real query.
In other words, you could use your own coding with little help from Excel, as Channel01 suggested.

But, throwing away all of that for a second, it's really up to your tracking.

I see %20 in my variables all the time, and they regularly show in major affiliate networks' reporting.

So, what is "your tracking"?
5:56 pm on Mar 19, 2010 (gmt 0)

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"My tracking" was refering the the tracking stats provided to me by the sponsor. Sorry it wasn't clear in the original post.

Thanks Channel01. Very good idea to do it this way!