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  1. Tiggerito

    How to attribute PAID MAP Ads vs a ORGANIC MAP / GMB traffic

    I've just updated my article on this that now includes code that deals with Google Ads based links. Hopefully it's more helpful than my ramblings here. https://websiteadvantage.com.au/Google-Local-Business-Page-Tracking Edit: link added ~ djbaxter
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    How to attribute PAID MAP Ads vs a ORGANIC MAP / GMB traffic

    I'll see if I can. Google Ads by default will create trackable landing page URLs for Google Analytics. I believe in the early days they used the utm parameters, but now they use a special gclid parameter. Both methods enable Google Analytics to determine information like campaign name, source...
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    How to attribute PAID MAP Ads vs a ORGANIC MAP / GMB traffic

    I did a quick test of an ad here and the link did some 302 redirects and ended up sending a glcid value to the page. So by default Google Ads does pass tracking info to Google Analytics. I suspect utm parameters in the ads url might override that. I could not duplicate that specific ad to...
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    Apple Maps Traffic in Google Analytics

    Goog to know. In fact it's probably a good thing. This should mean that the only way that parameterised URL can show in GSC is when it is used as a link from a GMB listing.
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    Apple Maps Traffic in Google Analytics

    Do your pages contain canonical tags? Here's Google's announcement of the shift to reporting via canonicals. It indicates the reporting is based on Google's own choice of what is the canonical. https://webmasters.googleblog.com/2019/02/consolidating-your-website-traffic-on.html GMB is its own...
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    Apple Maps Traffic in Google Analytics

    FYI. If you also want to track GMB traffic in the GSC, you will probably find utm parameters (or any parameters) will not work. GSC now canonicalises the URLs in its reports, which means it is most likely that the utm parameter URLs will be canonicalised to the base URL.
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    Postcards not arriving

    Update. It's still a long battle, but I think we know how to avoid the missing postcard issue. I started getting each franchisee owner to create their own listings with the help of regional managers and some guides I wrote. This has a very good success rate on the postcards arriving. It's just...
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    Google now allows Site Owners to Customize the Search Results Snippets, but what can be customized?

    They also started reporting on video structured data in the Google Search Console. However I'm not sure how much influence SD has on the presence of video and image snippets. The snippet customisation is related to new laws coming in Europe. Using the snippet customisations or marking up in SD...
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    Apple Maps Traffic in Google Analytics

    You could see if hashed URLs or other parameters are allowed. e.g. https://example.com/local-page#AppleMaps or https://example.com/local-page?from=AppleMaps I do that, then use some JavaScript to rewrite the address to utm parameters before GA has a look at it. I then remove the utm parameters...
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    Editing GMBs WITHOUT Re-verification & Getting listings pulled?

    I've got away with quite a few edits while waiting for the postcard. Including changing the phone number. I did some very tentative tests at first. And I also sit waiting for that pending status to disappear.
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    BEST Practices for TRACKING GMB website Click throughs?

    You could use # instead of ? in the URL. That means it's technically the same page.
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    Google Merchant Center

    For ecommerce, shopping ad campaigns tend to work better than manually constructed campaigns. And shopping campaigns need the merchant centre set up.
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    GMB rating stars in SERP

    I think the guidelines have change. In the past I think the rule was only for specific rich results. Now it seems that third party reviews for local businesses is always against the guidelines.
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    Postcards not arriving

    They are Gardeners or Home Cleaners. Yes, the postcards should be sent to their private houses. It's a franchise business, and all customers initially communicate via a central phone number or website.
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    Postcards not arriving

    This is why I keep getting sent in circles. These are Service Area Businesses (SABs). No entrance, no signs. Support want me to get the business owner to make a video of their non existent office! I've had countless digital marketing people saying "Our tech department can sort it out, they do...
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    Postcards not arriving

    Just had another failed go via their support. The only option besides postcard I was given was to get the franchisees to make videos of their business. And they asked for details like a video of the office (that they don't have). I've requested two businesses from the new account to be reviewed...
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    Google keeps crawling and indexing URLs with 404 status code

    How are you determining that they are indexed? 410 is a slightly stronger signal than 404 and may cause Googlebot to check them less frequently once they have seen the 410 status. Having a valid xml sitemap can also push Googlebot to crawl your important pages more often.
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    Question Re: GMB Impressions in GSC and Analytics

    In GSC, the impressions clicks are always included from GMB listings. The advantage of using a special URL, like using utm parameters, is that you can detect if the impression/click was related to a GMB listing by the fact it is related to a unique URL. I personally add something like...
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    Google keeps crawling and indexing URLs with 404 status code

    Google will check pages it knows about for a long time. It does not mean they are in the search index. It just means Google is aware of them and wants to see how they behave every once in a while. If a page returns 404 or 410, then it is removed from the index. But Google will check every once...
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    Redirect https domain to another https website

    FYI, Googlebot does not worry about valid SSL. So over time it would re-crawl and update the URLs it indexes to the ones you redirect to. It was a good move to set up a free SSL in the meantime.
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