Google No Longer Allowing Tracking Numbers In GMB?


Dan Foland

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Per my twitter thread earlier:
We had a few listings that use tracking numbers to see the full scope of how many people call from GMB/maps.
The tracking numbers were constantly getting removed and replaced with the original number, so we decided to reach out to GMB support.

This is the first time I've seen Google directly say tracking numbers are not allowed.

Here's the conversation:
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Thoughts?
 

Brian Bender

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Interesting, @Dan Foland. Funny the rep should say that, because "per policy" Google doesn't say anything about tracking numbers. The guidelines say to "use a local phone number instead of central, call center helpline number whenever possible."

Then again, GMB reps say a lot of crazy stuff.
This is true, but there's a bullet point right under that one that may give us more insight into Google's thoughts on call tracking within GMB. Here's what it says (I bolded the parts that particularly pertain to the situation in this thread):
  • Do not provide phone numbers or URLs that redirect or "refer" users to landing pages or phone numbers other than those of the actual business, including pages created on social media sites.

    Still ambiguous, but that could be what the GMB rep is/was referring to.
 
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Wow - disaster averted. Sorry I run lead capture and lead tracking platform and we've always been advising agencies to use our Call Tracking for GMB. This scared the Beejbus out of me. Love the Google Follow up tweet. They're so on top of things!

Do you mind if I turn this into a little blog post? Happy to give credit where credit is do in the form of links if you want them :)
 
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To elaborate, I mean isn't the point of NAP to be identical across the internet? So if most of the citations say 1800-111-2222, and then the GMB number shows 1855-999-8888... isn't that bad?
 

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