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host = Not Set & Not = spam ...
On a website tracked using GTM, I am getting a lot of traffic without a hostname, normally I would assume spam but some of this looks like it is absolutely not spam, oddly though its not converting -

hostname = notset
landing page = /domain.com (or /www.domain.com)
Source = varied including what would be expected such email marketing sources, branded keywords etc...
Any suggestions ? - this is an unfiltered profile. 
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Using Hashes for parameters

In the past I have used GA tracking code and hash parameters rather than "?utm" is this something that can easily be done through GTM ? We have an issue where parameters are breaking the page :-( 
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Yeah, allowAnchor is actually true by default, so you can have

www.domain.com/#utm_source=test&utm_medium=test&utm_campaign=test

without any modifications to the GTM tag and it will be interpreted in GA correctly.

You can verify this by going to a site with these fragments in the URL, and the &dl parameter in the call to /collect will include the hash string, whereas with non-GA-related hashes (e.g. #test), the fragment will not, by default, be included in &dl.
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Maximum accounts in GWT (GSC)
Hi have heard conflicting information as to how many websites you have in a GSC acc, we have potentially a high amount which is far higher when you include both protocol variations and subdomains - any advice on the true limit appreciated.

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+Elisabeth Yates any help ? 
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Google My Business Reporting?
Looking to report on impressions, CTR etc.. on clients my business (google local) pages, is this possible through an API ?

Thanks!
Gerry 
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+Paul Bibby  good solution, for clicks only. Impressions is, in my eyes, more important as the intent is to view location details when on the move on a mobile.
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Measurecamp  - 
 
Would a session on creating automated reports through supermetrics, analytics edge, and Google docs be of interest? Including some interactive bits... avoiding the heck out of pivot tables ... 
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You've not met PowerPivot then ;-). Highly recommend you have a look. Advanced data modelling and columnar compression engine all in the familiar environment of Excel. 
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Comment Spam ? 
Seeing quite a lot of comment spam aimed at a clients site  (oddly along with three or four others with the same anchor text) - has anyone seen this and has anyone had Google 'penalise' you as a result. I am hoping Google are aware of this as an issue as it isn't the first time I have seen it but this time it is a lot more 'viral'. 
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It's comment spam aimed at the site, looks automated so a bit concerned about it becoming a full time job...

And as mentioned it's also got links going to other sites same anchor which is odd...

I've created a disavow file, fortunately despite the volume, minority of it is followed 
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Algo Impacts / SERP Changes  - 
 
Just seen that a client is going to be getting affiliate links directly into the domain rather than through a 3rd party ...

So, to avoid any issues - if these go through a /directory/ blocked in robots.txt that won't pass juice and so won't be an issue ... yes ?

Thanks!

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I don't think this is considered link schemes or answer 76465 would link to 66356. Suzy's carrot juice recipe isn't a link scheme intended to manipulate pagerank. If "bob" provided all the content with unnatural anchor links for each affiliate then you may have a point. I don't see that here, though.
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Hey - where does the reservations link come from, and if we owned the business could we control where / how it comes in ? Thanks!

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=pizza%20express%20holborn&oq=pizza%20express%20holborn%20&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.4549j0j4


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This is automatically added by Google and cannot be changed, but can be removed https://support.google.com/business/answer/6218037
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OK got a new client - on WebTrends, whilst I am sure it is lovely.... I am utterly confused and it seems like it was setup by many, many many different people - anyone know if there is an easy way to get out organic data by page, maybe by month in a simple way ? - thinking excel plugin but even googling that has been challenging! 
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I see you pretty much got the question answered. Just a few more things that hopefully would be helpful.

https://generator.webtrends.com is where you can generate the REST API URL. You use your the standard login details. When importing the data in Excel it is good to know that in the user name field you actually need to fill: account\user.

Webtrends Explore may be a good option to get the data but there isn't an easy way to get the data by month. And the login for Explore is not the same as your standard login details. You may need to ask your client to give you access to Explore. Generally, it works fine. It is something like GA custom reports but... lovely.
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General Questions  - 
 
Built something to track mediums into a cookie, except that when it comes to direct, it is obviously undefined, anyone know how on a conversion page to change "undefined" to being "direct" without addiing in more code ? or is that the simplest way! ? 
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Went with custom js! Cheers!
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Online Marketing guy, specialising in SEO & Analytics
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  • European SEO @ Farnell 
  • A data guy at the BBC - working on projects involving data, search personalisation and more ... This is coming to an end soon (or has already and I haven't updated this) to find out what I am upto now, ask me! 
  • Head of Analytics & SEO  Adfero (now Axonn)   
  • Analytics Guy at Razorfish (UK - Back when it was DNA, and then Avenue A | Razorfish) 

Probably won't add more than this ... Became a dad in 2009, which has changed my outlook slightly, and again in 2010! 

Please don't send me spam not interested... Cheers!

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