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Old 04-30-2014, 09:06 PM
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Using UTM Parameters

You may have seen these tracking codes in urls. I know quite a few of the RSS feeds I follow use them.

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http://www.searchenginejournal.com/smssummit-2014-chicago-recap-humanizing-brand-social-media-ramon_deleon/103935/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+SearchEngineJournal+%28Search+Engine+Journal%29
Not only do they use Feedburner in their RSS feed, they add the UTM coding to the url also.

If you want to know about UTM parameters and how to add UTM parameters to your urls read this: Tracking Marketing Success Using UTM Parameters

That is all fine and good wanting to track the source of your visits but it is a pain when someone wants to share the url from the address bar and provide the actual source url w/o the tracking because others that visit the link will not be sourcing the link the same way.

Does anyone know how to rewrite the url after it has been counted so the url is presented as the actual url to the visitor?
 
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You can Google "wistia fresh-url" and install their script on your website. It will do exactly what you are asking for.

You can try visiting [removed] to see it in action (Disclaimer: It goes to my app with UTM parameters)

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That wistia thing claims to do exactly what I was thinking but couldn't figure out how to do LOL

It's javascript, so it will fail with people using noscript and such, but looks like it will work for everyone else. I think I would test it thoroughly to make sure it's not losing any tracking info or doing anything else scary with it - it makes me nervous to put such important info in the hands of a 3rd party javascript.
 
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It does seem to work on my site without any problems (at least not the ones I've seen). But yeah, need to make sure that it's not ruining all your marketing and tagging efforts.
 
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