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What Is FBCLID In Google Analytics?

Have you ever seen FBCLID  as a traffic source or medium in your Google Analytics before?

Do not panic. It is not an error.

What Is FBCLID In Google Analytics?

FBCLID means Facebook Click Identifiers. It is a tracking parameter automatically added to any outbound link from Facebook.

In the case of FBCLID, it tracks links in organic posts, not Facebook ads, unlike MSCLKID.

You can simply build UTM parameters for Facebook ads to track your campaign. This is one good attribute of a successful online ad.

[If for any reason your submitted Facebook Ad is stuck in review, read this guide to fix it.]

Further Learning: What are ABO and CBO in Facebook advertising?

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The Problem With FBCLID

FBCLID is a click identifier for respective platforms as explained above.

The problem with these click identifiers is that they create so many paths on one single page of your website in Google Analytics.

This makes your report complicated and it looks really untidy.

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How to remove FBCLID from Google Analytics

There are 2 ways to remove FBCLID from your Google Analytics.

  1. View Settings
  2. Filter Settings

The first method is easy and the second method is a bit complicated. However, I’ll explain both.

If you are not so technical, I recommend sticking with the first method.

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Method 1: View Settings

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Here, you’ll learn how to remove FBCLID from your Google Analytics via view settings.

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Go to your View Settings and add “fbclid” into the “Exclude URL Query Parameter” section. 

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Remember to separate each identifier with a comma. See the screenshot above.

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Related Article: What Is GCLID?

Method 2: Filter Settings

Here, you’ll find out what you need to do to exclude fbclid parameter using the filter settings.

Step 1:

  • Go to the admin panel (at the bottom left corner of your account.)
  • Click on All Filters to add a new filter
  • Name Filter using the Filter Name field
  • Next, Change the filter type to Custom
  • Now, select the Search and Replace option
  • Choose “Request URL” in the Filter Field
  • Enter the following expression within the Search String:

(((FBCLID)(=[^&#]*))+)

  • Leave the “Replace String” field empty.
  • Finally, Save changes.

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*This Filter will help you clean up your data and eliminate fcblid parameter that messes up your analytics.

Step 2:

  • Create another Filter and name it “tidy filter”. Use the steps above to create another filter.

*As soon as you create this Filter, you need to set up a so-called “tidy” filter. This filter will help to exclude the “?” or “&.”.

  • Enter the following expression within the Search String field:

([?&]$)

  • Leave the Replace String field empty.

*Ensure that your “tidy” Filter ranks below all your query filters.

*Remember that you can also remove all unnecessary URL queries by simply applying one Filter.

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Step 3:

  • Create another Search and Replace Filter (same procedure as before)
  • Enter the following expression within the Search String field:

\?.*

This Filter will help you remove everything that comes after the first “?” in the page path.

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Related: What Is MSCLID?

Conclusion

By now, you should have found a way to get rid of FBCLID in your Google Analytics.

It is essential to clean up your Google Analytics report by filtering these parameters out.

Remember that there are two methods to do this as explained above.

I recommend that you stick with the “view settings” method to remove FBCLID from Google Analytics.

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