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GCLID in Google analytics

What Is GCLID In Google Analytics?

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

Do not panic. It is not an error.

In this post, you’ll understand what GCLID  mean and how to get rid of them in Google Analytics.

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What does GCLID Mean?

GLCID means Google Click ID. It is a parameter appended to a URL being clicked from a Google Ad.

It is important to mention that GCLID tracks so many parameters that a regular UTM would not. However, the downside of GCLID is that it cannot be interpreted by any other reporting tool apart from Google Analytics.

No other 3rd party software can track the report conveyed in the GCLID.

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The Problem With GCLID 

GCLID is Google’s click identifier as mentioned above.

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

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This makes your report complicated and it looks really untidy.

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How to remove GCLID from Google Analytics

There are 2 ways to remove GCLID 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

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

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

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Method 2: Filter Settings

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

Read Also: How To Remove MSCLKID From Google Analytics

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:

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

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

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*Repeat the same procedure to remove MSCLKID and GCLID.

*This Filter will help you clean up your data and get rid of the GCLID parameters and a couple of others that mess 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.

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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Conclusion

By now, you should have found a way to get rid of GCLID 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 GCLID from Google Analytics.

If you still cannot fix it, drop your comments here or contact me for help.

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