Analytics, Google Analytics

Setting up UTM Parameters in Google Analytics

There are various ways to understand the source of customer traffic to your website. Some of the most common ones are enumerated here. Please make sure to add UTM parameters to all sources of traffic that you control. Otherwise, Google Analytics will put them all in the “direct/none” catchall bucket and source attribution will become much harder.

For the Google marketing products, UTM parameters are set by default. You have to actually un-set them so that is not an issue.

To see this at work in Google Ads please go into the account and click on the settings menu on the left. In the dropdown, click on Account Settings and you will see this picture

Account settings and UTM

As you can see auto-tagging(UTM is called that here) is enabled by default. Please keep it this way.

For Facebook, you should set UTM parameters on every ad. How to set them is described in detail in this video.

For Bing, you need to go into Account Settings and turn UTM parameters ON ( in yellow highlights) as shown in the picture below

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What about other sources(e.g. affiliates, email, etc.) that you may need to track?

For those, we can use a very handy tool built by Google: https://ga-dev-tools.appspot.com/campaign-url-builder/

Here is a basic guide on how to work in this tool.


For Website URL: Put in the landing page that you want traffic to come to e.g. https://www.albanyanalytics.com/blog

For Campaign Source: Please put in the source of the traffic. For example ‘Linkedin’.


For Campaign Medium: Please type in the medium that will be used to send traffic e.g. cpc or email.

For Campaign Name: Please use the name of a campaign that you will be able to see in Google Analytics > Acquisition > Campaigns > All Campaigns   

For Campaign Content: Unless you are running multiple campaign versions with the same vendor, you can leave this blank. You can also put in an ad name here if you need tracking at that level.

That should do it for UTM tracking. Please let me know if you have any further questions. I will be happy to help.