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1/18/13
Original Poster
Frank Zimper

Seeing weird visits to GTM URL

Hi,

I integrated Google Analytics and Piwik using GTM on a site with very little traffic. Since then I noticed the occasional visit in Piwik which is not recorded in GA. 
An example from today:

A Denton, Texas based user (according to GeoIP) using IE 7.0(!) on WinXP with a resolution of 1024x768 requested two pages "from my site". Both requests were for the URL https://gtm-msr.appspot.com/render?id=GTM-XXXX with XXXX being my site's GTM Id. The referrer for this visit is http://www.google.co.jp/search?q=www.googletagmanager.com+set_cookie. The IP address hints at Google.

Does anyone here know what these requests are for? Should I somehow filter them out in Piwik? GA seems to know that these requests should not be tracked. Why do they fire the tags anyway?

Another visitor today came from Mountain View today, according to the user-agent string using a Linux machine with Chrome 5.0(doh!). Though this one was also tracked in GA.


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Caleb Whitmore - Analytics Pros
1/18/13
Caleb Whitmore - Analytics Pros
GTM renders an iFrame for noscript tracking.  The URL on appspot is that iFrame content.  I suspect the data Piwik captures that GA doesn't capture is purely Bot traffic.  Which bot... that's a guessing game pretty much.

-Caleb
1/18/13
Original Poster
Frank Zimper
Hi Caleb,

thanks for the reply. I know that this URL is the iFrame content. What is so strange about it is the Japanese Google Search referrer and the fact that it uses various different user-agent strings.
Caleb Whitmore - Analytics Pros
1/18/13
Caleb Whitmore - Analytics Pros
That's the world of bot activity for you... 

-Caleb
Google user
2/11/13
Google user
Has anyone else seen this showing up in GA?
 
We've got a site where we're getting one visit per day on this keyword for the same URL quoted in the original post. Same deal, different user agent strings. All of it says the service provider is Google Inc.
 
We could filter it out ourselves easily enough, but it really shouldn't be showing up at all right?
Google user
4/15/13
Google user
On a small site I get:
 
"www.googletagmanager.com+set_cookie"
 
as a keyword in the Organic search report
 
 
and the page:
/render?id=GTM-QZN5
 
comes up in the Content > All pages report
 
Anyone who can explain why?
Honza Felt
8/16/13
Honza Felt
I have the same problem. In particular, "www.googletagmanager.com+set_cookie" is showing up as a term in organic search. Do you know what to do with it?
 
Thank you,
 
Honza
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