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Multiple search (category) parameters on the same URL

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I found this article,!topic/analytics/YAQBJMpo0ew, but because it is on the old platform I can not read it.
What I want to know is what happens if on the same url I have multiple search parameters like this: tea original&searchcategory1=Lifestyle&searchcategory2=Drinks&searchcategory3=Tea


We have set for Site search Tracking  the word "query"`as query parameter

and the words "searchcategory1", "searchcategory2", "searchcategory3" as Category parameters.


I read some rumors, that GA will track only the last search parameter. This would mean that I will have in my reports a search made for Search Term "green tea original" assigned to the category "Tea" and we will have no searches in this case reported for the Lifestyle or Drinks categories, right?




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June 2016

Re: Multiple search (category) parameters on the same URL

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Hi Anca,

by default both for category and term only one param will be evaluated and used. The post you were looking for is -!topic/analytics/YAQBJMpo0ew.

You have some additional options to concatenate the final search term or category by overriding the page dimensions.

So even if you real URL is tea original&searchcategory1=Lifestyle&searchcategory2=Drinks&searchcategory3=Tea you could actually send this to GA: tea original&searchcategory=Lifestyle|Drinks|Tea. This would require some additional dev time on your side where instead of:
ga('send','pageview'); you would send ga('send','pageview','/?query=green tea original&searchcategory=Lifestyle|Drinks|Tea/);.

Hop it helps.

Kind regards,
Web analyst @

Re: Multiple search (category) parameters on the same URL

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Hello, Thank you!.
Yes. I just needed the confirmation that only one parameter is sent. Meanwhile, thinking more about it, I realized it's also logic. In the search Term report there is the same amount of unique searches as in the Site Search Category report. So this means only one categ/search term is sent to GA.

As we have our implementation via GTM, I'll easily concatenate the categ params, as you also suggested.

Have a great day