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Adsbot visiting truncated destination URLs

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I have long destination urls filled with tracking parameters.  Lately, I have been getting errors from my web app with what looks to be truncated destination urls from Adsbot.  This bot is used to preview and score landing pages, but the URL they are attempting to access is incomplete compared to the destination URL that is inputted into adwords..  From the looks of it it is truncating my destination URL to 260 characters.  If the truncating happens in a particular position of the URL it can cause the URL to be malformed and therefore throws an error.

 

Anyone know  whats going on?

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Re: Adsbot visiting truncated destination URLs

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Hi Andrew,

 

I don't know about the AdsBot, but the destination URL is limited to 1024.

 

http://www.google.com/intl/en_us/adwords/select/steps.html

 

Pete

 

petebardo -- Deadhead doing AdWords

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I only get this error from the UserAgent AdsBot, So i'm under the impression that the real ads getting served are correct and have the full destination URL.  However, If AdsBot is receiving errors then this could be adversly affecting my quality scores.  

 

One other bit of information is that my destination url is set on the Keyword and not the Ad, and is using the url variable {keyword} which happens to be right where the truncating happens for this one particular keyword that is throwing errors.  so in my keyword may be "realtors in california", but the url that is getting requested which causes an errors is:

 

http://mysite.com?some_params=some_values&utm_term=realtors%20in%2

 

Notice that url was truncated in a bad spot.  The full url should have been:

http://mysite.com?some_params=some_values&utm_term=realtors%20in%20calfornia&more_params=more_values

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Hi Andrew,

I have the same problem; truncated URL's only from the ads bot.
Did you find a solution?

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I'm sorry to say I have not found or received a solution for this. I have been receiving less email alerts with this issue though. I kinda just forgot/ignored it. Keep me posted if you ever receive help from google.