I'm rather confused...

I have a linode.com VPS which has been cloned recently, so the settings are the same between nginx servers.

One lives on a dev subdomain, one on a www.

I'm trying to run a google experiment on my live server, which claims:

Web server rejects utm_expid. Your server doesn't support added query arguments in URLs.

My logs show on the dev server where it works: - - [13/Sep/2012:13:33:45 -0700] 
    "GET /product/iphone-case/?utm_expid=25706866-0
    HTTP/1.1" 200 12521 "-" "Google_Analytics_Content_Experiments - - [13/Sep/2012:13:33:45 -0700] 
    "GET /product/iphone-case/?ab_reviews=True&utm_expid=25706866-0
     HTTP/1.1" 200 14679 "-" "Google_Analytics_Content_Experiments 

My production server shows google making a second request. - - [13/Sep/2012:13:34:49 -0700] 
    "GET /product/iphone-case/?ab_reviews=on&utm_expid=25706866-1 
    HTTP/1.1" 200 12104 "-" "Google_Analytics_Content_Experiments - - [13/Sep/2012:13:34:49 -0700] 
    "GET /product/iphone-case/?utm_expid=25706866-1 
    HTTP/1.1" 200 12122 "-" "Google_Analytics_Content_Experiments - - [13/Sep/2012:13:34:49 -0700] 
    "GET /product/iphone-case/ <--- A second request for some reason. 
    HTTP/1.1" 200 12522 "-" "Google_Analytics_Content_Experiments

I'm not sure how google determines why it needs to send a second request without the querystring. The original request has clearly sent a 200 OK status response.

Does anybody have any suggestions where to look next? The HTML (compared by diff) on the two pages is exactly the same.

  • I would be tempted to fire up wireshark and try to get a full capture of the requests/replies.
    – Zoredache
    Sep 13, 2012 at 20:46

1 Answer 1


I'm not sure what caused this; but it has been fixed now.

For anyone with similar problems, I can only suggest looking into the HTML document. I think my issue may have had to do with running a test on a development environment (dev.foo) and setting up a campaign as such; then moving that campaign to a live environment with the same tracking code.

Throw in a dash of issues with caching various versions of these pages and we have my problem.

I'm sorry I can't be clearer about it!

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