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Using "URL Channel" To Track a Dynamic Script Page
bigdealioo




msg:3290977
 3:17 pm on Mar 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

Quote from https://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/answer.py?answer=13993&topic=152 :

"To track a script that generates multiple pages : enter the full path of the script, without the '?', in step 3 below. This will track example.com/sample.asp?keyword=one, example.com/sample.asp?keyword=two , etc.

Example : example.com/sample.asp"

My question is.. will it track for example site.com/script.asp?keyword=dog and site.com/script.asp?keyword=cat SEPARATELY or it will track all of URLs containing the script name in one "channel"?

Cause I'd like to track the URLs with the various script parameters separately. Do I need to set up Custom Channels for that?

 

joelgreen




msg:3291084
 4:39 pm on Mar 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

It will track all in one channel.

For example if have following url channels:

http://example.com/widget1/
http://example.com/widget2/
http://example.com/ - this one will track clicks on example.com, example.com/widget1/ and example.com/widget2/

I'd like to track the URLs with the various script parameters separately. Do I need to set up Custom Channels for that?

need to setup separate channel: url or custom (not sure though if url channel would really work in your case).

bigdealioo




msg:3291235
 6:42 pm on Mar 23, 2007 (gmt 0)

OK, thanks. So the next question is...

can I setup URL channels for URLs like this (each being a separate URL channel)?

http://www.example.com/abc.asp?parameter=1
http://www.example.com/abc.asp?parameter=2
http://www.example.com/abc.asp?parameter=3
http://www.example.com/abc.asp?parameter=4
etc..

[edited by: jatar_k at 8:37 pm (utc) on Mar. 23, 2007]
[edit reason] please use example.com [/edit]

leadegroot




msg:3292479
 12:02 pm on Mar 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

You can put any url you like in the channel creation fields.
I've never actually tried it with parameters on the end, but I imagine it should work.
Why don't you try it and let us know?

Its certainly not against TOS, if thats what you are worried about :)

joelgreen




msg:3295158
 9:01 am on Mar 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

can I setup URL channels for URLs like this

Yes, you can :) I tried and it saved url channel as I typed it (including dynamic part).

wheelie34




msg:3295173
 9:34 am on Mar 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

From the AdSense help pages

To track a script that generates multiple pages : enter the full path of the script, without the '?', in step 3 below. This will track example.com/sample.asp?keyword=one, example.com/sample.asp?keyword=two , etc.

Example : example.com/sample.asp

Send me your email addy and I will issue a money request from paypal for my $50 ;)

joelgreen




msg:3295225
 11:26 am on Mar 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

wheelie34, i believe OP is asking if url channels (like shown below) would track clicks separately
http://www.example.com/abc.asp?parameter=1
http://www.example.com/abc.asp?parameter=2

bigdealioo




msg:3295603
 6:21 pm on Mar 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

Correct, joelgreen. By the way, it does let you add a URL like abc.asp?paramter=1 I tried that already ... but it didn't work! It didn't track them at all. Did you actually try pouring a little traffic into them and seeing if they track?

wheelie34




msg:3295670
 7:41 pm on Mar 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

you'll find it doesn't work, I tried it with a php?variable=1 file a while ago, I haven't heard of any changes.

YMMV

joelgreen




msg:3295751
 9:10 pm on Mar 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

Strange. Why allow such url channels if they are useless?

bigdealioo




msg:3295825
 10:32 pm on Mar 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

OK, so I guess we kind of established here, that even though you can set up separate URL channels for these kinds of URLs.. drumroll.. they won't track (work).

Then the question is transformed.. to.. is there another way to use URL channels (as opposed to Custom channels) to accomplish the same thing?

leadegroot




msg:3295860
 11:28 pm on Mar 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

301 the page so
example site.com/script.asp?keyword=dog
appears as
example site.com/script.asp/dog/
or somesuch and then you can url channels?

bigdealioo




msg:3296113
 9:18 am on Mar 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

You mean redirect?parameter=dog to /dog? And then create a URL channel for /dog?

The whole point was not making the URL structure of my site a mess by creating a 100 different directories or html files (with same content), just so Adsense can track it.

wheelie34




msg:3296136
 10:00 am on Mar 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

he means URL rewrite so every parameter appears as a seperate page

leadegroot




msg:3296138
 10:17 am on Mar 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

*shrug*
Well you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs.
I'm not sure why you thought one url channel would give separate results - you get the total for all pages under the url for any other address.

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