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Channels don't add up

And I'm not talking about overlapping channels

8:28 pm on Feb 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I have an URL channel, 'example.com', and a custom channel, 'example skyscraper.'

Sometimes, example skyscraper has more clicks and earnings than example.com, yet example skyscraper is only ever used on example.com.

I have an explanation that I'd like to run past everyone.

When a user views a Google, MSN - or whoever's - cache of the page and click on the skyscraper, a click through is recorded for the skyscraper, but not for the URL channel, because the page is being viewed from a different URL.

This is making it difficult to compare totals between my websites.

10:34 pm on Feb 8, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Interesting theory. One way you could test this would be to search your access logs for "cache:", assuming you have access to your raw server logs. The should be entries for any style/javascript files that are included, or for images, with the "cache:" url as the referer.


3:11 am on Feb 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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mafew, I'm having the same problem. However, my tracking software shows that the clicks aren't coming from cached pages.

Sometimes, the amounts earned from non-overlapping channels don't add up to the total earnings for the domain - even though the clicks add up.

It's a mystery. ;)

6:34 am on Feb 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Wait can cache even have Javascript?