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deatailed adsense tracking scripts

any free scripts out there?

5:51 pm on Mar 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Been reading this board for a while now and I've seen this mentioned regularly: scripts to put on your server so you can see detailed overviews of what ads are clicked on what page, which ip, where it leads to,etc....

Now, are there any free scripts like this available?
And also, what's keeping Google from offering detailed reports like this?

Isn't it beneficial to both Adsense and it's publishers?
Clickfraud reporting, optimizing ads and placement,... wise.

6:07 pm on Mar 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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If Google let publishers clearly see which ads are clicked most and which make them earn most per click, a lot of publishers would fill out the ad blocking list. This isn't beneficial for Google for the long term because they first have to think about advertisers to keep the program running successfully.

The reason for limiting the number of blocked ad URLs isn't different. That's the stage 2 of inventory protection. So that even if you track the most money making ads, you can't block more than 200 low paying URLs. (Even though that's not the intention of the block list)

7:51 pm on Mar 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Well, I'd like some tracking, not to block ads, but to know what placements generate clicks and to have better logs/statistics.

I've read quite a few mention asrep as a good one - they even have a free version, limited in reporting though but still - you could try it out. I find a bit confusing to use, but I guess you'll get use to it by time.

I would like to know from your guys, what tracking you use - don't care much about the price as long as it's good.

8:51 pm on Mar 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Google's reply to me when I emailed them about if they allowed use of trackers was "At your own risk". You may not be happy with sharing a lot of details with third parites if it's a hosted tracker, and I understand some of them may have security holes in them that allow advertiser data that is meant to remain confidential to be publicly available. Also, Google did mention that yoou are responsible for any invalid clicks generated by using the script.

Having said that, I have found one of them useful for knowing what ads are clicked, but the ones I've looked at all have the limitation that they can't tell you what ads were clicked on from an adlinks results page. If a high percentage of your clicks are via adlinks then the data is useless.

None of them have the ability to tell you how much you earn per click, so using one of them to determine low payers is still guesswork.

I don't believe you can tell what ads (apart from MFA's of course) generate poor payments. In any case, dumping a poor paying non-MFA ad is likely to lead to a poorer paying non-MFA ad.

3:07 am on Mar 24, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I use AdSense Tracker by Jonathan Leger. It's not cheap but it give you about any stat you could ask for from the data that can be mined. The only thing I can think of adding to it would be charts of the data.

Of course, there is no epc or other price data that can be mined.