Google finally added multiple channel tracking this past Friday. I've
about their poor tracking tools in the past, and this improvement
doesn't answer all my gripes, but it's better than it was before.
Of course now I have to change my page generation code to actually implement
Before multiple channels,
you just would say
google_ad_channel = "8338221560";
or whatever. If that ad generated income, that income would be shown
against that channel. So I'd have code that says something like:
$mych="8338221560" if $section eq "Linux";
$mych="3459225431" if $section eq "MacOSX";
google_ad_channel = "$mych";
But that's not enough. I want to know if the income came from a Linux
page, yes, but I also want to know if it came from one of my articles or
something written by someone else. And I want to know whether it
was an ad at the top of the page or the bottom and so on. With
only one ad channel, I could find out any of these things, but
I had to choose one and only one.
Well, now I can use up to 5 channel tags.
With the new setup, you have a format that specifies multiple channels:
google_ad_channel = "8338221560+2579359968+9929927590+5782134881+5000158698";
So my new code will probably look something like this:
push @mych,"8338221560" if $section eq "Linux";
push @mych,"3459225431" if $section eq "MacOSX";
google_ad_channel = "$mych+$mych+$mych+$mych+$mych";
It's a bit irritating that we're limited to 5 channels, but realistically
that's probably enough. I've started deploying this already, though
I probably don't have it exactly as I want it. Of course you can see
the ultimate effects by View Source on any page here.
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