Click tracking no longer works because it is looking for googlesyndication in the URL
(06:29:22 PM) [raymond]: Humph, we've lost nearly all click tracking with out Google Ads over the last week or so.
(06:29:34 PM) ChrisNutting: In OpenX?
(06:29:40 PM) [raymond]: Yes
(06:35:56 PM) ChrisNutting: [raymond]: Did you change anything in your OpenX setup?
(06:36:10 PM) ChrisNutting: (or do you think google may have changed something...)
(06:37:24 PM) [raymond]: ChrisNutting: The every famous "We've changed nothing!" which in this case is true. But Google has made changes.
(06:37:34 PM) ChrisNutting: Hmmm
(06:37:57 PM) [raymond]: ChrisNutting: Trying to sort that out now, ( along with some other OpenAds issues )
(06:38:22 PM) held: google ads sucks lately anyway... the cpc dropped to an all time low for us.
(06:38:38 PM) ChrisNutting: Hmmm
(06:38:44 PM) ChrisNutting: good to know
(06:39:02 PM) ChrisNutting: (in the last week perhaps???)
(06:39:06 PM) [raymond]: held: We've done well with Google, our best performer to dat.
(06:39:10 PM) held: i wonder if they started to invalidate clicks through openx?
(06:39:13 PM) [raymond]: s/dat/date/
(06:39:25 PM) held: we did as well, until mid november or so
(06:40:25 PM) [raymond]: held: Humm... Dec 4th is when we really noticed a drop off. And Google seems to be less ads.google and more ads.doubleclick
(06:40:50 PM) ChrisNutting: ahhhhh
(06:40:53 PM) ChrisNutting: hmmm
(06:41:01 PM) [raymond]: held: We're not overly seasonal here, so... Not sure what the issue is.
(06:41:17 PM) ChrisNutting: maybe our ad-tracker needs to be updated to parse for ad*doubleclick*
(06:41:41 PM) ChrisNutting: (currently is scans for googlesyndication.com in the click/iframe and tracks those only)
(06:42:24 PM) [raymond]: ChrisNutting: Humm... is this a OpenX change or something we as the end users can change?
(06:42:50 PM) ChrisNutting: No, it would be a code-change in the google clicktracking plugin
(06:43:10 PM) ChrisNutting: (in OpenX)
(06:43:19 PM) ChrisNutting: (Potentially patchable)
(06:45:57 PM) [raymond]: ChrisNutting: Humph. I'm just a DBA, but I'm slowly learning about OpenX/Ads and general ad serving.
(06:46:27 PM) held: i'm only seeing googlesyndication.com, but maybe that is country related
(06:47:32 PM) ChrisNutting: [raymond]: Have you tried running a test click
(06:47:41 PM) ChrisNutting: and interrogating the data_raw_ad_click table...
(06:48:08 PM) ChrisNutting: (and HTTP headers watching for calls to yourdomain.php/openx/www/delivery/ck.php)
(06:49:14 PM) ***[raymond] blinks
(06:49:18 PM) held: have you logged into google.com/adsense to check if google still measures the clicks?
(06:49:41 PM) [raymond]: held: We don't use AdSense.
(06:49:54 PM) held: well obviously you do, if you have google ads?
This is a pretty huge issue for our users. What does the fix look like? How could we get this out there quickly?
--- lib/max/Delivery/google.php (revision 29884)
+++ lib/max/Delivery/google.php (working copy)
@@ -65,7 +65,7 @@
// Supported networks
$from = "@@OA_DOMAINS_PREG@@";
- $to = "googlesyndication\.com|ypn-js\.overture\.com";
+ $to = "googlesyndication\.com|ypn-js\.overture\.com|googleads\.g\.doubleclick\.net";
$ag = str_replace($from, $to, $ag);
It also seems like this issue is pervasive, and linked to many open (and closed) tickets:
Can we get some more info from the dev team as to how this bug (click tracking of adsense ads) is being dealt with? Is it likely a browser specific issue, as raised in the forum post above (http://forum.openx.org/index.php?s=&showtopic=503424114&view=findpost&p=85826), or what??
I looked again in the 'ox_data_raw_ad_click' table.
All clicks are coming from Opera 9.24 and Opera 9.50 .
It looks like IE and firefox clicks are not tracked.
Or there might be another explanation that I can't think of?
Recent posts indicate that Opera and IE8 are fine, but others do not register clicks
It might be that reports on the forum and this ticket are similar to ticket OX-4946
In that ticket, it appeared the issue is more often Flash and "banners which click into a new window" type banners are being delivered by AdSense, which are not trackable by OpenX
The URL being used here is "http://googleads.g.doubleclick.net/aclk?sa=.." and it's not using target="_blank" (opening in a new window) either..