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August 6th, 2005, 03:10 PM #1AWSTATS Question
If somebody could point out to me how to differentiate a PPC link to my website versus a natural SERP link using AWSTATS I would surely appreciate it.
Some of the links clearly show GoogleSyndication or GoogleAds, but some of the more content related AdWords clicks I can't easily figure out.
Is there a way?
August 7th, 2005, 06:44 AM #2
I am not sure if you can with AwStats, you should get some log analyzer software and analyze your raw logs.
You could try using "?fromPPC" in URLs to find out which came from PPCs. Just add ?fromPPC to every link in your PPC programs. For example instead of
use this URL in PPC ads
Or you can make a copy of your landing page and add "ppc" to the name or something. For example instead of
use this copy for PPC ads
You should then see these URLs in your AwStats.
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August 8th, 2005, 08:57 AM #3
Great idea. Thanks. I should have thought of that myself
August 8th, 2005, 11:36 AM #4
Quick question, since I'm no expert. Will adding ?fromPPC in my AdWords URLs change the actual route? IE, will I have to build a "www.mysite.com/thepageimadvertising?fromppc", or will it automatically end up at "www.mysite.com/thepageimadvertising"
Thanks in advance...
August 8th, 2005, 12:37 PM #5
?fromPPC is for tracking only and will not change your URL...
that's my2cents, 'cuz I'm a legend in my own mind....
August 8th, 2005, 01:51 PM #6
Thank you. I'm now a smidge less ignorant...
August 8th, 2005, 03:31 PM #7
The question mark (?) is not read by browsers; as far as browsers are concerned, the URL ends at the question mark, but the remainder of the link is used for server functions, tracking, etc.
I'm still amazed at some of the URLs I see, lots of forward slashes and other symbols. Confusing to say the least. I prefer simplicity, easier for the end user and me as well.
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