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Basic misunderstanding of concept

Asked by: ringleader 1677 views Third Party Ads

Hi,

I’m trying to generate tracking for my third party advertising links with AdvertPro.

However, I don’t understand the %%CLICKLINK%% and %%CLICKTAG%% concepts.

If I have links like this:

Click Here

that is a 120×600 banner, do I:
Make a Media of type banner.
Input the source link and redirect link as given above.

But then where do I use the %%CLICKLINK%% variable?
In the generated HTML code? As the Local HTML content?

I just can’t wrap my head around it.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. renegade_mike on Dec 12, 2007

    Usage of the %%CLICKLINK%% or %%CLICKTAG%% macros is only necessary when third party code contains <SCRIPT> or <IFRAME> tags.

    The code you have now contains neither of those tags, so it does not need any modification. You can either book it into AdvertPRO as a graphic banner or a HTML banner.

    To book it as a graphic banner, you would simply need to extract the Image URL and Redirect URL from the <IMG> and <A> tags respectively.

    To book it as a HTML banner, all you have to do is copy/paste the third party HTML code into the Local HTML Content box.

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  2. ringleader on Dec 12, 2007

    Ah, sorry, I have another similar ad with the code given to me as this

    <br /><script language="javascript1.1" src="http://adserver.adtech.de/addyn|3.0|257|1478358|0|1|ADTECH;loc=100;target=_blank;misc=[TIMESTAMP];rdclick="><br /></script><br /><noscript><br /><a href="http://adserver.adtech.de/adlink|3.0|257|1478358|0|1|ADTECH;loc=300;misc=[TIMESTAMP]" target="_blank"><br /><img src="http://adserver.adtech.de/adserv|3.0|257|1478358|0|1|ADTECH;loc=300;misc=[TIMESTAMP]" border="0" width="468" height="60"><br /></a><br /></noscript>

    Would this go in as a banner ad? Is the %%CLICKLINK%% used in that case?

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  3. renegade_mike on Dec 12, 2007

    This would have to be booked as a HTML banner because of the <SCRIPT> code.

    Here are the changes you need to make to the code (in bold):

    <script language="javascript1.1" src="http://adserver.adtech.de/addyn|3.0|257|1478358|0|1|ADTECH;loc=100;target=_blank;misc=[TIMESTAMP];rdclick=<span style="color: Red;"><strong>%%CLICKTAG%%</strong></span>"><br /></script><br /><noscript><br /><a href="<span style="color: Red;"><strong>%%CLICKLINK%%</strong></span>http://adserver.adtech.de/adlink|3.0|257|1478358|0|1|ADTECH;loc=300;misc=[TIMESTAMP]" target="_blank"><br /><img src="http://adserver.adtech.de/adserv|3.0|257|1478358|0|1|ADTECH;loc=300;misc=[TIMESTAMP]" border="0" width="468" height="60"><br /></a><br /></noscript>

    Most third parties will put an empty parameter at the ends of the URLs in their <SCRIPT> or <IFRAME> tags. You just need to append %%CLICKTAG%% to it. Make sure you test the ad after creating it though! Some third parties want an unescaped URL, in which case you need to use %%CLICKLINK%% instead.

    For <A> tags, it’s always easy — just prefix the URL with %%CLICKLINK%%

    Also, just in case you didn’t notice it, we have documentation for modifying many third party codes here: http://www.advertpro.com/docs/1.0/html/manual/thirdparty.html

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  4. ringleader on Dec 12, 2007

    That’s what’s in the support document for it.

    Do I put what you wrote in the quote below in the banner ad under Alternate HTML content?

    Because you’ve to input an image URL and a redirect URL for a banner ad.
    That part can’t have the CLICKLINK bit in it, so where does that go?

    That’s what I mean.
    It’s not clear at all.


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  5. renegade_mike on Dec 12, 2007

    You must have selected the wrong media type. When the new media wizard asks you to select a type, check the box for HTML underneath Banner. If you’ve selected the right one, the final step will only have three fields. One of them will be the Local HTML Content box where you can copy/paste the code and that’s the only field you need to fill out on that screen.

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  6. ringleader on Dec 13, 2007

    Ah, it’s finally clicked with me!
    That makes a whole lot more sense now.

    I was selecting Graphic Type Banner, since that was what was being displayed.

    Mooch-ass grassy-ass ;)

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