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Tracking Individual URLS using URL Channels in Google Adsense

By Edited May 11, 2016 4 4

Google AdSense lets you track 500 URL channels

Adding URLS to Google AdSense

Every article that you write will have a unique uniform resource locator (URL). Google can track the performance of up to 500 articles (URLs) for you.

This article will show you to set up your Google AdSense URL Channels for tracking purposes. Firstly log in to your Google account, which will default to the home page.

Select the tab to the right of 'home' called 'My ads' and click URL channels (as shown here in blue). Now select this button with the blue '+' to add the new channel. 

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Button for New URL Channel to be added to Adsense

In the blank box that appears (2 samples are shown down below) you simply type in the URL of your article. To avoid typos it is better to cut and paste an address (URL) but make sure that you leave out the www and http as they are not needed. If the article is called 'my_new_article' then you enter it as I have shown here.

Adding URLs

You can enter several URLs at one time, always making sure that you use only one per line. Until you get familiar with the process you should stick with doing just one at a time. When you have completed the entries click the lower box marked 'Add URL channels' which is at the bottom of the pop up screen. You will receive confirmation as follows:

 'You currently have ## active URL channels out of a possible 500'.

Don't worry about mistakes as you can delete or emend them easily.

adding a new channel to adsense box
Adding new URLs to Adsense

The second example above is this very article being added. For this example, the URL for this article is:

 http://www.infobarrel.com/Tracking_Individual_URLS_using_URL_Channels_in_Google_Adsense

 

Viewing Google Statistics

Performance reports tab Adsense
Statistics for each of your entered URLs can be viewed under the 'Performance reports' tab. You will be able to access data on clicks, CTR and earnings for that particular article. It is also possible to graph the data and compare dates and earnings. You can look at trends over any date range but the default dates are 'today', yesterday', 'this month', last month' and 'all-time'.

History statistics

A full history from day 1 will be available. This allows you to see which articles are doing well. Further details cannot be shown here due to Googles TOS but if you follow these steps you will be able to see all of your own data when you log on. Do experiement with all the options available until you are happy with the view / chart / layout that you prefer. 

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Comments

Aug 22, 2012 10:12am
Introspective
Very good info,Tom! Thumbs-up!
Aug 25, 2012 2:48am
Tom_Carver
Thank you Introspective, I hope the information helps some of our new members. There is so much to learn when starting out.
Sep 11, 2012 8:00pm
JeanBakula
This is very helpful. Although I've been writing for some time, I am not really comfortable with the Google Adsense. I am going to try this good example. Thanks.
Sep 12, 2012 12:14am
Tom_Carver
I am glad that you found this guide useful, Jean. It can be very helpful when you want to distinguish between your articles. Adsense will be very specific as to which article earned and you can also add the image urls for tracking too as some clicks may come from your media pages.
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