Tracking banners / ads generates too much pageviews

Hi all,

I need some advice regarding tracking of banners / ads. I’m currently working on a website which consists of ALOT of ads from it’s own system. I wanted to track ad stats through piwik, but did not come up with a perfect solution.

What i’ve tried:

  1. Track using customVariables ( e.g. BANNER_ ). Works, but there is a limit of 5 on custom variable. So if I have 15 banners, I would process them in batches of 5. This really leads to bad pageviews within the overall stats of the website.

  2. Track using custom page titles ( e.g. /banner//view ). But same with solution 1, very bad for the overall stats. Every banner is another pageview.

With a lot of ads on a page, it just generates too much pageviews. Worstcase: 5 pageviews per refresh. Yes this site has a lot of ads :frowning:

Any solution to this available?

Good point, See the feature request: Support Ping requests to report a better 'time on page' · Issue #2041 · matomo-org/matomo · GitHub