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Make Revenue With Your Own Banner Management System


In this article Mitchell shows us how to develop a simple ad campaign and management system using ASP and an SQL Server database.

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By: Mitchell Harper
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November 01, 2001
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. · Make Revenue With Your Own Banner Management System
  2. · Adding the banners
  3. · Saving the banners
  4. · The ASP to add the banner
  5. · The ASP to add the banner (contd)
  6. · Listing the banners
  7. · Deleting a banner
  8. · Displaying and tracking banners, impressions and click-thrus
  9. · The code in detail
  10. · Handling the banner clicks
  11. · Conclusion

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Make Revenue With Your Own Banner Management System - Displaying and tracking banners, impressions and click-thrus
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By now you should have created the four pages that I described in part one: addbanner1.asp, addbanner2.asp, banners.asp and delbanner.asp. You should save these pages in some sort of admin folder and use your Web server to configure the security permissions on this directory so that a username a password is required to access your banner scripts.

Having said that, I'll now demonstrate the code we'll use to retrieve a banner from our database, display it on our Web page and track both impressions and click-thrus for each banner.

Displaying a banner on your site:

No doubt you've been to thousands of Websites that display banners across the top of the screen. These could be 468x60 banners, 460x60, 215x125 etc. The point is that banners are the most popular form of advertising on the Internet.

To display a banner from the database on our site, four steps are required as pictured here:

Four steps to display a banner on your site

Create the following code and save it to a file called bannercode.asp

<%@ Language="VBScript" %>

<!-- METADATA Type="TypeLib" File="c:\program files\common files\system\ado\msado15.dll" -->

<%

function GetBanner()

dim objConn

dim objComm

dim objRS

dim strBanner_VirtualPath

dim strBannerHTML

dim intNumBanners

dim intRandom

set objConn = Server.CreateObject("ADODB.Connection")

set objRS = Server.CreateObject("ADODB.Recordset")

strBanner_VirtualPath = "/banners/"

objConn.Open "Provider=SQLOLEDB; Data Source=localhost;Initial Catalog=myAdStuff; UId=sa; Pwd="

objRS.ActiveConnection = objConn

objRS.LockType = adLockReadOnly

objRS.CursorType = adUseForwardOnly

objRS.Open "select count(*) from banners"



intNumBanners = objRS.Fields(0).Value

if intNumBanners = 0 then

exit function

end if

Randomize

intRandom = int(rnd(1)*intNumBanners)

objRS.Close

objRS.Open "select * from banners"

objRS.Move intRandom

strBannerHTML = "<a href='bannerclick.asp?bannerId=" & objRS("bannerId") & "'><img border='0' src='" & strBanner_VirtualPath & objRS("bannerImage") & "'<>/a>"

Response.Write strBannerHTML



objConn.Execute "UPDATE banners SET bannerImpressions =bannerImpressions + 1 WHERE bannerId = " & objRS("bannerId")

objConn.Close



set objConn = nothing

set objRS = nothing

end function

%>


Now, let's break down the unfamiliar code...
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