Saturday, February 5, 2011

DFP Small Business and Blogger - Javascript in Posts

Being fairly new to Blogger there are still some tips and tricks that are new to me, and maybe to you too.

When I first placed my DFP tags into the previous post they didn't work. Curious I thought! I know that Google is very big on stopping cross site scripting injection and figured maybe this was the reason why the code wouldn't work.

A further inspection of the code however showed a much easier issue to resolve as a user of Blogger.
DFP Small business tagging instructions tell you that you need to put the script loading code into the Header of your webpage, however in the case of CMS systems and blogging platforms like Blogger you can infact paste this code into the beginning of your post.

Here is the code as it should appear:
<script type='text/javascript' src=''>
<script type='text/javascript'>
<script type='text/javascript'>
GA_googleAddSlot("ca-pub-8884734375688780", "Training_Bunyip");
GA_googleAddSlot("ca-pub-8884734375688780", "Training_Cat");
GA_googleAddSlot("ca-pub-8884734375688780", "Training_Dog");
<script type='text/javascript'>
Here is the code as it did appear in my Blog:
<script type='text/javascript' src=''><br /></script><br /><script type='text/javascript'><br />GS_googleAddAdSenseService("ca-pub-8884734375688780");<br />GS_googleEnableAllServices();<br /></script><br /><script type='text/javascript'><br />GA_googleAddSlot("ca-pub-8884734375688780", "Training_Bunyip");<br />GA_googleAddSlot("ca-pub-8884734375688780", "Training_Cat");<br />GA_googleAddSlot("ca-pub-8884734375688780", "Training_Dog");<br /></script><br /><script type='text/javascript'><br />GA_googleFetchAds();<br /></script><br />
The issue is all the additional line breaks, that is when I had tried to cut and paste the scripting code into the post Blogger had inserted this code into my code automatically:
<br />
This causes the browser to parse the Javascript as HTML rather than Jscript and so the ad placements fail to work because the Javascript pre-loaders are not running.
The good news is that this is really easy to fix!
Go to the dashboard of your Blog and go to the "Settings" tab and then the "Formatting" tab:

Make sure that your "Convert Line Breaks" setting is changed to No like so:
Voila! Your in post Javascript now works as intended and you can put DoubleClick for Publishers ad tags into your Blogger posts!

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