The Google Publisher Console
There are several ways to view the Publisher Console on webpages containing Google Publisher Tags:
- Before loading the page, append the query string parameter google_console=1 to your page's URL to make the Publisher Console toggleable using a keyboard shortcut (see below) or google_force_console=1 to cause the Publisher Console to display automatically after the page is loaded. For example:
After you’ve loaded the Publisher Console using any of the above methods, you can subsequently toggle it on or off using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+F10 (on a Mac, use Function+Ctrl+F10).
The Publisher Console has two main tabs that display page information: "Ad Slots" and "Page Request", as well as a settings page under the gear icon in the right top corner. These features are described in the sections below.The Ad Slots tab
The Ad Slots tab displays the following information:
- Publisher's DFP ID
- Creative size
- Time to fetch and render this ad
- Links to helpful debugging information
There are three links within the Ad Slots tab that help you find the most important information quickly:
- Open Ad Unit in DFP: Opens the ad unit in the "Inventory" tab in their network.
- Delivery diagnostics: Opens a new window with information about which line item is serving and the other line items eligible to serve to that ad slot.
- Open Creative in a New Window: Opens the creative in a new window.
The Page Request Tab displays the following information:
- Tag checker will show a green checkmark with the message "Page tagged correctly!" if there are no tagging errors
- Time to fetch and render ads
- HTTP user agent information
- Timeline of events in rendering ads, like the sequential view in a web proxy tool console
This tab can help troubleshoot why a page is loading slowly by showing the sequence of events that occurs during a page load.
From this tab, you can also reload the page by selecting one of the following options from the "Reload Page" drop-down:
- Reload the page normally (requests and renders ads)
- Reload without ads (does not request or render ads)
- Reload without rendering ads (requests but does not render ads)