Google Analytics has a beta feature called “Intelligence”. I noticed it recently when I took a look at my blog’s statistics. Not a pretty sight since I stopped posting on a regular basis and lost Page Rank. Much of my blogging time was spent on my team blog over at BloggingWithSuccess. The other co-founder was occupied with studies and another has been missing for a very long time. I’ve also spent a lot of time converting some clients from traditional websites to WordPress content management, adding a blog for the first time. More about that later… Here’s where the new feature sits on the Analytics dashboard: A quote from the Google Analytics announcement late last year: Analytics Intelligence constantly monitors your website’s traffic. Anytime something significant happens, it adds an automatic alert in your Intelligence reports. If your bounce rate suddenly jumps on one of your referrals, Analytics Intelligence creates an alert. Of course, it’s up to you to go find out that the bounce rate jumped because someone inadvertently changed the landing page. But […]
It’s easy for a new blogger to forget that Google Analytics and other popular traffic monitors will record every visit, including your own. That is unless you specifically state “count me out!” You need to make that clear when you first install the tracking code. If you forget, you’ll be shocked to see so many page loads for your very first post. Then shocked again to realize it was just you finding those spelling errors, re-reading that great content, or going back twenty times to see if you have any avatars in your recent reader widget! This tip shows how to remove your sites from three of the more popular traffic monitors. What is your IP address IP stands for Internet Protocol and this is how statisics programs ‘know who you are’. The IP is a unique number associated with your computer’s connection that looks like ‘220.127.116.11’ (four sets of numbers with periods in between). I use What is my IP address and save it on my iGoogle homepage for easy reference. You can even […]
Feedjit provides a widget you can add to your blog to display incoming traffic. I originally had this live traffic feed in the sidebar, and tried to replace it with a link to a post containing the script (see update below). The widget does take up valuable space if shown on the sidebar (the height can not be customized.) Many bloggers use such space for ads or to push content. Although Feedjit loads very quickly, there is the potential of a slowdown or complete freeze — like most java script widgets, it’s hosted remotely and can fall prey to busy periods or other down time. Any increase in your page’s load time could mean a loss of first-time visitors, who may be impatient to begin with. I find the widget is fun and very useful for getting a quick update on most recent traffic and has the advantage of showing people who are not in any of the other social network widgets. The data for visitors who arrived via a search shows the exact term […]
Why traffic was rerouted here … or at least we attempted to! Update: The FeedJit script did not work as a separate post — it must be in the sidebar, effectively on each page the reader visits. So a scroll box was used to contain the data in a smaller space. See Peter Chen’s post on how to create a scroll box. I made the background white, the size 215 wide and 75 high to accommodate the live feed data using just a vertical scroll.