How to Analyze Your Web Site Traffic

Written by Herman Drost

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Counting hits is notrepparttar same as tracking pageviews. It takes multiple hits to view a page.

Pageview/Impression – this isrepparttar 134419 number of times a page is accessed as a whole.

Unique View - A page view by a unique person within a 24 hour period.

Referrer - A page that links to your site. By looking at your referrers will tell you who's linked to your site. This can be particularly valuable for seeing where your search engine traffic is coming from.

User Agent - This refers torepparttar 134420 software used to access your site. Sometimes known as a "browser" or "client",repparttar 134421 term user agent can describe a PHP script, a browser like Internet Explorer, or a search engine spider like GoogleBot. If you can identify what software is being used to access your site, you'll be able to tell if users are abusing it, and whenrepparttar 134422 search engines last crawled your pages.

In Part 2 of this article series we'll look at some ofrepparttar 134423 ways to track your web site visitors.

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Is Your Web Site Held Hostage By Service Providers?

Written by Shaun Fawcett

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Well, my links didn't work for that entire weekend. Atrepparttar time, I did some research through my ISP that put me in touch withrepparttar 134418 gateway site for my service provider. When I contactedrepparttar 134419 gateway company by telephone, they advised me that my service provider's servers were dropping all connections and nobody there was responding!

It just so happens that that particular service provider prominently advertises "24/7" support service in all of their marketing copy! Well, I'm sad to report that not once that weekend did anyone at that company ever respond to one of my many e-mails or phone calls. It appears they all tookrepparttar 134420 weekend off and crossed their fingers that problems wouldn't occur. Unfortunately for their customers, problems did occur. So, effectively, my two sites were shut down for an entire long weekend because of that problem. There went another 5 to 10 sales!

To add insult to injury, these people never once contacted merepparttar 134421 following week to apologize forrepparttar 134422 inconvenience and loss of business they might have caused me (as well as to thousands of others, presumably).

Lost Weekdays. Lost Sales.

A couple of months ago,repparttar 134423 links to my "big name" payment processing company stopped working for an extended period of time. I found out later that they had experienced a major power outage that shut down their entire network. They were out of commission for somewhere between 12 and 20 hours. Apparently, they did not (do not?) have a backup power source in case of such an interruption! Duhhh, this isrepparttar 134424 year 2002 isn't it?

This is a major online payment processor I'm talking about here folks. Shouldn't such back-up be standard for a major payment processor? The implications of this forrepparttar 134425 small online business person were enormous of course: during that period, literally tens of thousands of dollars in sales were lost by thousands of that service provider's customers!

At least three more examples of such shoddy third party service provider incidents that occurred overrepparttar 134426 past year come to mind as a write this. But alas, I'm out of space.

Bottom Line. Don't Accept It.

If you use third party services for anything like link tracking or payment processing, don't assume that things are always running along smoothly on "automatic pilot" as some ofrepparttar 134427 Internet gurus would lead you to believe.

Be constantly vigilant, and when you discover a problem, soundrepparttar 134428 alarm right away, and don't let your "service" provider offrepparttar 134429 hook untilrepparttar 134430 problem is fixed.

If you get any kind of "run-around" at all, head forrepparttar 134431 major message boards and discussion forums. That should get them to take you a bit more seriously in a hurry.

Finally, whatever you do, DO NOT acceptrepparttar 134432 type of third party service breakdowns that I describe above. They wouldn't be acceptable in offline business, so why should we accept them online?

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