The Importance of Website Statistics

Written by T Frady

One ofrepparttar best tools you have as a webmaster is your website statistics. The most popular site stats programs are Awstats, Webalizer, and Analog. Usually, they come free of charge and are accessible through your website's control panel provided by your web host. Awstats gives you valuable information like which file types on your server are getting hitrepparttar 150545 most, what page is gettingrepparttar 150546 most hits,repparttar 150547 number of hits you get from each search engine, search key phrases people are using to find you, and which sites are sending yourepparttar 150548 most traffic. All of this information is extremely valuable if you are going to have long term success with your website. Analyzing which keywords are bringing in visitors from search engines tells you what's working and what's not. You can then search Google and Yahoo usingrepparttar 150549 key words to find out what your position is for those key words, which is a lot faster than doing random searches looking for your site.You can see how many times visitors are pulling up 404 Document Not Found Pages. This might show you that it's time to customize your 404 page with links back to your site. No sense in losing visitors.

Getting started with RSS

Written by Jorge Gonzalez

RSS is probablyrepparttar biggest and latest buzzword amongrepparttar 150484 techies, just after blogs.
But what is RSS anyway and how can you start taking advantage of it?

RSS is a format to provide headlines and summaries of information in a simple and standardized way. Think of it as a distributable "What's New" for websites.

RSS is great for users because it saves users from having to repeatedly visit favorite websites to check for new content or be notified of updates via email. It can give a glimpse of a site's latest concrete contents (no design) in a second.

RSS is also great for site owners because:

  • The summaries of their content can be republished all overrepparttar 150485 web, which gets new links and visits torepparttar 150486 site.
  • They get more returning visitors, since users can suscribe torepparttar 150487 feed to keep up withrepparttar 150488 site's updates.
  • More profits: RSS feeds can contain ads, such as Google Adsense.

    RSS feeds can be used for:

  • Blogs entries
  • Forum entries
  • Articles
  • News
  • Events
  • Latest products / discounts / specials
  • Music (podcasting)

    An "RSS feed" it'srepparttar 150489 actual RSS file with headlines. To have a glimpse of how it looks like and what it can contain, we'll examinerepparttar 150490 feed from step by step:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1" ?>

    <rss version="2.0">


           <title>Self-Help Community</title>


           <description>Self-Help Community isrepparttar 150491 absolute online reference on Self-Help ...</description>


           <copyright>Copyright 2005 Self-Help Community. All Rights Reserved.</copyright>

           <lastBuildDate>Tue, 19 Jul 2005 07:33:57 GMT</lastBuildDate>


              <title>Engaging inrepparttar 150492 Moment for More Effective Living.</title>


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