Category Archives: Web Analytics

Do Our Web Analytics Reveal the Complete Picture?

Thoughts on “Dark Social” and related posts that have been surfacing lately.

Do Our Web Analytics Reveal the Complete Picture?

Looking upon the history of web, we realize that in its earliest stage, the web simply comprised pages of information that were linked to each other. The second stage of development saw the coming up of search engine crawlers that help you locate information on the web. Towards the end of 2003, the social networks started creating a buzz in the online world. What started as a medium for connecting with friends became a platform for sharing and spreading information. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube also turned into tools for digital marketing. To measure the actual results of these efforts, developers and engineers also created web analytic tools. Read more »

Online marketers closing the database of human buying intent

Are marketers closing the database of human intention and reaching the holy grail of marketing, with 100% transparency of the users, the people they are targeting? This evolution can be traced back to 2001 when Google opened Google Zeitgest and with that we could see and understand better the searcher and use that data to help us get better results. Microsoft opened their MSN AdLab tool and with that the dimension of age and gender was added to the equation.

Then entered the world of social media and the applications and tools that came with it and now with opt in “Check-in” applications so now the gap has been closed from the purchase and onsite analytics, to the query, from there to the social graph like who I am and who I know. From there we have the status update though micro-blogging , what am I doing and now with the help mobile phones “where am I”.

The “Check-in” is a statement of “here I am what do you have to offer?”

Has Google found a way to fix the Google gap?

Looks as missed hits may be a thing of the past as Google is bringing in a new version of their analytics code that loads at the top of the page, not at the bottom. This should help marketers understand the gap between what Google reports as clicks in their PPC/AdWords campaigns. The code will be placed as the Body tag opens in the HTML instead in the bottom as it closes.

Paid links and their real effect on your Google rankings

A website’s ranking is based on the analysis of those websites that link back. This link-based analysis is a very good way to measure a website’s value and can help greatly improve the quality of web search. To get a good ranking on Google the quality of links is the most important aspect followed by the quantity.

There are numerous websites one can buy links from to get them to link to your website. Some webmasters and SEO use this method of buying and or selling links regardless of their quality in order to increase popularity on the Internet. However, search engines do not support paid links. Google even has an official form for webmasters to report paid links. Read more »

Please remember internet marketing when you are creating your new web site

Individuals and organizations spend thousands making their websites, design it, choose the CMS and still do not get visitors to their sites. Companies just forget that the search engines relay on a sound technical foundation of the site to work and design agencies and in most cases CMS companies have no clue what it is that makes them tick.

We just did a project with a company that spend thousands of dollars creating their site, it all looked ok, but there were no Google referrals, it just did not exist in Google. Google had partly indexed it’s first page but beyond that nothing. In this case a small javascript for effect was killing Google’s options to crawl it.

If you are going to use the site to market on the search engines pls. have this in mind