I ran across this blog entry today. This certainly explains a lot. I’ve spent the last week suffering through a particularly bad cold – probably the worst I’ve had in several years. I’ve been taking NyQuil and DayQuil, but I’ve still been all plugged up. I’m certainly going to spend more time looking at product labels in the future.
In this story the author has taken a look at his awstats logs after implementing Google Analytics. He has found that when he implements virtual pages for tracking in Analytics, suddenly they’re beeing crawled by the Google spider. I wonder what else they’re using the data for?
William A. Swanberg, 40, was detained by Target security officers after he purchased ten boxes of the Star Wars Millennium Falcon Lego set. Detectives say that Swanberg had developed a method to replace the bar code on the more expensive Millennium Falcon set with one from a less expensive Lego set.
Our office is doing some major re-arranging, with walls being torn down, and new ones going up. We had a moving company in today to assist us with moving some desks. When I came back from lunch, I found the door conveniently propped open by the movers. Then I took a closer look at what they’d used to prop the door open with…
The phenomenon of Digg.com is amazing. I’ve been using it since it’s early days. It started by riding the coat tails of the ex-TechTV host Kevin Rose, but now it’s arguably more popular than Slashdot.
I recently came across this post that discusses the darker side of finding your site promoted to Digg’s front page.
There’s a story over at JackOfAllBlogs that I found both funny and disturbing. It’s a list of supposedly sure-fire ways to promote your blog. At first, it came across as a funny read, but after a little while, I started to actually think about some of the techniques listed. The guy’s right. Unethical, but right.
Earlier this year, Google went ahead and purchased Urchin, a web site analysis service. A few days ago, they decided to roll out the service (now re-christened as ‘Google Analytics‘) for free. I’m sure glad I didn’t advise my employer to purchase the software a few months ago!
I had the pleasure of test-driving the package when it was still Urchin. It’s put together very well, and ties in to Adwords campaigns. When I saw that Google had released the service for free, I immediately signed on and created some tracking for a few web sites that I own. This was over 48 hours ago. It’s still not working! I wrote to Google asking for some help. This is what I got back:
From: "Analytics Support" <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: [#38618476] Not tracking after 48 hours Hello, Thank you for your email. We understand that you aren't seeing data in your reports, even though you your tracking code has been set up for over six hours. We apologize for any inconvenience. We have collected your data since you installed the tracking code on your site, and are continuing to collect this data throughout the day. We are currently in the process of creating reports from your data. You should be able to see your reports populated with data later today. Please note that this reporting delay is associated with unexpected demand for Google Analytics. Under normal circumstances, the data in your reports will be at most six hours old. For additional questions, please visit the Analytics Help Center at http://www.google.com/support/analytics. If you're unable to find an answer to your question on our site, please feel free to reply to this email. Sincerely, Analytics Support