Thursday, April 26, 2007

Use Google Analytics to Keep Track of your Traffic

Once you have a website or blog, you'll want to know if you have any visitors. Yes, you can add a counter; or you can use Google Analytics, which will keep track of all your vital stastics - how many page views, unique visitors, where they came from and much more. Best of all, Google Analytics is free. We've been using if since our site was launched, and we refer to it daily.

Here is a Step-by-Step guide to add "Google Analytics to your Blog or Website"
  1. Log into your Google Account
  2. Click Analytics under the My Services header
  3. Look for dark grey "Website Services" table banner
  4. On the right side of the banner, press or click "+ Add Website Profile"
  5. Use the default choice "Add a Profile for a new domain"
  6. Then add your URL to your website or blog (without the http) in the input field ( examples: Blog- or website: )
  7. Press theFinish Button
  8. You will then be given the tracking code to insert in your website or blog. You need to add this in order for Google to count your page visits and more.
  9. To do this, Click on the "script", and copy using Ctrl-C.
  10. Then, to paste it onto a website page, you must: edit your website page; go to the bottom; and place it just before the "<\/body>" tag; and, save the page.
  11. To paste this code to your Google Blogger: Go to your Google Acct; Go to Blogger, Click on Dashboard; Click the Blog you want to add the code; then press the Layout button; Press "edit html" link; scroll down and add your tracking code just before the "<\/body>" tag; lastly, press "Save template"
  12. Once added, press the "check status" provided.
From this point onward, Google will count your visits daily, tell you where your traffic is coming from and much more. All for FREE!

PS: If we made a mistake, or you have a better description, please reply to this post. We welcome your comments.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Select your Website Hosting Plan

The easiest way to begin a website is to find a web hosting company. Indeed, there are hundreds of companies vying for your business. They all offer yearly plans and will do all the work for you. But you may wonder: How much disk space do you need? How many files can you place there? How much bandwidth do you need?

We had faced these same questions, and found the whole process perplexing. Finally, we decided to simply to make the plunge and select one. We asked our cable provider for there advice. They recommended Hostway.

We called them and were impressed by the amount of time they spent answering our questions and provided us with an personal contact to help us through the setup process. We launched our site, Lottery Power Picks, in September 2006 and have more than pleased with there service. Below is a link to there site.

So, if you want to launch your own website, visit Hostway by clicking on their banner. Stop wondering who to choose and go with Hostway. We highly recommend them. You won't be disappointed.

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