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Tig Tags - The Porsche Of Mobile Analytics

My friend Alexis launched a high-end mobile analytics solution, called TigTags. Since I am extremely busy these days, I haven’t had a chance to review it. So far all I know is that it has superior device detection capabilities and it is 100% German engineered.

Anyways…if you are looking into mobile analytics,  QR Code analytics or NFC & Code tracking, you should have a look at TigTags.

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December 15th, 2008

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Paypal is usually a great system and the minds who built it, are extremely smart. However,  the way they currently treat clients is pretty depressing.

Not only mine, but apparently a few hundred thousand accounts are frozen and Paypal doesn’t have the guts to even tell people that something is wrong.

Just imagine going to your bank a week before the holidays and someone posted this note at the window:

“If you were making a purchase or sending money, we recommend that you check both your PayPal account and your email for a transaction confirmation after 30 minutes.

If you came to this page from another website, please return to that site (don’t use your browser’s Back button) and restart your activity.

If you came from PayPal’s website, click the PayPal logo in the upper-left corner to return to our home page and restart your activity. You might have to log in again”

Sometimes the web is just a bizarre place. There is are a billion dollar company, which freezes the money of thousands of clients for months and literally nobody cares :)

Oh forgot….Google has a new holiday logo on their homepage. Let’s post about that

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December 15th, 2008

Download Top 1 Million Websites from Alexa & Quantcast

A Web Analyst’s dream already happened about a year ago when Quantcast published the top 1 million websites. Here’s the download (9.6MB). Quantcast also offered the top 1k, top 2k, top 5k, top 10k…, while Alexa charged a whopping $2500 for pretty much the same data.
Today I saw over a Randolph’s blog, that Alexa just opened up their database and offered the Alexa top million websites for free. You can download the file here

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December 14th, 2008

Web Analytics Poem

What to do when your hosted web analytics solution is down? Write a poem. Here’s what happend to Michael after his web analytics solution went down for a while:

So sad was the day, 

when webtrends went away. 
But thanx to Michael, 
all ended well 
the backlog in reporting we have now 
we’ll have to deal with somehow 
but today let’s just say cheerio! 
for Mister Notté, our her-e-o! 
(this priceless masterpiece of poetry was reproduced with the permission of the author. Thanks)
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December 13th, 2008

Yahoo Web Analytics Book

Dennis R. Mortensen’s  Yahoo Web Analytics book seems to look pretty slick. Below one of the first previews. What do you think?

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December 11th, 2008

How to Increase International Google Rankings By Up To 30%

Well…now it’s finally official: After a comprehensive study, NTT Europe online published that local Google Rankings depend tremendously on where you host.

I’ve noticed that with a few sites in France, Germany and Australia over the past 2-3 years. Without hosting these sites locally, it’s quite difficult to rank for anything.

UK SERPs however weren’t effected as dramatically as continental Europe. So rule of thumb:

1. Get a local TLD (.co.uk /.de/.fr…)
2. Host locally (double check if servers are really located in the country. Especially European hoster often  run their servers in Germany or even in the US).
3. Build /buy inbound links from “local” sites
4. Register your domain in local directories as well as DMOZ.
5. Enjoy better rankings

Found via Seodeluxe

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December 8th, 2008

10 Firefox Add-ons for Web Analysts

The Firefox Add-ons industry is extremely interesting and great stuff like the Scribefire Blogger Add-on have been downloaded more than 1 Million times.

For Web Analysts, there are 10 interesting plugins:

1. Web Analytics Solution Finder (WASP)
I forgot who made it, but somehow Stephane Hamel comes to my mind. I might be wrong, but definitely interesting

2. Data Analytics Firefox Add-on
Allows to play around with data

3. TrackMe Analytics
Never tested, but sounds good.

4. Greasemonkey
Well…we’ve seen it before and 12 Million downloads speak for themselves

5. Google Analytics checker
For the people who do or don’t like the Google borg collecting data

6. Counterpixel
Like WASP. Have never used it.

7. FireAnalytics
Let’s you view GA in your browser. Never played with this either.

8. Better GA
GA enhancer

9. Ghostery
Supposely let’s you surf invisible. Well…why not.

10 Alexa Sparky
I really like this tool, b/c it displays Alexa ranks in the bottom right instead of in the middle of the site. I use it all the time.

If you want to get all the links, images and better explanation, head over to Thomson’s blog.

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December 6th, 2008

Top 10 SEO Searches for 2008

This is a guest post and was written by Derek Vaughan.

Yahoo recently announced its top 10 searches for 2008. As you might expect, the results were mostly phrases related to pop culture - Hollywood, television, pop music, and online gaming. Here are the top 10 as reported by Yahoo:

1. Britney Spears: The perfect storm of youth, celebrity, musical pop star talent, and personal and professional calamity.

2. WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment): Sports entertainment franchise that combines soap opera story lines with a perennial villain (Vince McMann) and musclebound, trash talking pseudo-athletes.

3. Barack Obama: Historic president elect of the United States.

4. Miley Cyrus: Another confluence of youth, Disney television stardom, a pop singing career and a Vanity Fair partially nude photo shoot scandal.

5. “RuneScape”: This is a multi-player online role-playing game. It is cheap and runs on older computers with compelling play and a real world black market for game goods.

6. Jessica Alba: Youth, a perfect figure, model beauty and Hollywood A-list acting parts in feature films helped Jessica Alba to hit the top 10.

7. “Naruto”: Naruto Uzumaki is a young anime graduate of the Ninja Academy. This fictional character stars in games and entertainment.

8. Lindsay Lohan: Youth, beauty, Hollywood and a train wreck in slow motion of substance abuse.

9. Angelina Jolie: Hollywood’s ‘adult supervision’, combined with mega star husband Brad Pitt equals tabloid favorites as well.

10. American Idol: Talent finding U.S. television show that gives unknown youth singers their chance at stardom live in front of an audience of millions.

So the results make sense based on mass culture. But what about SEO culture? Let’s say that all you really wanted to know was ‘What are the top 10 SEO-related searches on Google’? Thanks to the research department at website hosting company 34sp.com, the results are in. The company used several different tools to generate their list of Google’s Top 10 SEO Searches and has generously elected to share their research with readers here. The primary research tools required to determine the top 10 were Google Trends, Google Insights for Search, the newly released Google Search Based Keyword Tool and the Google AdWords Keyword Tool. The research is iterative, that is - there are only best guesses involved. So there may be a term or two that would qualify for the top 10 - especially if one goes to more generic terms like, ’search engine’ or ‘Google search’.

Without further ado - here are the Top 10 Google SEO Searches:

1. seo - 1,220,000 average monthly searches reported.
2. search optimization - 550,000 average monthly searches reported.
3. search engine optimization - 450,000 average monthly searches reported.
4. search marketing - 368,000 average monthly searches reported.
5. search engine marketing - 301,000 average monthly searches reported.
6. search engine software - 201,000 average monthly searches reported.
7. search ranking - 110,000 average monthly searches reported.
8. search engine ranking - 74,000 average monthly searches reported.
9. search engine seo - 60,500 average monthly searches reported.
9. search seo - 60,500 average monthly searches reported.
9. seo optimization - 60,500 average monthly searches reported.
10. search engine optimization marketing - 49,500 average monthly searches reported.
10. seo search engine optimization - 49,500 average monthly searches reported.
10. seo services - 49,500 average monthly searches reported.

Here are the next few as ‘Honorable Mentions’:

marketing seo - 40,500 average monthly searches reported.
seo software - 40,500 average monthly searches reported.
seo company - 33,100 average monthly searches reported.

And in case you were wondering about those very general terms and the amount of traffic they generate:

search - 68,000,000 average monthly searches reported.
people search - 20,400,000 average monthly searches reported.
google search - 2,740,000 average monthly searches reported.
search engine - 2,240,000 average monthly searches reported.

So consider yourself incredibly lucky (and obviously a huge SEO expert) if your business currently ranks for any of these top SEO terms.

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December 5th, 2008

SEO via Powerpoint

Today I finally got the results of my Mobile Analytics presentation at Emetrics. A good 4.1 out of 5. Not bad for a first time presenter. A pretty good place in the midfield. However, I am quite competitive and a 4.5 would have been better, especially that I put a ton of effort in the Powerpoint.

Anyways…at least one website recognized the effort that I put in: A Homepage No.1 Spot under the Featured PPTs on Slideshare! Thanks for that. You guys in SF and Delhi are awesome!

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December 1st, 2008

81 Tips to Optimize your Landing Page

It’s pretty rare that I find really great posts or compilation of posts. However, Seldom Statics Post about Landing Page Optimization is one to bookmark:

Aaron pretty much put every single Landing Page Optimization tip  on the planet in one post.

Here my favorite ones:

- Lead the Eye
- Minimize Distractions
- You must use an effective “hook” to keep the shopper on your site.
- Think simple.

And if I’ve counted right, there are 81 Tips for Landing Page Optimization. Save all these webinars and head right over there.

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November 30th, 2008
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