Monday 10 March 2008

Google analytics and accidently generating yourself some traffic

Google Analytics is this great service that gives you all sorts of stats on your website. Its easy to set up - all I had to do was paste a bit of javascript into my template. Here's an example screenshot I took a couple of weeks ago when I was first considering writing a post on Analytics: It shows me getting a couple of visits a day, with most coming from Australia. A few days ago, something new happened. I got some random comments on my post about gmail addresses (I say random because they weren't from people that know me). This is what was waiting for me when I checked analytics: Hmmm.. what the hell? Where did all these people come from? Well, Analytics is more than happy to tell me: That referring page was the original post (on the official gmail blog) I linked to about the gmail addresses. It turns out that at the bottom of the post, there is a list of links, and my blog post is listed. All automatic of course, but phew, what a way to generate yourself some traffic!

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