The Missing Google Analytics Manual

February 11, 2010 | No Comments Yet

For those of you haven’t poked around Google Analytics, it’s not as scary or complicated as it looks. The Missing Google Analytics Manual is a compilation of tutorials to maximize use of this website statistics tool. It’s a long list of articles and videos covering setup, goal tracking, filters, reports, and more.

This article by Smashing Magazine seems a little more organized so you might want to bookmark that too, but what I’d really like is an easy to read wiki slash eBook like the Complete Guide to Google Wave.

Either way, the key to running a successful website and growing as a blogger is taking a step back and figuring out how to improve. For those who aren’t fond of numbers and charts, these guides should make that process a little easier.

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WordPress upgrade notifications from Google Analytics?

December 1, 2009 | No Comments Yet

If you’ve been blogging for a while now you’ll know that Google Analytics is an indispensable part of your website, so perhaps it’s not surprising that the service has this new feature: software version notifications for your CMS.

One of the great things about working at Google is that we get to take advantage of an enormous amount of computing power to do some really cool things. One idea we tried out was to let webmasters know about their potentially hackable websites. […] This time, however, our goal is not just to isolate vulnerable or hackable software packages, but to also notify webmasters about newer versions of the software packages or plugins they’re running on their website. [..] This is where we think we can help. We hope to let webmasters know about new versions of their software by sending them a message via Webmaster Tools. This way they can make an informed decision about whether or not they would like to upgrade.

I’m not sure this is any better than installing a plugin such as Update Notifier that sends emails whenever your WP installation or WP plugins need updating. After all, it still depends on the generated version meta tag which both WordPress and hackers use to check.

The upside here, though, is that at least Google is now looking into ways they can help with website maintenance, particularly security. And not just for WordPress, but for all other content management systems out there. Both CMS developers and webmasters stand to gain from the knowledge and resources Google can spend on this.

In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled as this new feature will be rolling out “soon”.

(Via WPLover)

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Most downloaded WordPress plugins ever

August 27, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Best Design Options has compiled a list of the 10 most downloaded WordPress plugins of all time. The data is readily available at the WordPress plugin repository, but this post prioritizes download history instead of rating, which the WP site does.

  1. All in One SEO Pack
  2. Akismet
  3. Google XML Sitemaps
  4. NextGEN Gallery
  5. Contact Form 7
  6. WordPress.com Stats
  7. WP Super Cache
  8. Sociable
  9. Google Analyticator
  10. Google Analytics for WordPress

Three Google-related plugins, two of which are for the same purpose—site analytics, but both were beaten by WordPress.com’s own stats service and plugin. Contact Form 7 and NextGEN Gallery are the most popular contact form and gallery plugins, respectively.

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WordPress Plugin: Google Analytics and Feedburner Reports plugin

January 16, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Google Analytics and Feedburner Reports plugin for WordPress is brought to us by TantanNoodles.com

This plugin allows you to easily view your Google Analytics and Feedburner reports in your WordPress administration area. It adds a top-level Reports tab and when you click on it, you’ll get a quick 7 day overview of what’s going on with your site (pageviews, visits, referrers, etc). You’ll have to login to Google Analytics or Feedburner directly if you want more detailed stats.

Installation:

1. Download and unzip the plugin.
2. Upload the entire “tantan” directory to the WordPress wp-content/plugins directory.
3. Login to your WordPress admin, click “Plugins”, and then activate the “WordPress Reports” plugin.
4. Click on the new “Reports” tab, and click “Setup” subtab.
5. Follow the on screen instructions and enter the proper details for each service.
6. You’re done! Click the “Reports” tab again to view the traffic summary for your site. Sweet!

Google Analytics and Feedburner Reports plugin for WordPress is from TantanNoodles.com. Download and support can be found here.

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