Campaign Tracking YOURLS in Google Analytics


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YOURLS is a URL shortening service you can run on your own server, and it comes with a WordPress plugin called YOURLS WordPress to Twitter. In the past I’ve used WP to Twitter, but since it doesn’t support YOURLS I’ve had to switch.

I’ve asked the author of YOURLS WordPress to Twitter to add Google Analytics Campaign Tracking Code with a custom field for authors to add their own identifier, but he has been too busy updating the YOURLS scripts, so I’ve hacked the plugin code to allow us to use Campaign Tracking now.

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  • Dan
    This Article is now outdated for the latest version of YOURLS. Im trying to figure out how to get it ...



Short Link - http://ngurl.me/2t Posted on October 16, 2009 at 9:44 am (PST)
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Upgrading YOURLS and Database Upgrade Errors Fix


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Today YOURLS 1.4 was released, but the database upgrade script created some errors for some people, dead links, and the stats are not working. We can fix all that. Be sure to logout of the old version you will be upgrading from before starting the upgrade, or you might see the Install YOURLS page and link, rather than the Upgrade YOURLS page and link. First lets go over the changes in the config.php file.

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    I\'m having a canonical redirect issue. Calls to www.gum.bo get diverted to /admin, while calls to gum.bo go to ...



Short Link - http://ngurl.me/2j Posted on October 14, 2009 at 2:55 pm (PST)
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How To Create YOURLS Own URL Shortener Service with Your Domain Name


Most people use URL shortening services like Bit.ly, TinyURL, Awe.sm, Su.pr, and the list goes on. There has been a lot of concern over the long term stability of these services, since they aren’t profitable business models, so they can’t be relied on over the long haul. One popular service, Cli.gs announced it will shutdown on October 25. Tr.im sudently shutdown, and then reopened just as suddenly, so it’s hard to trust short URL services. One effort will be to provide an independent directory service for URL mappings through 301works.org, but that isn’t going to solve the problem of reliability.

Sometimes the only way to solve a problem is to do it yourself. I’m talking about setting up your own URL shortening service using YOURLS: Your Own URL Shortener, which is a set of PHP scripts written by Lester Chan and Ozh Richard. Let’s go through what YOURLS offers and how to set it up.

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  • marco
    i cant\' seem to make it work. all seems fine, it does write on my db but then i always ...
  • StratosJL
    I have managed to have YOURLS running on the same domain as a wp plugin, by setting it up on ...



Short Link - http://ngurl.me/p Posted on October 8, 2009 at 10:46 pm (PST)
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How to Make a Starbucks Latte at Home


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Starbucks is a necessity for a lot of people, but it’s also quite expensive, and very fattening. A grande sized latte runs $4.12, and at two lattes per day that comes out to $41.20 for a 5 day work week, $164.80 per month, and $1,977.60 per year. I’m going to show you how to make the same latte for about $0.10 to $0.20 per grande sized cup at home, or in your office in about 5 minutes or less. At 2 lattes per day it would cost $96 per year, so you could save 1,881.60 per year by making your own lattes. Here’s how.

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    Really great article, there were a lot of helpful tips. I have a few criticisms, though, to add to ...
  • jillian
    Actually you don\'t need to buy a coffee grinder, you can bring your Starbucks coffee beans into a Starbucks and ...



Short Link - http://ngurl.me/1 Posted on October 7, 2009 at 1:15 pm (PST)
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How To Get More Traffic with Robots and Meta Tags


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A robots.txt file is the gatekeeper for your web site or blog that either allows or disallows search engine spiders from indexing your web site. If you don’t have a robots.txt file the spiders and bots make an assumption about how they should access your web site. We want to send clear instructions as to what we want spiders and bots to do.

Assuming you want maximum traffic to your web site you’ll want to allow all spiders and bots access to crawl and index everything on your web site. Sometimes the names of spiders and bots change, so it’s a good idea to allow them all. Some instructions will have a bunch of lines for a robots.txt file listing all the spiders and bots they know of, but again we just want to cover all of them without having to keep modifying the robots.txt file in the future.

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Short Link - http://ngurl.me/3mc Posted on September 8, 2009 at 3:59 pm (PST)
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Google Analytics and Google Adsense Code Placement Order


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There have been a lot of complaints that Google Analytics does not always track Google AdSense data accurately, and there is a reason for the errors.

In order for Google Analytics to track Google AdSense data properly the code for your Google Ad Manager, AdSense Analytics Code (ASAC), Google AdSense ads, and Google Analytics code, must be placed into your web site template files in the proper order.

If you use Google Ad Manager then that code will be pasted into the your template files of your website first in between the HTML <head></head> tags as shown in the example below.

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    Hello and thank you for your useful articel. The instructions you gave were clear but when I checked the source code ...



Short Link - http://ngurl.me/qm Posted on September 4, 2009 at 10:01 am (PST)
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Tracking Multiple Domains with Google Adsense Analytics Code


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Bloggers, and web site owners, that have more than one domain name may be surprised to learn that they cannot track their AdSense statistics automatically.

Google purchased a web site statistics company called Urchin many years ago, and turned it into a free service called Google Analytics. Last year Google made it possible to link your AdSense account to Google Analytics. Domain name owners who had a single domain name, as well as owners of multiple domain names, linked their domains to Google Analytics so their AdSense traffic could be tracked, but there is an extra step that owners of multiple domain names may have missed.

First let’s check to see if Google Analytics is tracking your AdSense traffic. Go to the Google Analytics home page and login. You should see your domain name listed, so click the View report link.

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    I have a problem with integrate adsense and anaytics. I hace same e-mail for adsense and analytics, but a i see ...
  • Adrian
    i write to this mail, but don\'t reply :(



Short Link - http://ngurl.me/1hu Posted on September 4, 2009 at 9:13 am (PST)
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Desktop Blogging Clients Top 20 List


One of the biggest headaches for a new blogger is figuring out how to be productive without sitting in a chair more than eight hours a day. The most popular blogging platforms, including Blogger and WordPress, use a control panel that includes a WYSIWYG (What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get) editor, but it’s slow, and hard to work with. A much better alternative is to use Desktop Blogging Client software. These are programs you install on your desktop/home/office computer and blog remotely. You prepare the post with your software, then submit it to the blog from your desktop to the remote server.

The Nerd has prepared a list of the top 20 Desktop Blog Client software here. The Nerd’s two free favorites are Post2Blog, which is great, but is no longer developed or supported, and Windows Live Writer, which makes use of some great plugins to extend its functionality. Special mention goes to Microsoft Word 2007, which did not make the list, but is still a great Desktop Blog editor alternative. Click here to read more about using Word 2007 to blog.

  1. BlogJet

    blogjet Desktop Blogging Clients Top 20 List

    • Platform: Windows only
    • Price: Free trial / €29.95
    • Supports: WordPress, TypePad, Movable Type, Blogger, MSN Live Spaces, Blogware, BlogHarbor, Squarespace, Drupal, Community Server, etc.
    • Website | Download

    Deepest Sender

    deepest Desktop Blogging Clients Top 20 List

    • Platform: Firefox, SeaMoney, XULRunner
    • Price: Free
    • Supports: LiveJournal, Blogger, WordPress, MSN Live Spaces, meta Weblog
    • Website | Download

    Flock Browser

    flock Desktop Blogging Clients Top 20 List

    • Platform: Windows, Mac, Linux
    • Price: Free
    • Supports: Blogger, Blogsome, LiveJournal, WordPress, Xanga, Moveable Type
    • Website | Download

    Windows Live Writer

    msnlive Desktop Blogging Clients Top 20 List

    • Platform: Windows (XP or Vista)
    • Price: Free
    • Supports: Windows Live Spaces, Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, WordPress Type
    • Website | Download

    Ecto

    ecto Desktop Blogging Clients Top 20 List

    • Platform: Windows, Mac
    • Price: Free Trial / $17.95
    • Supports: Blogger, Blojsom, Drupal, MovableType, Nucleus, SquareSpace, TypePad, WordPress, and more
    • Website | Download

    Bleezer

    bleezer Desktop Blogging Clients Top 20 List

    • Platform: Windows, Mac, Linux
    • Price: Free
    • Supports: Blogger, Blojsom, Drupal, MovableType, Nucleus, SquareSpace, TypePad, WordPress, and more
    • Website | Download

    BlogTK

    blogtk Desktop Blogging Clients Top 20 List

    • Platform: Linux
    • Price: Free
    • Supports: Blogger, Movable Type, WordPress
    • Website | Download

    Drivel Journal Editor

    drivel Desktop Blogging Clients Top 20 List

    • Platform: Linux
    • Price: Free
    • Supports: LiveJournal, Blogger, MovableType, Advogato, WordPress, Drupal
    • Website | Download

    Gnome Blog

    gnomeblog Desktop Blogging Clients Top 20 List

    • Platform: Linux
    • Price: Free
    • Supports: Blogger, Advogato, Movable Type, WordPress, LiveJournal, Pyblosxom
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    Newz Crawler (RSS/Atom Feed Reader and Blog Client)

    newz Desktop Blogging Clients Top 20 List

    • Platform: Windows
    • Price: Free Trial / $24.95
    • Supports: Blogger, Metaweblog, MovableType or LiveJournal API supporting website
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    Performancing ScribeFire

    scribefire Desktop Blogging Clients Top 20 List

    • Platform: Firefox
    • Price: Free
    • Supports: WordPress, Blogger, Drupal, TypePad, LiveJournal, Windows Live Spaces and more.
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    MarsEdit

    marsedit Desktop Blogging Clients Top 20 List

    • Platform: Mac
    • Price: Free Trial / $29.95
    • Supports: WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, Movable Type, LiveJournal, Drupal, and Vox and more.
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    ThingamaBlog

    thingamablog Desktop Blogging Clients Top 20 List

    • Platform: Windows, Mac, Linux
    • Price: Free
    • Supports: LiveJournal, Blogger, MovableType, Advogato, WordPress, Drupal
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    w.Bloggar

    bloggar Desktop Blogging Clients Top 20 List

    • Platform: Firefox, Internet Explorer
    • Price: Free
    • Supports:WordPress, MovableType, TypePad, Drupal, b2evolution, Nucleus CMS, Squarespace, Community Server, BlogEngine.NET
    • Website | Download

    RocketPost2

    rocket Desktop Blogging Clients Top 20 List

    • Platform: Windows
    • Price: Free Trial / $49
    • Supports:Blogger, Movable Type, WordPress, TypePad, MSN Spaces, BlogHarbor, Drupal, dasBlog, .Text and SquareSpace
    • Website | Download

    BlogDesk

    blogdesk Desktop Blogging Clients Top 20 List

    • Platform: Windows
    • Price: Free
    • Supports:WordPress, MovableType, Drupal, Serendipity and ExpressionEngine
    • Website | Download

    Post2Blog

    post2blog Desktop Blogging Clients Top 20 List

    • Platform: Windows
    • Price: Free Trial / $14.95
    • Supports:WordPress, MovableType, Blogger, Tyepad
    • Website | Download

    Qumana

    qumana Desktop Blogging Clients Top 20 List

    • Platform: Windows, Mac
    • Price: Free Trial / $14.95
    • Supports:Angelfire, Blogger/Blogspot, BlogHarbor, Blogware, Bryght, DiaryLand, Drupal, LiveJournal, MovableType, MSN Spaces, Tripod, TypePad, Roller, SquareSpace, WordPress.com, WordPress.org
    • Website | Download

    Zoundry Raven

    raven Desktop Blogging Clients Top 20 List

    • Platform: Windows
    • Price: Free
    • Supports:Blogger, Movable Type & TypePad, Windows Live Spaces, WordPress, and more
    • Website | Download

    WB Editor

    wb Desktop Blogging Clients Top 20 List

    • Platform: Windows
    • Price: Free Trial / $29.99
    • Supports:WordPress, Movable Type, Blogger, MSN Spaces, Drupal
    • Website | Download

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