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Statistics and Analysis For Your Blog

Keeping track of where your traffic is coming from and how much you are getting can be an integral part of helping you market and optimize your blog. These are a few resources to get you started.

  1. StatCounter— StatCounter is a free statistics and analysis tool for keeping track of your blog’s traffic numbers.
  2. Site Meter— Site Meter is available in Premium and Basic versions, and can offer more advanced analysis of your site.
  3. Alexa— Alexa is a great tool for comparing your blog’s performance to other blogs on the internet.
  4. Google Analytics— Google provides a free and full-featured tool for determining where your visitors are coming from and how they use your site.
  5. Measure Map— Measure Map is a free tool to track your visitors’ habits.
  6. AWStats— AWStats is an open source tool that you can use to track your blog’s statistics.
  7. Feedburner— Feedburner provides a wide range of tools to help improve your blog’s RSS feed as well as statistic tracking.
  8. 103Bees— A great tool for search engine optimization, 103Bees gives detailed information on the search engine traffic your blog receives.
  9. MyBlogLog— MyBlogLog is both a community building tool and a simple blog analytics tool.
  10. ShinyStat— ShinyStat is a web analytics and counter tool with both free and paid versions.

Tools to Make Money

If you’re truly interested in making a profit from your blog, you’re going to have to do something to draw in those dollars. These are a few resources that can help you make money through donations or by placing ads on your site.

  1. PayPal— Use PayPal to set up a button on your site that readers can click on to make donations.
  2. Google AdSense— Google AdSense is where many bloggers make the majority of their income. Ads are both pay per click and pay per view.
  3. Yahoo Publisher Network— Similar to Google AdSense, Yahoo’s ads are pay per click.
  4. Txtswap— Txtswap is a program that allows bloggers to exchange text links in order to bring in more traffic.
  5. Adbrite— Adbrite can provide payment for simple text ads on your blog.
  6. Chitika— Chitika is interactive advertising based on the content of your site. It tends to take up a little more room than other ads, but it also tends to pay a little more.
  7. BlogBurst— BlogBurst can help you get your blog published in big time media outlets and get paid for it.
  8. Text Link Ads— Text Link Ads is another resource for putting text ads on your site.
  9. Bidvertiser— Bidvertiser offers an innovative system where you set the bids on pay per click ads.
  10. ReviewMe— Want to make a little cash on the side? ReviewMe is a marketplace for paid blog reviews.

Types Of Backup Media

Losing all your acquired music, video and picture files can be real heart breaking. Whether the files on your computer are used for business purposes or they have a significant personal value, performing a routine backup is extremely important.

When choosing backup media you want to consider the following three things: 1. The size of the media (how many files it can hold) 2. The durability of the media (what will happen if the media is dropped) 3. The portability of the media (i.e. CD and DVD vs. external hard drive)

1. Size of the Media When you are looking for a backup media, you should try to find something that can store more than your current file size. The reason being your files will continue to grow, so if you have 2 gigabytes of files on your computer today you can expect that to be doubled by next year. Of course you may not be backing up your whole system, so take a look at your important file to see how much space will be needed.

2. Durability of the Media A very important feature of any backup media is its durability. By choosing quality backup media the chances of failures during a restore are much lower. For instance devices that have no moving parts such as a CD, DVD or USB flash drive are more durable in regards to damage from being dropped. External hard drives and tapes are the most fragile type of storage device and can be broken beyond repair if dropped. When choosing your backup media always make sure to compare the durability of each type of media.

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When a Computer Becomes Art

I saw this video this morning and I saw the most amazing computer case. The name of the “artist” is Will Urbina and his website is Will U Design.

Now sit and enjoy the video and the music.

What do you think about it?


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