In the earliest days of the internet webmasters used counters or hits to determine whether their website was successful or not. Logically at the time that made sense since when people liked what they saw or read on a site they would look for more content. Of course this was prior to the Web 2.0 interactive platform and the web was navigated one page at a time. Today it is much more complex to measure a site’s effectiveness. Today rather than only tracking how many hits a site or page has, an SEO analyst will track users’ behaviors. Instead of looking for an answer to what a server is doing we now want to analyze what the user is doing.
What is Web Analytics?
It only takes a few visitors to gather a huge amount of data. In order to collect and refine data there are several web analytics tools that are available to webmasters or SEO professionals. In most instances these web based apps will gather the data and use various computations to generate reports and charts. They are not exactly like research methods which are generally qualitative; web analytics are actually quantitative. They do not present glowing descriptions of problems but rather they simply present the cold hard data. What types of tools are most commonly used to gather and analyze website data? Continue reading “Tools for Measuring Website Analytics”
Just a few years ago the internet was like a one-way street where a person got online simply to get information. There was no interaction, and there was no such thing as a share or a like. But as the internet evolved into the Web 2.0 world we know today interaction became the primary element. It is now a super highway running both ways with all sorts of social interactions. This is basically what drives viral marketing. The main idea behind a viral marketing campaign is to initiate social sharing of your message for you. Some experts suggest that a viral campaign will have between 500 and a 1000 times more impact than a campaign that is not viral.
Why is it called “Viral” Marketing?
When we think of a virus, we generally think of flu season. But viral marketing is a strategy which helps pass information on from person to person simulating how a virus is passed until an enormous amount of people have been in contact with it. A viral marketing message has the potential of exponential growth in terms of how many people it is exposed to or how many individuals are influenced by the message. Just like a virus, this strategy will require taking advantage of very rapid multiplication in order for the message to explode out to thousands or millions of individuals. Continue reading “What is Viral Marketing?”