title-statistics I know from myself people are obsessed with traffic, statistics, looking at other sites – tracking their stats and so on. And if there is enough demand, of course there are sites to satisfy You.

I wanted to put those sites and tools in one list together, because at least for me this field was really unclear – I didn’t know what means Google Pagerank, Alexa, Compete, Technorati rankings and I could continue so on.

I must say not always these stats are precise, but however they give at least overview, how popular the certain page is, how many visitors that sites gets – and if You compare those stats with Your site statistics, You can get pretty precise results then.

I also use several FireFox and Chrome add-ons to track website traffic, so I don’t have to type and go to statistic related webpage to get the results.

Results actually came to me in this way, allowing me comfortably browse, explore and compare sites I visit.

Now I am so used to live with these toolbars, I can’t imagine my browsing life without them.  And just a thought – can You imagine how useful in marketing is information about Your competitors?? I just love Internet world :). Okay, now let’s get to the actual article.

I will start with actual FireFox plugins (just google same for Chrome) I use and later in order to the most popular and know traffic tracking sites.

This article is all about tracking your websites traffic and how to increase it. Check the table of contents and see what interest you.


Table of Contents:

  1. What Are The Best Ways To Track Website Traffic And Spy on Competitors
  2. How to use Google Analytics to Drive more Traffic to Your Website
  3. Things And Tools To Consider When Analyzing Competitors
  4. 10 Efficient Ways to Build Quality Links to Your Website
  5. Traffic Building Tools And Websites
  6. More Link and traffic building resources
  7. How You Can Increase Traffic to Your Website
  8. Build Your Own  Visitor Tracking System

What Are The Best Ways To Track Website Traffic And Spy on Competitors in 2016?

If you want to now from where the traffic is coming and possibly see where the competitors get their traffic these tools are going to make that happen. These tools are also going to get you the insights to your traffic volume and more. Let’s start.


Editors Choice: SimilarWeb

But before I start, I wanted to mention SimilarWeb, it is a newcomer, but it has such a huge popularity over the years. Nowadays I just use this website to spy on competitors and then I check Alexa rankings to compare how I am doing against others.

Check Website Traffic With SimilarWeb

If I could recommend one traffic checking tool, I would recommend SimilarWeb.

Also check SimilarWeb preview video to see how much it actually can do, it has been used by top marketers in industry..to even spy on competitor best performing ads and traffic sources.

1. SearchStatus

I couldn’t live without this useful plugin, which tracks Alexa, Compete ranking and Google LivePageRank. If You didn’t know Alexa and Compete sites are the most popular and trustworthy sites letting You track statistic about sites worldwide, compare them and so on. And who aren’t heard about popular Google ranking system, however if You don’t, check out Google official blog to find out more.

And yes, Alexa and Compete has it’s own Top and rating system, so that’s the number meaning, maybe I was silly, but I didn’t realize that at first, so I am pointing it out for You too.

You can download this add-on here.

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2. Compete Toolbar + Compete Site

This site is very similar to Alexa, offering alternative or even better some really good site to compare ratings so You have more objective information. I use Compete always together with Alexa, however in compete my site is ranked much higher, so I think Alexa rating is more objective..or I don’t know, I am just critical against myself.

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And they offer also toolbar, it is second add-on I use regularly, it’s official Compete.com site toolbar, tracking also average people count visiting site. Maybe this information is not so precise, but when I compare those stats with my site, I can get actual overview, how many people are visiting other sites too – pretty great. There are many other features in this toolbar however, but I am not using them in my workflow however, but You can do Your own research, maybe some feature is useful for You.

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You can download this add-on here.

3. Google Analytics

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Yes, this is the best statistic site available I think and the most popular one too. Google Analytics tracks information from Your site so detailed, You can spend hours comparing and analyzing Your website stats. I am sure everybody are using Analytics service by now, however if You don’t use it – You should go to their site and take video tour, explaining You everything much better than I could.

4. Alexa

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I mentioned this site before, but now detailed overview Alexa provides a wide range of statistics based on popularity rank, reach, speed and in-links. You can compare site statistics also up to 3 sites. And information is precise, because everybody participate in it with help of Alexa Toolbar. When You install Alexa toolbar You get very useful tool and also give Alexa back just by visiting pages and using toolbar. I really like this system, check out maybe You’ll find it useful too.

Get Alexa Toolbar here / Visit Homepage

5. Quarkbase

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I heard from this site at the first from Nick from ResourcePile, and since then I always been using it.

Quarkbase is a free tool to find complete information about a website. It is a mashup of over 30 data sources and many algorithms gathering information from Internet on various topics like social popularity, traffic, associated people, etc. – and yes, really complete starting from digg, delicious, reddit links, technorati ratings until RSS readers, traffic stats. Just type in – website url and enjoy huge information amount in seconds!

6. QuantCast

QuantCast is powerful statistic gathering website with information to help web publishers understand clearly their audience, what sites they like after visiting Yours, very powerful. Also if you want to get precise information about Your site, You can become QuantCast Publisher and  add simple code snippet in Your website, to let quantcast track and show You detailed statistics.

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7. PopUri.us

Also one simple and great site, just type in website address and get Google pagerank, alexa, compete, quantcast rank, technorati links, yahoo backlinks and more.

 

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8. Website Grader

“Website Grader is a free seo tool that measures the marketing effectiveness of a website. It provides a score that incorporates things like website traffic, SEO, social popularity and other technical factors. It also provides some basic advice on how the website can be improved from a marketing perspective.”

Every information piece about site is very useful giving You several SEO related advices, domain age, expiration, Google indexed pages, traffic rank, last google crawl date, also You can compare Your site with others and so on. Very useful, must know site.

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9. BuySellAds

Maybe some people will laugh, I added this site too, since it’s not generally related to statistic information gathering, but I see from my site details Est.Impressions are very precise there. And now many people use this service, so You can just click to Advertise Here button and see precise results of that site monthly unique visitors and also alexa, compete rank, Google pagerank, delicious bookmarks and so on.  I just love that little thing about unique visitors.

You can see my account details by clicking on the link as an example.

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I could continue, but I thought for statistics with these sites should be already more than enough. Enjoy the list to help You in marketing, SEO or just to satisfy Your curiosity about other site statistics.

Now let’s take a look at how Google Analytics can help you drive traffic to your website.


How to use Google Analytics to Drive more Traffic to Your Website

There are probably thousands of articles on the web talking about Google Analytics, such as how to use the free reporting tool, how to set up Google Analytics for your website, and what Google Analytics reports you can take advantage of. This is all great information, especially for novice website designers. What I think is missing is the most critical piece of information, which is “How do I analyze these Google Analytics reports in order to actually make impactful changes to my website?” In this section we are going to answer that question, as well as, provide you with some examples of taking certain data from Google Analytics, analyzing it, and then using it to make changes to your website and/or website marketing.


Analyze Your Website on a Quarterly Basis

Tools like Google Analytics allow you to check your website traffic data as frequently as you’d like. I definitely recommend keeping an eye on your Google Analytics reports daily or weekly. With that said, we all know that checking your reports and actually taking time to analyze them are two different tasks. This is why I recommend that every website owner take a full day each quarter to analyze their reports and implement any needed changes to their website based on what the data is showing.

What Website Data should I be Paying Attention to?

It’s easy to get lost in Google Analytics. There is SO much data that you can analyze. Not only is there a ton of data, but the ways in which you can slice it up seem almost endless. Every website owner is going to have different reports to focus on, but there are a few main data points that all website owners should be aware of during their quarterly reviews:

  • Traffic Sources – Keywords: Knowing which keywords are driving the most quality visitors to your website is crucial. You can begin optimizing more of your website around these keywords in order to capitalize on those searches.
  • Traffic Sources – Referring Sites: Understanding which websites are sending the most quality traffic to your website will allow you to focus more effort and time on those sites, and less of your time on under performing websites, moving forward.
  • Visitors Overview: How much of your website traffic is new visitors versus returning visitors? Knowing this might help you phrase content different or run certain marketing programs geared towards one type of visitor versus the other.
  • Content Overview – Top Pages: Having an idea of what pages are performing best will tell you what content your visitors are interested in. Produce more of that!
  • Visits: What days do you have the most traffic to your website? Knowing what days visitors are coming to your website allows you to publish new content or launch promotions on those days in order to capture the most attention.

Now that we have an understanding of some of the most important reports to analyze for your website, let’s dig into each of them to provide examples on how you can use the data to make real impactful changes to your website and website marketing.

Use Keyword Reports to Optimize Your Website

Knowing which keywords to optimize your website with is crucial in attracting the right visitors. Here’s how you can utilize the Keyword reports in Google Analytics:

  1. Go into the Traffic Sources Overview section of Google Analytics
  2. Find your Top ten performing keywords and make a list of those keywords
  3. Go back through your website and begin infusing them into your website content
  4. Use them as anchor text for your URLs
  5. Name your images with your top ten keywords
  6. Add title tags and Alt tags to your images using your top ten keywords
  7. Create a list of new blog topics that you want to write about and be sure to infuse your top ten keywords into those articles

By analyzing your Traffic Sources – Keywords report and following the steps above you will significantly increase your website traffic for those specific keywords.

Once you have completed this first main Keyword optimization during your Quarterly review, go BACK through your Keyword report and sort the results by Average Time on Site. Find five keywords that might not be driving a lot of traffic to your website right now, but the traffic that is coming to your site from those keywords tends to spend a lot of time on your site. These are your “growth keywords”. Repeat the steps above using these keywords to see if with a little more use throughout your website they can produce more traffic.

Spend more Time on the Websites that Refer the most Traffic to Your Website

Knowing which websites (or social media channels) around the web that are referring the most traffic to your website is critical. As a website owner you only have so much time in the day to market your site. It’s best to use that time wisely. Follow these steps in order to analyze your traffic sources and make impactful changes to your website marketing:

  1. Go into your Traffic Sources report within Google Analytics and review the Top Referring Sites data
  2. Ask yourself, are these the websites that I assumed would be near the top? Are these the websites I’m spending the most time using in order to drive traffic to my website?
  3. Start trying to figure out why some sites are near the top of this list, while others are near the bottom. Perhaps one of the websites near the top is a site that you recently wrote a guest blog article for. Contact the owner of that site and see if you can write another article for them.
  4. Is LinkedIn outperforming Facebook? If so, you may want to tweak the amount of time you spend on both social media sites, with more time being devoted to LinkedIn next quarter instead of Facebook. This strategy can be repeated for all social media sites that you use.
  5. Is Banner Ad ‘A’ outperforming Banner Ad ‘B’? If so, perhaps you want to cancel Banner Ad ‘B’ and ask for more space on the website that’s hosting Banner Ad ‘A’.
  6. Is there a website that you don’t recognize that’s currently sending a lot of traffic to your website? Reach out to the owner of that website and see if you can partner with them in some way in order to capitalize even more on all of the traffic they are sending your way.

Using the Referral Sources report in Google Analytics will help you become more efficient with your marketing time and more effective at driving traffic to your website.

Run a Contest for New Visitors, Say ‘Thank You’ to Returning Visitors

Analyzing your Visitor Profile through the Visitors Overview report in Google Analytics will let you know how much of your traffic is composed of ‘New Visitors’ and how much of your traffic is composed of ‘Repeat Visitors’. You want to encourage new visitors to become return visitors, as well as, continue to attract even more new visitors. Here are a few ways that you can take your data from the Visitors Overview report and actually use it to improve your website:

  • Post some sort of a ‘Thank You’ message somewhere prominent on your website for returning visitors OR send out the periodic ‘Thank You’ email to your email list just letting your supporters know you appreciate them.
  • Do you have an e-Commerce website? Give repeat customers a discount on their next purchase.
  • Create a ‘FAQ’ page to help new visitors quickly understand your website and how to use it
  • Make the ‘Contact Us’ page as prevalent as possible in case new visitors have questions and need to contact you
  • Create a survey for returning customers to capture information that you think will help you provide more value to them in the future
  • Run a contest to encourage new customers to get engaged with your website/brand

Produce More of the Content Your Visitors Like

Understanding what content is resonating with your visitors will help you come up with new content topics for the next quarter.

  1. Go into the Content Overview section of Google Analytics and navigate to the Top Pages report
  2. Find the top 5-6 pages visited over the past 3-6 months
  3. Think about what information is displayed on each of those pages and determine what information the majority of your visitors are looking for
  4. Develop a Content Plan for the next quarter, comprised of topics that you think are most relevant based on your findings above. A few ideas might be:
  1. Write blog articles around popular topics
  2. Focus social media efforts in promoting those top pages or discussing those top topics
  3. Write an eBook expanding on some of those topics that your visitors are finding valuable
  4. Shoot YouTube videos around those topics and embed them into your Top Pages

Producing more of the content that your visitors are finding valuable will keep them coming back, get them to share your website with their friends, and attract new visitors.

Publish New Content, Contests, and General Website Updates on High Traffic Days

Are the weekends a popular time for your website or do most people visit your website during the week? Knowing what days are high traffic days for your website and what days are low traffic days for your website allows you to be much more strategic in regards to publishing new updates to your website. By analyzing the Visits report in Google Analytics you can see which days seem to generate the most traffic. Make a list of your high traffic days and then start taking advantage of those high traffic days in the following ways:

  • Publish blog articles on those days
  • Begin and end contests on high traffic days
  • Spend time on social media during those days
  • Publish events to your website
  • Make architecture or functionality updates on low traffic days

Knowing when, and when not to, publish new information to your website can drastically alter the number of views your new updates receive. Be smart about when you publish new content, news, events, etc. Use the Visits report in Google Analytics as your guide.

Turn Google Analytics Reports Into Impactful Changes for Your Website

Google Analytics is great. The website data provided by Google Analytics can help website owners learn a ton about their website. With that said, unless website owners take time to review and analyze their reports on a regular basis, and then take time to use that data to make changes to their website, they are missing out on the biggest advantage that Google Analytics provides. Google Analytics provides you with a blueprint for giving your visitors what they want, when they want it. Be sure to take advantage of that.

You have to always keep track of what your competition is doing, that’s why the next section is dedicated to that. Let’s take a look!


Things And Tools To Consider When Analyzing Competitors

Being secured in your online business is not all about setting up your defenses but also by analyzing your competitors. Keeping track of what services they offer work for them and how they bring people into their site will provide a good overview of how to improve your business. No matter how they hide their trails, there will always be tools that will let you analyze and track your competitors.


1. Identify Your Competitors

First thing to do is to identify your competitors. I find SimilarSites.com accurate and one of the most simplest tool to use.

It has a voting system for every result if it is similar or not and SimilarSites also gives you a view of what your competitors are good at: www.example.com is rank 1 in WordPress tutorial, 13 in Photoshop tutorial, 2 in web resources, etc.

2. Search Engine Ranking

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It is important that you know Page Rank. Google ranks websites according to their popularity, and obviously it gives you an idea on how competitors use their resources effectively.

An alternative to Google Page Rank is SEOmoz.com. Free registration and you are good to go with their Trifecta Tool Report. They have their own ranking system which I fancy, reading “44% – Somewhat Important”. Better to top all rankings instead of just one, right? However, regular members can only run one report per day.

3. Traffic is good for business

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Analyzing your competitors’ traffic gives you an idea on the number of visitors they get. Google Trends, Alexa, GetClicky are good tools to compare statistics, they let you see on what regions the website is doing great as well as what search terms prospect visitors might search for. It is also good to note competitors that are not doing well in order to avoid being like them, more like a grave example.

The next thing to know, after learning what websites have good traffic, is how effective their keywords and link building is.

4. Importance of Keywords

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It all comes down to keywords, it tells search engines the content of your site. Wrong keyword means no traffic. A successful competitor knows full well what keywords to use to harvest visitors to their site.

A tool to see good keywords in your niche is SEOdigger.com.

 

It provides a list of domains with common keywords and shows the position of the site for the search query in Google and what among them brings more traffic. It gives you enough facility to compare several competitors’ performance in SEO.

There are many instances when a higher PR website is outmatched by those with lower PRs, this is due to careful manipulation and good use of keywords. Thankfully you can see what keywords your competitors are using and which of them has the biggest impact. That’s what I call handy.

I almost forgot to mention Google Wonder Wheel. It provides relevant terms of your search query of what is gaining popularity among searchers. Neat, eh?

5. Backlinks

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Backlinks do two things to help promote your site if done correctly. First it serves as a tunnel from a website to yours, if the referring website is of high standing the better. Second it boosts your keywords. Have I not said that it’s all about keywords?

Knowing who the promoters are of sites within your niche is like learning some of the enemy’s strategies. This may serve you well in terms of knowing what direction your linkbuilding should go. It will be a good thing if the website that links to your competitor will take interest in you as well. Remember that good competitors have good backlinks.

6. Social Networks

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Facebook is aiming to be the web’s standard for everything you do online. With its Open Graph,websites will customize themselves based on their users’ interests through the Like button. Imagine logging in to Amazon and finding all of the things that interests you neatly arranged on their home page without even having to search for it. Just thinking about it makes me shiver! It is predicted that in the very near future, Facebook will be the one to drive more traffic on websites, the blood of e-commerce! And most likely other major networking sites will follow this lead.

Consider following your competitors on Twitter and subscribe to their newsletter and blog. You may also want to  search Twitter and see what people are posting about your search query and know how they’re feeling about it.

Other tools to use:

There are more than a hundred tools in the web for analyzing competition, below are some of the easiest to use:

Alexa

Estimates global traffic for websites. It is pretty flexible. You may compare statistics on the spot,  who the audience are,  worldwide traffic rank, and many more.

Visible.net

It boasts 4 main tools  in running reports for good estimate of site analysis, performance, and general recommendation.

SEOprofiler.com

Provides most of the information you need about backlinks.

GetClicky

Another great tool to track web traffic.  Boasts analytics in real-time.

Google Alerts

If you feel like spying and be alerted whenever your competitors appear in the web then Google Alerts is right for you. It is pretty flexible and fast too. I remember using it to keep track of Harry Potter and in just a day almost 300  blogs, videos, news, and everything appeared about my search term! People are broadcasting about this fantastic website? Be alerted and see why.

These are free tools that you can use to analyze your website and competitors. There are a lot of paid tools out there but most have the same usage as the tools above.

Everywhere you go, information and correct execution leads to success. Good luck to all!

The next few sections will be reserved for backlink and traffic building. If you are starting something new or maybe you already have a blog and want to get noticed and gain higher traffic and Google ranking, you just have to read these. Ready? Ok, let’s start.


10 Efficient Ways to Build Quality Links to Your Website

Link building is the most difficult task in SEO, no doubt. Why? Because it is time-consuming, and requires careful research, and the results of which are not guaranteed. For the same reason, many SEOs either outsource the work or go for quick link building campaigns like softwares or simply ignore the whole thing focusing on onsite optimization – which is by far a more comfortable task.


I strongly believe that (and I have my experience to back it up) without link building your SEO campaign is not complete. You can tweak your template and rework on your content but if they don’t get a proper link building backup, you’re not going anywhere.

Before we start, let me list a few guidelines on effective link building.

Guidelines to Effective Link Building

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1. Link building should not be a quick fix process.

Because Google knows what’s happening under the hood, it’s never recommended to boost up your link profile immediately or in any unnatural time frame. 1000 links in three months? Sounds made up right? And Google knows it. So, link building always has to be gradual and “natural”.

2. Do not try to game the system.

Technically, we might be trying to game the system, but make sure it’s not aggressively stupid. You need to research what your natural niche is and leverage it. For example, if you have a website about “Red Apples” you need to stick to building backlinks on Apples and Red Apples not Oranges or Green Apples.

3. Link Building should go hand in hand with other SEO efforts.

There is no problem if it is otherwise, but  link building works most effectively when you also do other SEO like content building and on site optimization.

4. Relevancy should be the key factor.

Make sure you have enough content on your website that when found or discovered through your new links compliments to your anchor texts and article. This might sound like very general advice but this is extremely important. Make sure your anchor texts are carefully drafted and the content they link to are optimized well.

10 Efficient ways to build quality backlinks to your website

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1. Clever use of guest posts is the easiest way to get quality backlinks

SEO experts will agree that in link building, more than the number of links you make it’s the contextual nature of the links that matters most to search engines. For example, imagine you have a website design studio, and you’re on a link building spree. Instead of getting random links from web directories it makes sense to get a couple of links from related domains like web design blogs or web design software websites. So, scout for opportunities to write content for such websites. Many web design software studios have their blog and accept content from their users. Make use of it. Now, this doesn’t mean that you can write a ten line paragraph and expect them to feature you on the blog. No. Make sure its a win-win situation and write something that they will benefit from as well. Like a nice tutorial on how to use their design software for web design, or how you used the software on one of your projects. This way, they would be encouraged to post your content on their blog and possibly give back a quality backlink to your website.Think about it.

2. Want links in big numbers? Try directory submissions

Even when we talk about quality, its important that we also build links in good quantity. Because quantity really matters as well. And talking about quantity, the best way to build links in bulk is to go for directory submissions. But here’s the catch. When you go for directory submissions, there are lots of services that promise the sun and the moon. Research well, before taking the plunge. A good web design or a good sales page may not mean a good service. Check out the forums or even ask for recommendations on social media, and figure out if they are reliable services. And my recommendation is that you go for “themes directory submissions”. What are they?

Well, themed directory submissions are link building via directories based on a theme. For example, if you have a website designing service, you might want to submit your website to all those directories who list web design/design services rather than general categories. Google values such themed (contextual) links more than general links. But this doesn’t mean that they are the best contextual links you can get.

3. Testimonials

Testimonials are a good way to build relevant and high quality backlinks. You’ve seen it on all the product showcases, websites, apps everywhere. Hunt for newly launched web services or products and offer them a good testimonial. This requires you to try out the service and give a credible recommendation. Now, you’ve also got to make sure that your you have a good reputation to hold on to. Because, those companies are looking for credible and influential folks to testify for them, not everyone. So make sure you have a decent profile.

4. Press Releases are your friend when it comes to link building

Press Releases, without doubt are an easy (and expensive) way to build links to a website. And, the plus is that you have perfect control over the copy, content and the backlink. Sending press releases can be an expensive affair, but doing it once in a while will only help you with your link building methods. At the same time, please do not consider them as replacements to your link building strategy. They are only bonuses, because links from press release websites are only given little importance by Google. They probably realize that they are paid links, so people with more money could manipulate the search engine system with these links so they see them that way. However, what I like most in press releases are the fact that you have control over what backlink and anchor text to select while going for it. Make use of it, as you’re paying for it.

5. Article Submissions

They are just like guest blogs, but more generic and are submitted through article marketing directories. The good thing about article submissions is that they can be controlled and can be submitted to appropriate contextual directories. At the same time, there is a problem with article submission, that they are less relevant in importance. Since there are many articles submitted and most of them are primarily written for link building, article submissions are not valued much by Google. The fix (well almost) to this problem is that you can go for reputed article writers than just about anybody. Reputed article writers will have a legacy to carry and their articles are promoted more than the average article. So make use of it.

6. Infographics

Infographics are the new way of marketing. It’s the perfect combination of social media and SEO. They have two advantages. One, they being visually amazing, can be a super hit on social media if done properly. Two, they can be an amazing link building tool. There are several infographic designers available these days, so hiring one would be the best way to go about. With your company’s content in place, what you got to do is figure out how it can be manipulated to make it social media savvy. This requires some amount of thinking and brainstorming, but once you figure it out, it should be say integrating it to a design. Once the design is ready, make sure you plug it into your blog with the necessary HTML code snippet that allows people to embed it on their websites. When they do, you should be getting a backlink. And obviously, you know how to edit the code so that your required anchor text is plugged in.

7. Social Media and Bookmarking

There is a reason why I combined both. Social Media is very generic. In my opinion, for anything to be worth the time on social media, it has to go viral or become popular. And this means creating viral content. Content that will be duplicated on other websites and blogs. A lot of it will be copied without attribution but around 10% will be attributed. And with attribution you get the backlinks. So whenever you create content on social media, make sure it is linkable and shareable. A good way to crack this is to seed the content on various social media bookmarking websites. Once they get popular on those websites, it gets the attention it needs from people who would gladly republish the content to their websites. Some of the most prominent websites are Digg, Reddit, Delicious.com, StumbleUpon, and others. Each of them have a different way of working, and requires separate strategies to make it to the top (and lot of luck), but if you can reach the front page then you are on your way to success.

8. Offer giveaways

An amazing way to build links and add the buzz is to go for free giveaways. People love free stuff and they would do anything for it. Now, depending upon how amazing your giveaway is, there shall be more interest. Haven’t you seen the free iPhone give away scam? A lot of people fell for it. But that’s not the point. It was a scam. But if you have a good product to giveaway, there’s always people listening. So make sure you have a good product/gift/software to give away first. You can get this done by either buying them or arranging a partnership with the owners. They too wouldn’t mind some buzz. While giving away, also make sure that you ask people to review your site or your product, there by increasing their chances to win. Also make sure that you have planned enough time frame planned in advance so you get the most of excitement. A well designed giveaway never fails.

9. Buying Links

As a white hat SEO, I’d never recommend it. However, if you know how to spot a good quality potential website that can give you a link, don’t miss the chance. Buying links in my opinion is tricky. The first law is not to encourage blind offers that come to you offering links. Chances are that those guys are link vendors who’ve been doing it for long time now and would most likely have accrued black points from Google. So avoid anything mainstream. Instead go scout yourself for potential good linkers and buy from them. It’s always safe and better.

10. Develop a free theme

This works well with bloggers. Bloggers love new themes and design packs. Design something incredibly useful and give it away with proper credits in place. Make sure you use your required anchor texts in place. A theme is a good choice because not only will you receive reviews on your theme, but people who will actually use the theme on the websites will link back to you as well.

Bonus: Get link from scrapers

Now, that’s not something you hear often, is it? Well, the thing is everything matters. This probably only appears to popular blogs and websites but hey, you never know. What happens is that for popular blogs, there are often scrapers copying content. They copy the RSS feed and automatically copy content from the site as they are published. There is no particularly effective way to stop this but there is something you can do to your benefit. Add links in your content to yourself. There are different ways to do it or you could use a plugin to get it done. Anyways,make sure you have a good link on your content and footer (of the RSS feed) so that who ever scrapes your content is forced to link back to you. ;)

These are the most efficient ways to build backlinks, but be careful with buying links, it’s really not recommended by SEO experts. The next section will be about techniques for building backlinks.


Traffic Building Tools And Websites: Social Marketing And Link Building For Designers

A lot has changed now and social media is changing rapidly. This article will help you see hidden gold mines you can discover to build a lot of back links, bring huge social media traffic and enjoy the whole process along the way. I participate in social media mainly because I need traffic, but I also enjoy that I am able to communicate with a lot of people, find good articles I would never find otherwise and learn a lot of stuff all the time! And this skill always comes handy whenever you deal with the Internet – everybody needs more traffic, more buyers, more visibility and good brand built online!


In this section you won’t find advanced explanations how to use each of the services, just basic tips, you’ll get a glimpse of everything. I am creating this article for my own one stop place while doing promotion. Work hard on bigger networks and submit your links to small social sharing sites, submit news and in the end you’ll get good back links, good visibility and social traffic! My own 1stWebDesigner success is built through these websites, which allowed me to get 50,000 unique visitors to my site in its first month of existence. Now I have developed my skills and I am giving you tools and sites which work today (however I also added comments on sites, which are popular but are hard to master, be aware of these too).

1. Twitter

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Twitter, undoubtedly is the largest source of visitors for many blogs and websites nowadays. Do it the right way and you’ll see how the conversion rate rises. Twitter can be a big waste of time so check out some of the tools I recommend to automate some of the tasks and spend your precious time just on things that really matter and produce the greatest benefit to your company.

There are some great tools to use to effectively automate your account and easily follow up conversations.

My top picks are:

BufferApp

This online application will help you in your daily browsing by allowing you to schedule your posts to Twitter any time you visit a worthy link, article, picture, video – and the best thing is this app will analyze your Twitter followers and will schedule tweets at times when your audience is the most responsive and active. I tried several apps for tweet scheduling, but this is by far the best I’ve found so far!

Bufferapp social media promotion tool

Dlvr.it

If you own the blog as I do you will want to promote your articles on Twitter, Facebook and more with ease. Dlvr.it automates this process by tweeting and posting articles on Facebook automatically once they are published. Small app is a huge time saver! This site also has a lot more built in features such as analysis, automatically adding a hash tag and more. Irreplaceable tool in your social media promotion toolbox.

Dlvr it social media promotion tool

Tweetdeck

Since Twitter purchased Tweetdeck they have released a new version together with the new Twitter. The new version of Tweetdeck is stripped down, but for me it still fulfills my needs and if Twitter owns it I am sure they will maintain top quality and fix any bugs it might have. I love Tweetdeck’s multiple columns, the previous version wasn’t running smoothly on Mac, but this one certainly is!

My suggestion is to use Tweetdeck for closer communication with your followers and getting to know more people.  Be sure to also check @ replies to thank you for retweets and engage in conversations you started.

Tweetdeck social media promotion tool

Triberr

This is a lovely ‘invite only’ community which is built all around the concept of tribes. The basic idea is to become a part of a like-minded tribe, where everybody is interested in a particular topic. There you just add your RSS feed and other people in your tribe will see your updates and will tweet your posts if they find them interesting. It’s like a link exchange service, only you choose what to promote, of course you need to be in the right tribe with people who don’t just spam their users, but search for value – and these people actually will help you the most if they choose to tweet your article! Friendly community and it was the most buzzed about Twitter community project a few months ago. Worth a shot.

Ask on Twitter for invites or ask me.

Tribber social media promotion tool

2. Facebook

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Facebook, the other social giant, and specifically Facebook pages are definitely a great way to promote your content. Note that FB is different from Twitter, for example, you need to post here just 1-2 times daily and here you need to work much harder to get attention and drive traffic. Focus on high quality – I usually curate Twitter tweets from BufferApp and post the top performing tweets on Facebook.

Also try to mix these updates with questions, ask your visitors opinions about trendy topics, create contests there – provide value! Ah and by the way I am using Dlvr.it for 1WD Facebook page to automatically post new 1WD articles there.

3. StumbleUpon

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StumbleUpon was a serious traffic source before Twitter and Facebook flourished and I believe it will be back on track after the redesign.

Here are some quick tips on how to gain friends, get more shares and traffic in result.

You cannot get anywhere with friends that are interested in the same topic you are and would want to exchange stumbles between each other. One way to increase your profile visibility would be just to stumble like crazy, leave reviews on another similar websites and hope you will be noticed, but I suggest you to take the  smarter route. Reach all the people directly, find the ones who are active and are interested in the same niche – approach them, explain how you can both benefit from being friends and if you’re lucky – you’ll get your first SU friend! Repeat this process until you are happy and you have enough people in your circle.

The second step is to actually fulfill your promises – stumble what your friends are sharing from the bookmarklet SU provides and ask the same back! However don’t go crazy, only promote really good stuff and remember that SU people have short attention spans – so focus on images or video instead of long text articles! Sharing is clunky, you need to click one by one to each person you want to share your website with, but you’ll get your rewards. Just be consistent and SU can be beautiful first traffic and ongoing traffic forever!

To let you dig deeper, here is a beautiful SU traffic guide.

4. Digg

Ah, there were good Digg days, when it was possible to get really good traffic easily here, remember the famous Digg effect and traffic spikes? Well, now everything has changed and if you’re super smart and knowledgeable, you can try Digg, but for most of us it is just a big waste of time.

Not recommended anymore for easy traffic – Twitter, Facebook, SU are much better ways to build your brand and together with it, drive traffic. With Digg mostly it was just about traffic, but now even that’s lost – they don’t have much traffic anymore even if you get on the front page, and believe me it’s super hard to get there anyway. I was a Digg power user and still 1WD only made it to the front page a few times where twice it was quickly buried and twice we got really good traffic, but it was very a small amount for the amount of effort we put in to get there in the first place.

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Of course, despite all the bad luck with redesigns Digg is still a significant player in the game of social promoting if you really know how to play that game.

5. Designbump

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Although it has become a little neglected Designbump still is a useful library to find tons of design related news around the web. I suggest this one especially for building links, you need to get 9-10 votes to get on the front page, but even if you don’t, you still show up in their database.

The traffic building tips on Designbump are the same as SU, write personal messages to like-minded, active people and work on exchanging votes. Do not waste too much here though, because traffic isn’t that great.

6. Google+

Yet not reached it’s potential till now, Google+ is a powerful social network the largest bloggers are already using actively. Google+ is the newest player in the social media field, but it’s been growing quickly and it is predicted it will reach 200 million users in 2012.

Here it’s all about the people and the circles you establish – if you can build up a strong following, you will get great rewards!

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7. Reddit

Reddit is tough one, because it is a very strong and private community which neglects outside promoters who just want to build traffic. My suggestion is – if you cannot blend in with the community and mix up your submissions and activity with promotion, don’t even start here. You’ll get burned quickly. But however if you love a geeky community and would enjoy spending free time there anyway, you can get high rewards, most of Digg’s traffic went to Reddit after it’s redesign, remember that!

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8. LinkedIn

LinkedIn is changing all the time and actually improving, I’ve tried using their forums and promoted my articles through there and surprisingly got some traffic easily. But basically all you need to do is to provide value, be active and make use of that community! The same way as all other social networks: you need to communicate and approach many people to gain attention, nothing will come if you don’t ask for it and actually initiate the first step.

Here is good article explaining how to use the new LinkedIn company pages.

Linkedin social media promotion tool

9. Ffffound

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Ffffound is another image bookmarking service where you can submit your inspiration related content.

12. Designm.ag

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The community news is one of the major sections of DesignM.ag. All submissions will be moderated yet they’re charging a review fee of $2.99 so that may hold lot of people back.

13. Designflavr

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14. Fuel network

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Fuel network consists of 9 websites. Anyone can submit links with a short description which will then appear in the sidebar.

15. 10steps

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17. Desizntech

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18. Instantshift

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19. Fubiz

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Fubiz is a superb place to find inspiration and they’ve got a quick link feed in the sidebar where you can submit your links.

22. CSS Drive

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23. Designrfix

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25. Dzone

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27. Tutorial9

Tutorial9 used to be a big Photoshop tutorial site, but David Legget decided to change it all and  now it’s more of a design article curation site with a growing community. Submit your best design related content here.

Tutorial9 social media promotion tool

28. Zootool

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Bookmarking services with search feature like Zootool can be a great way to attract new readers.


More Link and traffic building resources:

It wouldn’t be fair just to leave you with simple list right? That’s why I found and included several more articles, which I found outstanding and super valuable to read for anybody interested in link building and social media marketing! Here you go..


 

  • Viperchill SEO and Social media categories – SEO, link building and tips how to attract traffic. Learn how to do keyword research, learn powerful link building techniques. On social media page you’ll get a lot of social media traffic building tips and different look on everything – switch on stealth mode and be ready to be educated!
  • 30 Link Building/Link Baiting Techniques That Work in 2011 – this is beautiful article showing different techniques you can use to build links and get some traffic, if you think you’re doing a lot to promote your stuff, think again.
  • 5 Ways to Use Google+ to Improve Your Search Engine Optimization – behind Google+ is Google which means you will leverage a lot in search results if you use this service, learn how to do it!
  • Top 20 Social Media Blogs 2012 – SocialMediaExaminer is searching for top social media blogs and each site here has amazing articles, if you want to be social media guru, you need to improve all the time. Check these blogs and subscribe to your favorites for daily social media tips and inspiration!
  • 30 Brilliant Social Media Marketing Tips From 2011 – in this article you’ll discover 30 tips from all the most known websites in this niche! A lot of ideas you should consider in your own social media promotion.
  • Backlinks Checker Tool – See all sites where are backlink to your site.
  • SEO PowerSuite – Turn your website into an unshakable search engine leader with the only world-standard SEO software. (See video)
  • Knowem – Allows you to check for the use of your brand, product, personal name or username instantly on over 400 popular and emerging social media websites.
  • Link Exchange Directory – Gain only one-way inbound links.
  • Kwmap – A keyword map for the whole internet.
  • Google Adwords – Shows similar and searched keywords.
  • Keyword density check – This tool parse the most frequently keyword of a website and calculates his percentage share.
  • KeywordDifficultyTool – Get data on any keyword term / phrase including Keyword Difficulty scores & Google AdWords search volume.
  • SEO for Firefox – Pulls useful market research data right into Google’s and Yahoo!’s search results.
  • Alexa Ranks – Alexa page rank.
  • Raven Internet Marketing Tools – Manage your SEO and Social Media, Research and track keywords and competitors.
  • Backlink Builder – Building quality backlinks.
  • Linkvalue and Linkprice calculator – The linkprice calculator reckon the link value per month of a entered website. This link value is calculated from many search engines important factors.
  • Ahrefs position explorer – check where you stand in Google.
  • Rank Checker – Rank checking tool allows you to check your rankings in Google, Yahoo!, and Microsoft Live search results.
  • URL rewriting tool – Rewrites ugly url to SEO friendly.
  • Title And Meta Tags Generator – Helps to choose title and meta tags.
  • Different Data Page Rank – With the Multi PageRank Check you can check the PageRank from different google data centers.
  • Google Gadgets – These allow you to make SEO tools conveniently available anywhere.
  • and a big list of other SEO tools,
  • and here too.

Okay and finally I wanted to ask what are your favorite social media and content marketing techniques and back link building tools, you use? Don’t be greedy – share them with us so we all can improve, it won’t hurt anybody!

Next thing up will be a few tips on how to increase traffic to your website.


How You Can Increase Traffic to Your Website

Streamlining snippets of data into eye-catching infographics has been around since 30,000 BC, utilized in cave paintings for engaging storylines that are easy to follow. They have evolved to meet the current needs of a quickly changing online society, ensuring that wandering minds are focused on a certain concept. With vibrant themes and an interesting layout, you will be able to capture the focus of your clientele so that your information stays centered in the forefront of a quickly changing marketplace.


Traffic

Sir Ed McCabe once said,

“Creativity is one of the last remaining legal ways of gaining an unfair advantage over the competition.”

In this marketplace, that advantage is crucial, and the way to achieve it is with innovative infographics. Utilizing flowing designs to reel in your audience can make the difference for your company. You have to find the shortest and most inventive way to organize your data and make it visually appealing and understanding for your consumer.

What do They Do for Your Business?

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Infographics offer a variety of ways for your users to understand your data

Data conception through infographics is an incredibly effective tool for branding as customers remember 80% of what they see and do.

These data pieces work for your brand by:

  • Drawing attention to your concept through intriguing graphics and compelling data while utilizing a simple format that does not increase the user’s cognitive burden.
  • Providing a mutually beneficial visual that markets your business and is highly shareable by affiliates because it has appeal to their market. Today’s biggest social media platforms navigate primarily through picture sharing, so choosing this option to market your business will create easy opportunities for your brand to get recognized.
  • Offering a variety of ways for your users to understand your data. Some customers will make their decisions based on blog posts and lists while others will gather their information based on your infographic. Offering multiple ways to read your content is a clear advantage in marketing.

By broadening your marketing techniques and thinking more visually, you are increasing your consumer’s knowledge of your brand and services.

Choosing Your Infographic

Infographics can also be a great tool for branding

Infographics can also be a great tool for branding

Many businesses need assistance as they utilize this marketing tool and turn to infographic designers to help them. A good infographic designer will help a business choose which is the best direction to take to make sure they entertain, engage, and educate their audience using the wealth of data they have at their fingertips.

When it comes to solid infographics, most business topics will offer enough engaging material to transform previously static text into an informative and impressive viewing experience. There is an endless stream of data that could be converted into visual form: general timelines about your business or a proposed roll out that displays your business in an interesting light.

This list of Infographic ideas can help businesses kick-start their concept. Finding a visual way to explain an important process, make a comparison between your work and a competitor, or offer a collection of ideas, quotes, or statistics can be overwhelming; however, the only limit to your brand is your imagination and the skill of your designer to make that image come true.

Avoiding Terrible Infographics

It is important to nail the right blend of information and visuals to ensure that your infographic will be an effective tool or you will have wasted all of your efforts. Here are some common pitfalls to avoid:

Too Much Text

Too much text distracts

Too much text distracts

No matter how amazing your visuals are or how compelling the data is, when you cram too much text into your infographic you will immediately lose your audience. The text should support the visuals and make them more compelling.

Jumbled Narrative

Visuals still need a structured narrative

Visuals still need a structured narrative

Your infographic should flow smoothly and logically. Just because you are painting your data instead of writing it, that does not remove the need for a structured narrative. It should have a logical beginning, middle, and end.

Generic Appearance

Your infographic should be intriguing enough

Your infographic should be intriguing enough

A generic infographic will be completely ignored, even by those who are in your target audience. There is no shortage of intriguing infographics on the Internet, so your consumers’ eye will skip over a bland design.

Do not skimp on your design, as it is the most crucial part that will attract consumers. These mistakes can cost you your base, or make you seem out of touch and boring.

Make Your Infographic Work for You

Infographics take time and energy to create, so you should use it more than once to boost your traffic. It is simple to make sure that your infographic continues to work for you long after the original design is completed.

Infographics Can be Recycled into a White Paper or Press Release

Many businesses forget that an infographic can be used anywhere, not just as a relevant static page. A clever business will use the same research and data for a press release, white paper, or investigative piece, utilizing the best pieces of the infographic and re-cycling the data.

Link Credits

If your infographic is engaging and explains a complex theory in an understandable way, you have a high chance of going viral on the Internet. This is not only good for general traffic and shares, but you will get link credits from many blogs and sites across the Internet.

Infographics Have ROI and Measurable Results

Infographics are an amazing form of public relations that offer measurable results through social shares, citations, traffic generating, and backlinks. These trackable results make it easy for SEO departments to accumulate data and create comprehensive ROI reports.

The following list of Infographic ideas will help to jump start the flow of ideas so that you can quickly showcase an important process; make a direct comparison between your services and a competitors, or display ideas and statistics.

This list can help you get started with a lot of ideas

About the Author:

Vikas Agrawal is an Online Marketing Expert & Infographic Designer. Vikas Agrawal co-founded Infobrandz to ensure that their clients are creating top-notch visual content to educate and engage their clients. His creative designing service is known for innovative Infographic designs and solid presentation skills that boost business and online traffic.

We are offering you a candy in this article. How to build your own traffic tracker.


Build Your Own  Visitor Tracking System

If you want a personalized visit tracker that shows you only what you need? This is the right place to be! In this tutorial we will show you how to build your own small tracking system! If you have a website, you are probably interested in knowing who visits you site. You might want to know the number of visitors, where are they from, how did they get to your site, etc. There are some online tracking options available, like google analytics or if you are using a hosting service they might offer you some statistics.


Today We Are Building Your Own Visit Tracker

Updated: April 23, 2013

I’ll show you how to build a small tracking system with this small tracker php script that saves the following information about your visitors in a database: their ip address, their location (country and city) based on their ip, the date and time of their visit, some information about the browser they used and their operating system, the referer (if they clicked on a link on another site to get to yours, you will know which site referred them) and the query string they searched for in case they were referred by a search engine. I will also show you how to check if the visitor was a bot (these are software applications that run automated tasks over the Internet). I’ll show you how to write this small script and also a page with some statistics from the database.

You can download the source code here. You can also see a live demonstration here.

First, we need a table in the database to hold the information about the visitors. We’ll call it “tracker”.

We’ll need the following columns in the table: id, date, time, ip, country, city, query_string, http_referer, http_user_agent, isbot (this will hold the value 1 is the user is a bot and 0 otherwise).

Here’s the sql command needed to create the table:

[sql]

CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS `tracker` (
`id` int(11) NOT NULL auto_increment,
`date` date NOT NULL,
`time` time NOT NULL,
`ip` text NOT NULL,
`country` text NOT NULL,
`city` text NOT NULL,
`query_string` text NOT NULL,
`http_referer` text NOT NULL,
`http_user_agent` text NOT NULL,
`isbot` int(11) NOT NULL,
PRIMARY KEY (`id`)
);

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Next, we’ll need a small php script that finds out all the needed info and inserts it into the database.

Here are the things we will need to do:

  • Get the necessary info from the server
  • Find the location based on the ip address
  • Check if the visitor is a bot
  • Insert everything into the database

Here’s the code to retrieve the information from the server:

[php]

$ip = $_SERVER[‘REMOTE_ADDR’];
$query_string = $_SERVER[‘QUERY_STRING’];
$http_referer = $_SERVER[‘HTTP_REFERER’];
$http_user_agent = $_SERVER[‘HTTP_USER_AGENT’];

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$_SERVER is an array containing information such as headers, paths, and script locations. The entries in this array are created by the web server. We will save the ip of the visitor ($_SERVER[‘REMOTE_ADDR’]), the referrer ($_SERVER[‘HTTP_REFERER’]), the query string user to search ($_SERVER[‘QUERY_STRING’]) and the data about the visitors browser and operating system (SERVER[‘HTTP_USER_AGENT’]).

The function to check if a visitor is a bot looks like this:

[php]

function is_bot()
{
$botlist = array("Teoma", "alexa", "froogle", "Gigabot", "inktomi",
"looksmart", "URL_Spider_SQL", "Firefly", "NationalDirectory",
"Ask Jeeves", "TECNOSEEK", "InfoSeek", "WebFindBot", "girafabot",
"crawler", "www.galaxy.com", "Googlebot", "Scooter", "Slurp",
"msnbot", "appie", "FAST", "WebBug", "Spade", "ZyBorg", "rabaz",
"Baiduspider", "Feedfetcher-Google", "TechnoratiSnoop", "Rankivabot",
"Mediapartners-Google", "Sogou web spider", "WebAlta Crawler","TweetmemeBot",
"Butterfly","Twitturls","Me.dium","Twiceler");
foreach($botlist as $bot)
{
if(strpos($_SERVER[‘HTTP_USER_AGENT’], $bot) !== false)
return true;
}
return false;
}

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I have found a list of bots. To check is a visitor is a bot, we need to check the $_SERVER[‘HTTP_USER_AGENT’] variable.

Finding out the location details using the ip address is a bit more difficult. We will need to make a request to a server that finds this sort of information, get the result from the server, parse the result and get the country and city names. We will be using the API from ipinfodb.com. To be able to use their service, you will need to request a free API key. You can find more info about how to get one and how to use their service on their site.

The php code we need looks like this:

[php]
include(‘ip2locationlite.class.php’);
//Load the class
$ipLite = new ip2location_lite;
$ipLite->setKey(‘ADD_API_KEY_HERE’);

//Get errors and locations
$locations = $ipLite->getCity($ip);
$errors = $ipLite->getError();

//Getting the result
if (!empty($locations) && is_array($locations)) {
foreach ($locations as $field => $val) {
if ($field == ‘countryName’)
$country = $val;
if ($field == ‘cityName’)
$city = $val;
}
}
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The php class is provided by ipinfodb to make it easier for us to use the service. Make sure to set the API key in the code. All this code does is to call the getCity() method from their API to get the location info and check in the result for the values we want (city and country names).

We set the $isbot variable to 1 if the visitor is a bot and 0 otherwise. We will save this variable in the database.

[php]

if (is_bot())
$isbot = 1;
else
$isbot = 0;

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We’ll get the system date and time

[php]

$date = date("Y-m-d");
$time = date("H:i:s");

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We’ve retrieved all the information we wanted! Next, we will have to add all the information into the database.

We need to set the database server, database name, user name and password, then connect to the database server and the database.

[php]

$server = "SERVER NAME";
$username = "USER NAME";
$password = "PASSWORD";
$database = "DATABASE NAME";
$connId = mysql_connect($server,$username,$password) or die("Cannot connect to server");
$selectDb = mysql_select_db($database,$connId) or die("Cannot connect to database");

[/php]

Another thing we have to be careful about is preventing any sql injection attacks. For this, we will have to apply the method mysql_real_escape_string() to all values before inserting them into the database.

Then, we run the query to insert the information into the tracker table.

[php]

$query = "insert into `tracker` (`country`,`city`,`date`, `time`, `ip`, `query_string`, `http_referer`, `http_user_agent`, `isbot`)
values (‘$country’,’$city’,’$date’, ‘$time’, ‘$ip’, ‘$query_string’, ‘$http_referer’ ,’$http_user_agent’ , $isbot)";
$result = mysql_query($query);

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All the information we wanted is now saved in the database!

All we need to do now is include this script in the main page of the site and we can track the visitors! We could also add this script to the other pages of the site, add another variable to hold the page name and insert this in the database as well. This way, we will know exactly what pages did the user browse on the site.

I’ll also show you how to create a page to view some statistics. There are loads of statistics that you may want to view using the information from the database. I’ll show you a small example, which will do the following:

  • show the number of unique visitors
  • show a table with all the visitors

The code for this is shown below.

[html]
<html>

<head>
<title>Statistics</title>
</head>

<body>

<h1>Statistics</h1>

<br/><br/>

The number of unique visitors is:
<?php
// connect to the database

// fill in your databasa data here!
$server = "SERVER NAME";
$username = "USER NAME";
$password = "PASSWORD";
$database = "DATABASE NAME";

$connId = mysql_connect($server,$username,$password) or die("Cannot connect to server");
$selectDb = mysql_select_db($database,$connId) or die("Cannot connect to database");

// get the number of unique visitors
$query = "select distinct ip from tracker";
$result = mysql_query($query);
$number = mysql_num_rows($result);

// show the number
echo $number;
?>

<br/><br/>

Site’s visitors:
<br/><br/>
<table border="1">
<tr>
<th>Id</th>
<th>IP</th>
<th>Country</th>
<th>City</th>
<th>Referer</th>
<th>Is a bot?</th>
</tr>
<?php
// get the list of visitors
$query = "select * from tracker";
$result = mysql_query($query);
while ($row = mysql_fetch_array($result))
{
?>
<tr>
<td><?php echo $row[‘id’];?></td>
<td><?php echo $row[‘ip’];?></td>
<td><?php echo $row[‘country’];?></td>
<td><?php echo $row[‘city’];?></td>
<td><?php echo $row[‘http_referer’];?></td>
<td><?php if ($row[‘isbot’]==1) echo "yes"; else echo "no";?></td>
</tr>
<?php
}
?>
</table>

</body>

</html>
[/html]

What we’ve done was to retrieve the information from the database using the appropriate sql queries and print the information on the screen.

And that’s about it! We now have a visitor tracker!

If you have questions, comments or need further details on something, please let me know. I’d be happy to help!


Conclusion

As you can see there is a big amount of tool, websites and techniques to track traffic and build backlinks. Hopefully these tips and tricks will help you to do your job better and enjoy the ride along the way. Tell us what do you think and what are you using to build traffic and backlinks?

Editorial Team

Written by Editorial Team

64 Comments

  1. This is an excellent list of tools to track traffic.
    I use semrush and its pretty accurate for any website. Semrush is deserved to be added in that list.

    Reply

  2. You totally nailed it! Some tools are quiet new to me and I think I should give them a try. I also bookmarked this page so I can check it again whenever I need them. :)

    Reply

    1. Dainis Graveris April 15, 2016 at 05:40

      Thanks Jeric! :)

      Reply

  3. This is an excellent list of tools to track traffic.
    I use semrush and its pretty accurate for any website. Semrush is deserved to be added in that list.

    Reply

  4. I think Alexa is the best to track traffic and popular statistics

    Reply

  5. Could you suggest some good wordpress plugins for tracking SEo stats..

    Reply

  6. My website has a PR1 and I am determined to make it at least PR2. Do I need to enroll myself to all those statistics related sites? Which of them is the best, aside from Alexa and Google analytics?

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  7. Thanks for the list, but can anyone give me the link to compete analytics where I can get the tracking code for my website. I’m not finding it anywhere on their page.

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  8. hi, all above all the tools are owesome and specially google analytics is very finest tool in the internet worldwide.

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  9. Thank you for the tips! These were useful. I think I’ll stick to Google Analytics.

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  10. I have to thank you for the fantastic work for items that you write.
    I am a regular reader of your site and always tell friends to visit your thousand. Once again thanks:)

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  11. Lots of free tips, thanks

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  12. Lately for some reason histat is not providing the actual data.

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  13. Does anyone know of a tool that allows you to track visits in realtime and display them on your site?

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    1. Rean John Uehara July 17, 2011 at 02:24

      There is GetClicky which tracks everything in real-time but I’m not sure if it has an app for displaying things on your site.

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  14. good list of options. as alexa plug in cant effectively apply at all site.

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  15. Just the link we need! We’ve wanted to use more tracking tools especially those that can help us compare our site with other sites that provide article writing services :) Thanks for this!

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  16. Very good article. Thanks a lot. Till now I have used only alexa and google analytics. Will use these tools too

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  17. Nice list. I want also to suggest opensiteexplorer.org. This is a powerful backlink watch tool. First you must register for an account. Then you will gain free access to backlink reports Up to 1,000 links. It’s a useful site with lot of interesting metrics.

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  18. great article. thanks for the tips:)

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  19. thanks…that was quite a handful of good websites :)

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  20. Very informative and nice post. I think google analytics is the best in all these sites. I look forward to see some more posts like this in future from you.

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  21. Great article! I’ve been looking for tools to track web traffic other than google analytics

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  22. Excellent post, very helpful…

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  23. Nice Share….awesome post…I like your excellent articles……this is very helpful for us….. I m sharing this post in my group……

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  24. I like this friend. So cool

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  25. I’m looking for a good solution for comparing the pageviews for multiple websites on 1 page.

    Do you know of any widgets or sites that allow you to embed pageview info in a blog and then update that info in realtime?

    Thanks for your post and for your help.

    Josh

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  26. Anyone tried ? It’s really cool.

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  27. Thanks so much for a great list. I love the Alexa feature and will use it to promote my
    Please keep these useful resources, links and help coming.
    Thanks again

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  28. Good tools-
    Best-

    Wayne

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  29. Nice article. By the way I will add to this list one of my favorite site – http://www.surcentro.com – It will provide Alexa, Compete ranks and graph, unique visitors per day and other extra information about keyword.

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  30. One always wants to drive traffic to their website or blog on a daily basis. This is normally achieved by performing various SEO traffic techniques that help in driving traffic by either doing it yourself or hiring an expert. In the former case, you will end up spending too much time doing it yourself as the processes are time consuming and cumbersome while in the latter case you will save on time but end up spending a lot of money to the provider.

    Want Web Traffic Click Here

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  31. BSA is really nice way to get it to work.

    I use to valuate it more.

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  32. I personaly use some of those methods.Quant cast is my favorite as I can use it to determine the demographic of my market at a glance. I also use GetClicky which is very user friendly. But whats the use of tracking traffic if you don’t have any. Go to Web Traffic Genius to get access to one of the most powerful tool for generating pure targeted traffic.

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  33. Hi Dainis,

    Just discovered your site. I love it and could read all night but have to get to bed. Saw you were from Riga Latvia. I had friends in Klaipeda, Lithuania and I’ve always wanted to visit the Baltic states. I’ll be back often to read your great posts. Loved quarkbase.com.

    Thanks,
    Brian

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  34. Thanks for these list of services! I use google adwords for quite some time, but does it make sense to use an other service in addition? If yes, which one?

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  35. Hi! a great site valuation tool is http://www.estimix.com . It provides competitive analysis for free and it seems to use the Alexa traffic information quite well.

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  36. Another useful estimator for the value of each website is http://www.estimix.com . The estimation provided is the result of a complex analysis based on factors like: the age of the website, the demographic structure of the traffic, the countries where the website is popular and sources of the traffic. It provides trusted information, helpful for an objective human analysis.

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  37. thanks all the information about traffic was very helpful, and also Website Grader was helpful, thank you for information.

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  38. I use only Google analytics and am very happy with it :)

    But thanks for sharing some great sites for traffic analysis.

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  39. I am using Google Analytics, Sitemeter and whoas.amung.us to track my visitors. Will only look into other tools once i have more articles and visitors. Thanks Dainix!

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  40. Hi..
    Nice list,I have been using Google analytic for all of my traffic purpose, But have nit used all of them mentioned in your article, would surely try out some of them mentioned.
    Anyways nice post.
    Thanks..
    John..

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  41. I like the visual that is google….Proved to compare

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  42. Nice info thanks.

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  43. iDevelopThings February 9, 2009 at 03:33

    Thanks for the post.. helpful!

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  44. Nice list

    Like Google Analytics, but what about Woopra? It’a also very good ;)

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  45. I like this list. Thanks for sharing it Dainis :D

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  46. I’m another Google Analytics user, but it’s nice to know there are so many other options.

    Thanks.

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  47. wow ! it’s really good stuff u gave here.

    Thanx.

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  48. Thomas | Santhos Webdesign January 15, 2009 at 00:30

    Veru usefull post! SearchStatus is a great tool which I didn’t know already but I’m now using it!

    You might wanna check out ‘Seo for Firefox’. Another great plugin which adds some useful information to the Google search results!

    Great post!

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  49. I find compete to be the most accurate out of the whole lot of them.

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  50. @ Dainis Google Analytics does have option of heatmaps.. Didn’t tried the accuracy or usefulness, but it does have option.

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  51. Dainis Graveris January 13, 2009 at 13:20

    @Raymond I agree, I yesterday looked at that website too, but thought it somehow don’t belongs here, although pretty unique feature to get application on computer :)

    @GDevelop happy to help – even better if it’s useful! :)

    @Software thanks for share, very useful – however I have a little bit different article telling how to track other people statistics, but this list is very promising. I’ll check it out! :)

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  52. Thanks for this collection to analytic sites.

    I will try out at least two new tools i didn’t know about:
    Quarkbase and Website Grader

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  53. Thanks for these links! they are jewels for the web people especially those that are curious and particular when it comes to stats.

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  54. Nice list. Woopra is also good.

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  55. very useful tools thank you Dainis

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  56. Dainis Graveris January 13, 2009 at 00:39

    @Nicholi only one thing I think google analytics misses is heatmap :)

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  58. Dainis Graveris January 12, 2009 at 23:24

    @Dee Langdon thanks for good words, use them well:))

    @Trond Google analytics is great tool for just Your site statistics, but I am talking about other ranking systems and how to compare and get to know Your competitors too.!

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  59. I have not tested everyone, but so far i’m in love with Google Analytics..!

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  60. Here’s another list on Web Analytics Tools:
    1. Piwik
    2. FireStats
    3. Snoop
    4. Yahoo! Web Analytics
    5. BBClone
    6. Woopra
    7. JAWStats
    8. 4Q
    9. MochiBot
    10. Grape Web Statistics

    From:
    http://sixrevisions.com/usabilityaccessibility/10-promising-free-web-analytics-tools/

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  61. Dee Langdon - BloggerNewbie January 12, 2009 at 21:32

    Woo! Thanks for all the stat software. I like to use a few to compare and check and balance!

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