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How to chk traffic for INDIVIDUAL PAGES on a site?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by digitalbum, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. digitalbum

    digitalbum Newbie

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    Ok, I'm going to try this again. I already asked this question and everybody kept thinking I was talking about a general website traffic stat checker like alexa or compete.com

    Seeing stats for the main url (http://miami.craigslist.org or http://www.backpage.com) does me no good, since am looking for particular spots that are best to advertise in on sites like CL, backpage, etc and some areas get a ton of traffic while others get hardly any.

    What I am looking for instead is a way to check the difference in stats (either exact or at least get a good idea of it) between, say, Miami, FL Craigslist's pets section (http://miami.craigslist.org/pet) vs their groups section (http://miami.craigslist.org/grp) vs business section (http://miami.craigslist.org/biz), etc.

    Aside from hacking, the method(s) could be Blackhat, Greyhat, Bluehat, Purple polkadot hat, I don't care. Any valid tips would be appreciated.

    (and yes, I did try searching google and also this site, no luck)
     
  2. GreyWolf

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    You can check most of that in google analytics.

    Go to the Content tab and you can check the traffic stats on any individual site on your page. See what your top landing pages are, most visited pages, top content, exit pages, etc.

    There's other tools you can use to, but for what your asking google analytics has it.
     
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    @Wolf: i doubt that he has access to CL`s analytics ;)
     
  4. 195471

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    You can put a small, unique image in your ad (like a 1x1 white square with a different file name for each ad URL) that is hosted on one of your sites. Then you can check the analytics of that site to see which of those images are being requested the most.
     
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    LOL, I just read the question straight through as a webmaster stats question. I thought he just used the CL urls as an example website. That'll teach me to pay more attention. LOL

    @OP - I just reread you question. 195471 just gave a great solution for you if you want to run some test ads. That might be your best solution right now. Just use a different image on every ad you run and you can track the #view for every ad. That's actually a pretty good system to set up to track the effectiveness of all your ads like that. If you don't have a hosting account then you could do the same thing using some of the free hit counter websites. Just set up a seperate hit counter for every ad you run, and select "hidden" for the display type.

    That will only help you after you decide to place a test ad on the site. I'm not sure you're going to find anything that will give your that detailed of stats on someone elses website. It would be handy to have though for researching the best places to advertise without having to post test ads first. If I come across any stats programs or websites that will do that I'll try to find this thread again so I can let you know.


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    I just checked at compete.com and it looks like they "might" have the stats you want if you have the pro account. I only have a free account so I can't verify if the pro account does what you need, but you could probably send them an email and see if those stats are available with the pro account. The cheapest pro level though is $199/mo so you really need to be planning to make a lot of comparisons to make it worthwhile.
     
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  6. digitalbum

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    Nice! :) Finally a valid answer! Thanks a bunch. I guess when you say one of my sites you mean I would need to startup a website that has image/file hosting and just link it from any directory? Or can I use something like an imageshack/photobucket/flickr account for this?
     
  7. digitalbum

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    lol, same thing all the others did too in my prior post. My fault, I should have said in the 1st line "NOT A WEBMASTER STATS QUESTION!" :p

    That hit counter thing sounds like a great idea too, I'll check that out :)
    You know of any good free hosting accounts I could have my images at? In case CL has blocked counters (hey, who knows...they've blocked just about everything else)

    OK thanks ;)
    Yah it seems that posting first will have to be my method to use, as far as free methods anyway. And I am already signed up with compete.com free account but there's no way I can even think of doing any of their paid services (or any other paid services for that matter) at this point. Too much $$ going out right now, need more coming in 1st. But I will email them and ask anyway for future reference.
     
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    I'm not sure of any free image hosting services that will give stats on the number of time an image is accessed. Maybe though, you'll just need to check them out. The better solution would be to buy a really cheap .info domain name and then find a really cheap hosting account to put it on. If you shop around you could probably get what you need for under $5/month.

    Most of the hit counters work in the same manner by accessing a file on the hit counter website. Since you don't actually need to display a counter you can probably just look at the script they give you to figure out what the file is and then just post that image the same way as if you were hosting it yourself. Then you just have to go to the hit counter website to check the stats instead of just looking on your ad. It's been a few years since I used any free hit counters like that so I can't tell you what would be a good one.

    I really think setting up the cheapest hosted website is the best solution for you. Do a little keyword research first then you can pick up some keyword domain and along with hosting the tracking images you can try promoting some clickbank product, or trying adsense, or maybe even try a cpa from the website. It's something to think about. It's not who I use so I can't vouch for them, but GoDaddy.com has a deal where you can get 10gb domain hosting for $1.99 per month and register a domain name for $1.99 first year. So that works out less than $3/month for you. That's pretty damned close to free if you're only getting the one. :cool:
     
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  9. 195471

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    You're welcome. :)

    What I would do is set up your own domain to use for hosting the images because I don't think you'll get the data you need from free image hosting sites. Like GreyWolf suggested, you can just a get a .info and cheap hosting for this.
     
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    You're welcome. :)

    What I would do is set up your own domain to use for hosting the images because I don't think you'll get the data you need from free image hosting sites. Like GreyWolf suggested, you can just a get a .info and cheap hosting for this.

    EDIT: Sorry for the double post -- I thought the first one didn't get posted, so I tried again.
     
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  11. digitalbum

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    Awesome! Thanks GreyWolf. And yes I have used godaddy alot in the past, they are very good (especially customer service), I didn't realize they had that deal. Probably because I ignore all their ads LOL (well, up till now). :p
     
  12. digitalbum

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    Gotcha. thanks ;)