Category Archives: Internet Marketing

Redirect URLs to hide Google Analytics query strings

One of the great things about Google Analytics, is how easy it is to track your incoming traffic. And if you’re running an email campaign, or pushing some other outside link source, you can use their link builder to create a query string that tracks the individual sources and campaigns. (See their tool here.)

However, the only problem with this is that if you’re encouraging social sharing at the destination URL, those query strings can cause problems. Facebook sees them as unique pages, and twitter sharing looks ugly. So, I found this solution that quickly and easily cleans up the URL for social sharing, while maintaining the tracking from the query string.

Basically, just add the following code below your _trackPageview call.

if (window.history && history.replaceState && location.search.match(/utm_/)) {
_gaq.push(function(){
history.replaceState({}, "", location.pathname); //assuming you want no query string
});
}

This was originally posted at Stack Overflow here.
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/934119/track-campaigns-with-google-analytics-without-query-string-parameters

Get better at keeping track of affilliate programs

I’m definitely a amateur when it comes to PPC campaigns, but I still have a lot of fun with them. However, my wife likes to make sure I’m staying in the black and not venturing into the deep red of negative margins. When I heard about the new InstaCalc website, where you can build your own calculators, I headed over and made a little quick one to track profits on campaigns.

I’m sure there are easier ways to do this, and when you’re covering hundreds of campaigns, this would be ridiculous, but it’s still fun and somewhat useful, so here it is:

Earners Blog Review

Part of getting better at things, is knowing where to look for the information. And for me, getting even better means consistently reading as much as I can from people who really understand whatever it is I’m trying to improve at. One of my hobbies is Internet Marketing. While I’m by no means even a hack Internet Marketer, I’m learning as much as I can, and am constantly trying new things. Someday, I hope my day will come, but for now, I consume as much information as possible. And where I look is EarnersBlog.

I stumbled upon this site very recently, and I think I’ve already read every post that’s been written. I’m constantly checking my feed reader, hoping for new posts, and always reading the entire post. I use Google Reader, and for every post that comes in, I find myself hitting “V” to open the full post in another window, allowing me to read it all (note: his feed does not post the entire article, which is why I go to his site to finish reading). I normally get annoyed by this, but I’m glad in the case of EarnersBlog as it allows me to keep valuable posts open in my tabs so I don’t forget about them, and can continue to go back and read over things again. So far, I’ve found these posts to be very valuable:

$800 a day with Yahoo Answers: The title says it all. Answer people’s questions with concise, helpful answers, but take advantage of the opportunity to include your own affiliate links. And honestly, the better your answer, the more chance you’ll have to convert. Everybody wins (unless you’re lying to point people to your affiliate products, which isn’t very nice, but that’s up to all of us to find our comfort zone. I’ll keep to suggesting things I believe in.)
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