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Googoth, the "Google gothic" Search Engine Hacking Google Analytics: Ideas, Tips and Tricks By Claudiu Murariu Web analytics is a powerful tool made accessible to all of us through awesome free software such as Google Analytics. These tools are designed to satisfy the general needs of every kind of website out there. That’s why website analytics tools, in general, are very good at offering a fundamental overview of traffic data of a site, but not so good when it comes to answering specific questions. To get specific questions answered, sometimes you have to work around limitations of your current software. As a proof of concept, I’ll present three examples/ideas for gathering more information in conjunction with Google Analytics. The purpose of this article is to present some starting points for your further exploration. Example 1: Where Do Users Come From? Google Analytics (and other web analytics tools) does a great job of telling you the last web page the user clicked on that got him/her to your website. Here is how you could do it better: Below is a sample of such a script.

Basic search help : Google search basics - Web Search Help Learn a few tips and tricks to help you easily find information on Google. Tip 1: Start with the basics No matter what you're looking for, start with a simple search like where's the closest airport?. If you're looking for a place or product in a specific location, add the location. Tip 2: Search using your voice Tired of typing? . Tip 3: Choose words carefully When you're deciding what words to put in the search box, try to choose words that are likely to appear on the site you're looking for. Tip 4: Don’t worry about the little things Spelling. Tip 5: Find quick answers For many searches, Google will do the work for you and show an answer to your question in the search results. Weather: Search weather to see the weather in your location or add a city name, like weather seattle, to find weather for a certain place. Expert Search tips Want more tips and tricks to help you search like a pro?

Web 2.0: Pedagogical Evidence and Brain Research | We Teach We Learn By Jeffery Ayer, Before I was introduced to wikis in April 2008, I never would have envisioned how much my teaching could use these new technologies. More importantly, my students could not be more ready to take their education to a new level that I sincerely hope will better connect them to the world and prepare them to participate in a digital world. The time is now, and while students have been hungry for this opportunity, the reinforcing research is thorough enough to justify using wikis,blogs, podcasts, Flickr, Moodle, and online writing technologies that I feel can significantly improve students’ writing, and perhaps more importantly, prepare them for digital citizenship. This article is the 1st in a series, based on action research I collected while studying for my M.Ed, explores the impact digital technology can have on how our students learn, and how we, as educators, can leverage that impact for the good of our students. The Pedagogy and Politics of Technology in the classroom

MyLifeIsAverage - Life is pretty normal today Videos Account Options Videos Enjoy your holiday favorites on the big screen. 'Tis the season for Chromecast. Privacy Terms Settings Advertising Business About Understanding 'Traffic Sources' in Google Analytics The Google Analytics “Traffic Sources” section can help ecommerce marketers understand how well campaigns are working and how better to invest in site content, advertising, or other forms of engagement. Google Analytics is a free service that uses cookies — which we explain in “Cookies Make Shoppers Feel Welcome” — to monitor how visitors are interacting with a particular site. The Traffic Sources overview and its various sub-menu items describe how visitors are getting to your site. 3 Basic Traffic Mediums The Google Analytics Traffic Sources section categorizes your site traffic as “direct” traffic, “referring” traffic, or “search engine” traffic. The Traffic Sources report places each visit in one of three mediums. Direct traffic. In the default table for the Traffic Sources report Google Analytics shows a source followed by its medium. Sometimes you will see a search engine domain, like, with the medium “referral.” Interpreting the Traffic Sources Report Summing Up

Personal Brand Awards - Dan Schawbel DEAR BLANK, PLEASE BLANK - Pìcame – Visual arts smugglers. Un progetto ironico e geniale di Jared Wunsch e Hans Johnson. Le stampe si possono acquistare online ma la cosa più divertente è inviare le proprie submission e vedersele pubblicate sul sito. Altri esempi dentro al post. UPDATE: si può scaricare gratis l’app per iPhone da qui. An ironic and brilliant project by Jared Wunsch and Hans Johnson. Comments comments Google Search Tricks, Tips and Hints - Michael Gray Even though I work in the search engine space I have a lot of the same bad search habits that most people have. I expect Google to know that when I type in [Wedding Band] it should know whether I’m looking for jewelry or musicians. With that in mind I’m going to provide some tips to help you use Google to find things faster and quicker. You can find many of these tips on Google’s website or other sites, however what I’m going to do is show you how to use some of these special queries to get better results. We’ll start off with the basics and move on to more complex queries. Basic Searches [blue widgets] Finds pages with the words blue and/or widgets on them, in the title, or used in the anchor text to link the page. ["blue widgets"] Finds pages with the words blue and widgets on them, in the title, or used in the anchor text to link the page. [blue or widgets] Finds pages with the words blue or widgets on them, in the title, or used in the anchor text to link the page. Compound Searches

Free Tools for Getting the Most out of this Blog I love all of the web apps and cool sites that pop up on the Internet. Many of them are cool in a gadgety way but not always practical; but they are fun to play with. And then there are some that are practical. For example, I use the social bookmarking tool, Diigo, quite a bit. At my last place, the internal network was so lame that I used Diigo to bookmark and manage all of my internal links. I’m also a big Dropbox fan. Those are just a few of the types of sites that can make your life and work easier. Listen to a Podcast of the Rapid E-Learning Blog Hear a Blog offers a free service where they convert the blog posts to a podcast. Of course, lost in the podcast are the graphics and links to examples. When we access information the same way all the time, the familiarity could produce a certain level of complacency. The post as a podcast makes me stop and listen. Seth Godin had an interesting post about doing a 200 slide presentation to change up the pace of your presentation. Tidbits:

Amazingly Creative Drawing Vs Photography This wonderful work has done by a very talented Belgian painter, illustrator, portraitist, caricaturist and photographer Ben Heine. This creative artist was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He Studied graphic arts and sculpture and I also have a degree in journalism. GMAIL TOOLBOX: 60+ Tools For Gmail With Google announcing the ability to increase your Gmail storage capacity this week, we decided to delve into other ways to extend and enhance Google's popular webmail service. Presenting: 60+ tools and resources for Gmail. Desktop Applications GCount - An application for Mac OSX that alerts you to new mail. gDisk - An app for Mac OSX giving the ability to turn Gmail accounts into storage drives. gFeeder - A small ticker for your Gmail that will let you know at a glance what's coming in for you. GetMail - Allows you to migrate your emails from Hotmail to your Gmail account. Gmail Drive - Another tool for turning your Gmail account in to a virtual storage drive, this one works directly from inside Windows Explorer. Gmail Loader - For Windows or Linux, aids you in loading your email to your Gmail account. GMailFS - Turns your Gmail space into a virtual drive that your Windows Explorer can see. GotMailG - A Mac widget to display the number of unread messages in your inbox. Firefox Tools

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