Thursday, 24 December 2009

Clicky - Real Time Web Analytics

I've been using Google Analytics to monitor my statistics, but I heard about Clicky and decided to give it a go. Whereas with Google you have to wait until the following day, Clicky let's you watch what's happening as it's happening - Real time. You can see details of who's online at this moment, what they're looking at, how they got to the site, their geographical location etc.

You can customise the dashboard to get the statistics you want and I've found it really easy and clear to view what's happening - I have to say I'm impressed. You can sign up with Clicky for free - which is what I've done - though there are Pro programmes with different price levels.

You can use it along with Google Analytics, which is what I'm doing at the moment, to see how it goes, but compared to GA and Sitemeter - which I've also used - Clicky has been giving me the clearest picture of what's happening. Click below to check it out.

Clicky Web Analytics

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Bhokta - Get Paid To Write About Whatever You Want

I’ve just signed up at Bhokta, a relatively new site which pays you for articles that you write. You can write about anything that you wish, submit it and after it has been reviewed and checked to see that it hasn’t been copied from anywhere else, it’s published and you receive immediate payment via Paypal.

This is one of the things I like about Bhokta – it pays immediately. There is no waiting until the end of the month or until you have reached a minimum amount. The amount you get paid for each article varies from $1 to $4, depending on the number of words and there is a maximum payout of $100 per week.

Apart from the payment, the other advantages are the links generated to your site from Bhokta plus the chance to increase your traffic. You can also write reviews of Bhokta if you have a site with a Google Page Rank – the amount you get paid depends on the PR.

It seems to me that it’s a good opportunity. Compared to writing paid reviews on your blog, perhaps the amount paid is not the same, but this is far outweighed by the fact that you can write about any subject you wish – you are not constrained in any way, plus you can write as many as you wish and don’t have to wait around for a suitable opportunity to come along.

You don’t need to be an expert for your articles to be published, but I would think that it is better to write about subjects that you have a reasonable amount of knowledge about in order to establish some kind of ‘authority’ and gain quality and repeat traffic.

It’s free to join, so do try it. And what does the word Bhokta mean? Well, apparently it means ‘happiness’ or ‘enjoyment’ in Sanskrit – so now you know!

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Free Online Forms For Your Site

I recently needed to have an online form for people to register for next year's cookery classes here and I decided to use EMailMeForm.

It's a free service and offers customizable web forms ( Contact forms, online Questionnaires and Surveys ) and they host it on their server, so it works with any site, regardless of the ability to run scripts. I found it really easy to set up - I'm a non-techie! - and they also use Captcha to block spam.

You set up the fields that you need for your form and then copy the HTML code and paste it onto your site. When people fill it in they don't need to leave the site and they are directed to a page of your choosing which acknowledges that it has been sent and thanks them.

With the one account you can have forms on several sites.

As I said, I found it really easy to set up and ... it's free!

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Ciao - Get Paid To Review And Give Advice

I've just signed up at Ciao. This is a multi-million-strong online community that reviews and rates millions of products and services for the benefit of other consumers. In their own words they "combine unbiased consumer reviews and up-to-date price information from hundreds of online merchants to make it the most comprehensive source of shopping intelligence on the web." Apparently more than 38 million consumers visit the site every month, "making it one of the largest shopping portals in Europe."

The good news is that you can make money by writing advice and reviews of products and services as well as through their referral programme. As I said, I've just signed up, so I'm eager to get started and see how it goes. Is there anyone else who has had experience with them?

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