18 Exploring Connections


Google speaker have been reached and have been scheduled for the 24th of November. He was good last year and is expected to be a good experience for the class.

Other News…


Purpose Of This Class…

  1. Find out where your website fits into the web.
  2. Find out a way to monitor your website.
  3. Find out how to make your site more search engine friendly.

You And Your Website…

Things To Note…

  • Other websites have links in them (inlinks)
  • A lot of in links are preferred (Provides more avenues to access a site)
  • Yahoo Site Explorer and Google Search Engine are two places to test how to search for your site. (inlink:, site:)
  • An RSS Feed (Feed Burner) will allow people to subscribe to your feed.
  • You want as many as possible, while knowing information about the people (Monitoring is key to the success of a site).

Different Sites…

Google Web Search Engine

  • Person searches a query and is linked to your site
  • You want to know:
    1. How a person found your site
    2. Who found your site

Google Analytics

  • Monitors the Google Search Engine and answers how people reach your site.
  • Both McCain and Obama had great websites, Obama's website was more search engine friendly, thereby helping him win.

Yahoo Site Explorer

  • Find out what pages are linked to a specific page.
  • Can list all subdomain and domain links.
  • Can explore six combinations:
    1. Inlinks From All Pages to Entire Site
    2. Inlinks from all pages Except from this subdomain
    3. Inlinks From All Pages to Only this URL
    4. Inlinks from all pages Except from this subdomain to Only this URL
    5. Inlinks from all pages Except from this domain to Entire Site
    6. Inlinks from all pages Except from this domain to Only this URL
  • Other Options:
    • linkdomain: random domain; shows what sites link to any page within this site.
    • Type in a specific URL.

Google Search Tools

  • Takes out similar pages (Click on similar pages to view them.)
  • Different amount of links than yahoo.
  • By using the same query as yahoo, Google searches the sites for that wording.

Google Analytics

  • Set one up for your site (wikidot).
  • See statistical information regarding your site:
    • How they found it?
    • How many, from where?
    • Who found it?
    • How long they stayed?
    • How many times they visited?
    • Traffic during a certain period, etc.
  • Helps you to set up your site so people can find your site
  • Can be used to help the traffic and popularity of your site

Go To This Site

  1. Click on Access Analytics
  2. Log In using your Gmail account name
  3. Click sign up
  4. Fill in the information
    1. Websites URL
    2. Account Name
    3. Time Zone Country
    4. Time Zone
  5. Click Continue
  6. Insert Your Contact Information
    1. Last Name
    2. First Name
    3. Phone Number
    4. Country
  7. Click Continue
  8. Click the Yes Box
  9. Edit Your Data Sharing Settings
  10. Click Create A New Account
  11. Click Continue
  • New Tracking Code Example:

<script type="text/javascript">
var gaJsHost = (("https:" == document.location.protocol) ? "https://ssl." : "http://www.");
document.write(unescape("%3Cscript src='" + gaJsHost + "google-analytics.com/ga.js' > type='text/javascript'%3E%3C/script%3E"));
<script type="text/javascript">
var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker("UA-6203770-1");

  • Legacy Tracking Code Example:

<script src="http://www.google-analytics.com/urchin.js" type="text/javascript">
<script type="text/javascript">
_uacct = "UA-6203770-1";


  • From there you can do the following:
    1. Add Website Profile
    2. User Managers
    3. Filter Managers
  • It also provides some helpful links on the side.
Thus far our wikidot sites are private so the tracking status will be unknown until we make the site public.
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