Google Analytics Goes Realtime [beta]

If you really are serious about web development, Google analytics will play a large part in your monthly/weekly/daily reporting. Analytics is a free service offered to web developers by Google. Using tracking code in your website and an online control panel you can obtain in-depth data about your website and online campaigns.

The boffins over at Google have recently released a ‘closed’ beta offering something never seen before in the analytics control panel.. A true ‘real time’ view of your current sites visitors, with statistics updating every second. Currently when switching to the beta view, you get:

  • Overview pane
  • Current visitor count – Shows the number of people visiting your website right now
  • Page views per minute – Shows the number of page views in the last 30 minutes broken down into 1 minute segments
  • Page views per second  – Shows the number of page views in the last 30 seconds broken down into 1 second segments
  • Top referrals – Shows the number and names of referring websites
  • Top active pages – Shows you the busiest webpage on your site
  • Top keywords – Shows you how your current visitors found your sites by the keywords they used
  •  Top locations – Shows an interactive map of where your current visitors are located
  • Locations pane – With a break down of active visitors per location, with not only a count but a bar chart view:
  • Traffic sources pane – With a breakdown of all your sites current referes
  • Active content pane – With a breakdown of what your visitors are current viewing right now.
  • The overview pane works much like most of Google’s sites, giving you the ability to totally customise what widgets are on display and where.
    You can read more about the arrival of Analytics Realtime over at Googles Blog
    If you don’t currently have access to Realtime Analytics, you can submit a request for access
    Although analytics play an important part in web development, I always offer the same advice to up and coming budding web entrepreneurs. Try not to get disheartened with slow visit rates in the first few weeksmonths and sometimes even years of your online presence. Depending on what you set out to achieve on the internet – getting large amounts of traffic to the site without spending large volumes of  cash on advertising isn’t easy. So stick at it, and make sure you don’t neglect your site maps and meta data.

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    Use OS X RSS Screensaver to show your Google Reader feed

    The default screen savers found in most operating systems often leave a lot to be desired. Many looking out of place on corporate IT equipment. However, the built in RSS visualizer found in OS X has long been a favourite of mine. However, having it just display Apple’s ‘top’ news feed can get a little boring at times. Using the steps below you can have it display countless RSS feeds from all corners of the internet.

    Firstly, unless you already have one your going to need a Google Reader account so if you don’t already have one head over there and sign up for one. Once you have one, add the feeds your interested in.

    Select your ‘All Items’ feed from the menu on the right hand side. Now if you check out your address bar you should find the ‘Safari’ default ‘RSS’ icon. If you click that it will take you to an RSS feed of your…… rss feeds!

    This in turn can be fed into OS X’s screensaver setup dialogue box to enable the RSS Visualizer to display RSS feeds from all your favourite sources! Gone is the boredom of sitting with your feet up watching your screensaver!

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    Google+ hits iPhone AppStore

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    Apple have just released the Google+ app for download in the iPhone AppStore. The Google+ Android app hit the shelves a few weeks ago, with iPhone users being left in the dark as the iPhone app went through Apple’s stringent App testing and reviews. However, it has now been released, and is available to download.

    Click here to view the app in the app store now!

    NB: I still have some Google+ invites remaining if you are not lucky enough to already be part of the closed Beta.

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    Sync your Google+ posts with Twitter

    If you are one of the lucky few who have managed to bag yourself a Google+ account, but like most, don’t want to have to keep posting updates to various social networks then fear not, +Agent G is here to help! On the other hand, if you have still not got your self an invite, check out my other post on how to get one here.

    Now, to get up and running with +Agent G you will first of all need to configure your new +Agent G account. Head over to the +Agent G homepage, and logon with your Twitter account. Now, copy your ‘Unique’ code from the +Agent G page, and head on over to Google+.

    Paste your unique code into the status box, but make sure you only select +Agent G as the recipient for the message, and hit send.

    Once that’s done, head back over to the +Agent G homepage, give it a quick refresh, just to make sure both your accounts are linked.. Once done, you can now add +Agent G to any Google+ status updates you want posting to Twitter!

    It really is as simple as that.

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    Enable 2-step verification for Google accounts

    Seemingly everywhere you turn just recently everyone is implementing 2 factor/2 step verification, this is essentially a second step required to enable you to access normally password secured sites and services. Everything from your bank account to your web based email will shortly be secured using these new methods.
    Each service has it’s own way of providing this second layer of security, your work VPN may have a code generating tokenkeychain, your bank may have provided you with a calculator and Google are now providing codes to your mobile device which you can use.
    Each of the major services will hopefully contact you to set up your 2nd layer. For your Google accounts, you should be able to enable it now by visiting this link
    It’s a good idea to enable this as soon as possible to prevent unauthorised access to your account.

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