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SEO Moves - Google Adwords LogoAdwords by Google is a proven way to generate traffic, leads, and sales. It is a tool that some marketers are using on a regular basis to drive business goals. While there are a few using this tool to great effect, several more are striking out and in the process, throwing a lot of money out the window. Having success with Adwords calls for you to take the same approach you take to generating visibility for your organic content — optimize. However, the actual steps to optimization are a bit different in this arena.

1. Learn to Bid and Budget

Understanding how to bid and budget your funds is crucial to Adwords success. Spending $20 a day may appear to be the way to go for cost-conscious advertisers, but a budget that low will also limit your ability to profit. Likewise, bidding low initially can save you some money, but it might not get you very many clicks. While you don’t want to spend beyond the budget, you also don’t want to limit your potential, so learning how to manage your funds in accordance to the ad platform is key.

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SEO Moves - Mobile Analytics Apps - mAnalytics ProMobile technology is changing business faster than the Internet did at the time of its birth.  The web opened opportunities for all businesses and even created a few new ones, but with the speed in which consumers are adopting mobile technology the impact on almost every industry is going to be profound. So with apps for just about everything where are the SEO tools?  Sure customers are searching from their phones, their tablets and theirTricorders or whatever but as a search engine optimization professional what mobile tools are available to us?  It would seem there are plenty.

Here are three qualitySEO tools available now for Android users that will help any webmaster keep up with his or her online business on the road or in the yard. Not all of us are road warriors after all but it’s still important to keep our finger on the pulse of our business while hanging out next to the pool.

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Track any client side event with google analytics

By: Bob Tantlinger

I’ve recently been doing some work integrating social media events, such as facebook likes, with google anayltics and was pleased to find that Google gives you a deep level of control over what you can track. It occurred to me that since a social media “event” is not really much different than any other client side event, why not use google analytics to keep tabs on any event the visitor might trigger.

With just a few lines of code, you can take your analytics a step further and get some fine grained details about not only your visitors, but their interaction with your web site. Using the techniques I show below you can answer questions such as:

  • Did the user scroll a section of your page into view?
  • Did the user start filling out a form?
  • Did the user encounter an error while interacting with your site?
  • Did the visitor move their mouse over a particular page element?

These are just few examples off the top of my head for how this could be useful, but you get the point. The sky is virtually the limit on what you can track.

Get Tracking with _trackEvent

So, let’s dig in with a quick and dirty example that shows how to detect if a user mouses over a a specific image on your page. To get started, you’ll need:

  • A google anyltics account (Obviously)
  • The google tracking code installed in your sites head
  • JQuery included in your page

When you include google’s tracking code in your html, it brings in a global variable named _gat (Google analytics tracker) . Using this variable, we have a handle by which we can get all trackers that have been included on the page. Using the tracker objects, we can push arbitrary events onto the _gaq (google anyltics queue) to be tracked. They can be anything. Their meaning is entirely up to you.

After an event has been pushed onto the queue as an event, you can monitor them under the “Events” section in your google analytics account. (If you’re the pointy hair type, it’s probably neat idea to set up goals for your events!)

So, the steps thus far are:

  • Decide what arbitrary events you want to track
  • Get a handle on all trackers included on the current page with _gat
  • Use the tracker to send an event to GA.

In our example, we will present the user with some images of food and ask which is their favorite. We want to know when a user mouses over an image, what type of image it was, and which food they select. With this in mind we might write with some code such as this (Take note of comments)
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