July 22 2009

Time To Update Your Google Analytics

It may be time to update your Google Analytics. As always Google is upgrading their products and services.  Google analytics has gone through a couple upgrades.  Below is an example of some older code along with the newest version that should be on your websites. 

The main reason to upgrade is that the new Google Analytics more accurately reports referring traffic when the proper campaign tags are assigned to the URL.

Here is the old Urchin code on the many sites now:

<script src="http://www.google-analytics.com/urchin.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
                _uacct = "UA-193XXXX-1";
                urchinTracker();
</script>
 
Here is the new code that should be on your site:

<script type="text/javascript">
    var gaJsHost = (("https:" == document.location.protocol) ? "https://ssl." : "http://www." <http://www.> );
    document.write(unescape("%3Cscript src='" + gaJsHost + "google-analytics.com/ga.js' type='text/javascript'%3E%3C/script%3E"));
</script>
<script type="text/javascript">
    try {
        var pageTracker = _gat._getTracker("UA-193XXXX-1");
        pageTracker._trackPageview();
    } catch (err) { }</script>


As reported on the Google Analytics blog:

"We are also rolling out the new ga.js page tag which we recommend you use for all new accounts and new profiles for new domains. Although your existing urchin.js page tags will continue to work, you may wish to update them to ga.js anyway. This will allow you to take advantage of the most up-to-date tracking functionality as it is added to Google Analytics."

Read about the upgraded GA tools here.

Sincerely,

Jim Adams - CEO
New Homes Directory.com


July 5 2009

New Homes Directory Unveils Columbus, Charlotte, Raleigh, Pittsburgh

Columbus, OH - The largest city in both population and area, Columbus is the Ohio state capital.  With classic older suburbs to restored classic neighborhoods, Columbus affords a variety of lifestyles through a variety of communities located here.  As a major commercial, distribution, and cultural center and home to Ohio State University, Columbus is a great place to live whether you’re just starting out, raising a family or enjoying your retirement.  Columbus was voted “Best Place to Raise a Family” in 2009, by Business Week.  

The Columbus New Homes Directory is excited to serve the home buyers of Columbus Ohio.  The Directory is designed to be a simple and easy to use resource for finding Columbus homes for sale, new home builders, and new home communities in Columbus, Ohio.  The Columbus New Homes Directory is the easiest place for home buyers to find new homes in Columbus Ohio, and the most efficient means for Columbus new home builders to connect with Columbus home buyers.

Charlotte, NC – As the nation's second largest financial center, Charlotte's a magnet for progressive growth and smart development.  Combined with Charlotte’s not-to-be-missed cultural, entertainment, sporting, and historical mainstays you'll be a fan of this winning city in no time.  Beyond the Charlotte skyline, lie historical and visually stunning neighborhoods. Stroll through Charlotte’s most diverse streetcar-era neighborhoods, where buildings range from vintage factories to grand Southern estates.  With the excitement of a cosmopolitan city and the ease of Southern charm, Charlotte presents a unique atmosphere where big city style meets down-home appeal.

The Charlotte New Homes Directory is proud to now serve the Charlotte real estate market.  With simplicity and easy of navigation in mind, home buyers can easily find Charlotte homes for sale, new home communities in Charlotte, North Carolina, and new homebuilders building in that market.  Just click on Regions, Builders, or Price and quickly find new homes, new condos, and master planned communities.

Raleigh, NC – Blessed with beautiful residential areas, expansive parks, and historic buildings, the city of Raleigh exudes southern charm.  The city has an excellent array of local parks and lakes, easy access to the ocean and the mountains, and a moderate climate, all of which encourage year-round outdoor activities.  Raleigh, the capital city of North Carolina has prospered as an education, government, and research and development center. Along with Durham and Chapel Hill, it is the largest city of an area in central North Carolina known as the Research Triangle.  Altogether, Raleigh's North Carolina State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University in Durham form the nucleus of the Research Triangle.  

The Raleigh New Homes Directory is designed to be the most simple, easy to use real estate resource on the web, for finding Raleigh homes for sale, new home builders, and new home communities in Raleigh, North Carolina. You may search for new homes and new condos in Raleigh by Price, Location, Builders, and by Master Planned Community by just clicking the links.

Pittsburgh, PA - Nestled among the forested hills of southwestern Pennsylvania at the point where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers form the Ohio River, Pittsburgh is a city of skyscrapers, parks, fountains, more than 700 bridges, and neighborhoods with a vibrant cultural life. The city has over 70 miles of urban riverfront, more than any other inland port city in America. The second-largest city in the state, it is the center of an urban industrial complex that includes several neighboring cities. There are more than 150 industrial research laboratories in the area. The transformation of Pittsburgh from an industrial center to a leader in science and technology and the success of its rehabilitation efforts make it a top technology market.

The Pittsburgh New Homes Directory is happy to serve the consumers of Pittsburgh.  When looking for Pittsburgh homes for sale, new home builders, and new home communities in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, NHD is the quickest way to click and find new homes and new condos by price, location, and builder.

New Homes Directory .com provides home searchers current and relevant information about new homes for sale and is the most efficient means for new home builders to get results promoting their new home communities online.

 


July 2 2009

Bing - A Search Engine To Pay Attention To

Social media has all the attention today.  The number of users is phenomenal and the growth rate is what we all hope for in our businesses. Check out the Facebook growth rate.  If Facebook were a country, it would now have the 4th largest population in the world.

@techcrunch reported yesterday that MSN's new search engine Bing is incorporating Twitter posts into the search results.  

With social media becoming such a large part of our lives, doing a search for someone is becoming increasingly easier.  Now if I want to find someone I just have to search 'name and twitter', or 'name facebook' and if that person has an account, guess what?  I've found them.

I did a Bing search and a Google search for 'Jim Adams twitter'.  Much to my surprise, the @bing search gave me more social results than Google.  I actually preferred the Bing results.  It appears after several years of playing third fiddle in the search space, Bing is onto something that will make our lives better.  It looks like if you want to find social info, Bing is the place to go.

If this is an indication of what is to come, our Twitter and Facebook posts will have a strong influence in search.  In order to maximize visibility in the search engines, we will need to write our posts and tweets with SEO in mind.

Jim Adams - CEO
New Homes Directory.com
www.JimAdams.me

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