I have had a few sites up for a couple of months but I have not really been checking on them. I figured that it would take at least a month for the spiders to crawl them and a bit longer before people were able to find them.
Yesterday, checking website stats was brought up during the free weekly webinar held by Self-Starters Weekly Tips. I learned that I should be using the awstats tool located inside my cpanel login at my Hostgator account. I logged in after the webinar ended and discovered an interesting fact.
One of my sites was not set up for stats and I didn’t know why. This was particularly bothersome because the publisher for this product is running a MAJOR promotion right now and I’d really like to see what’s going on with my site.
So I got on the hostgator support chat line and was almost instantly connected to Jess, the Customer Service Rep. We went through how things were set up and what my goal was. I explained to her that I did something I don’t normally do-I put a product that I had purchased a domain for into a recommends directory and didn’t set it up as an add-on domain or a subdomain. Usually, I put products that I am promoting but which either link back directly to the publisher’s site or whose links I publish in promotional messages.
After about 10 minutes, we had worked out a plan to set up this other product for stats by doing an add-on domain in my cpanel application, moving the files into the folder created on my root domain and change the redirection with the domain registrar so it shows the new location. This will give me a product on my root domain which tells me that I’ve bought a domain name for it and it sets up an add-on domain so I can track stats for it.
Keep in mind, Jess claimed to not know much about internet marketing and we still figured it out that quickly. That is one of the reasons I always recommend Hostgator to anybody looking for a quality web hosting solution for their sites.
I am curious to know how you keep track of all of your online products with your hosting accounts? What kind of system do you use so you can look at your account with an FTP program and know what’s going on?
[tags]awstats, internet marketing, web hosting solution[/tags]