Server Side Google Analytics and the UK Cookie Law. Part 1.

1. February 2012 21:25 by Dave in General  //  Tags:   //   Comments (1)

In the UK websites have until May 2012 to "get their house in order", but as with most things we as a nation are leaving it till the last minute in the hope someone will put their hand up and say "this is silly, lets scrap the idea" but that's not really likely to happen is it. Do you dare doing nothing in the risk of a potential fine? I know I don't have £500k spare just in case they want to make an example.

If you visit the ICO website (www.ico.gov.uk) they block Google Analytics until you accept their cookie. That's as clear a statement as you would ever need on their stance to tracking.

Updated April: Visit my Cookie Free Analytics site and download the V1.0.0.1 core source code.

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Make a plan and stick to it (or at least feel guilty when you don't)

25. January 2012 20:20 by Dave in General  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

A few weeks into 2010 and most peoples resolutions are already falling behind their expected targets. In my personal view the most likely reason is people set too high a target for themselves as they don't want to been seen taking the "soft" option.

Its been two weeks since the last work out blog post, have you all been keeping busy? "No" would be your most likely answer. Neither have I.

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The Website Workout: Are your page descriptions relevant & how to check.

11. January 2012 22:04 by Dave in Website Workout  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

This week I have a quick workout for you. All you'll be needing is good old google search and its "site:" command.

Here's a quick way to check your page title and description:

  • Pop over to your regional Google site (.co.uk in my case).
  • In the search box type in (without quotes) "site:" followed by your website url. For this site it would be "site:www.friendlywebguy.co.uk"
  • Click search
You will now see the pages that Google has indexed for your site, their page titles and descriptions. Have a quick read thru them to make sure they match up to what you would expect to see. 
 
The issue with blog / CMS systems
 
In my case I've still got quite a bit of work to do! The page title for my home page is showing the tag line. In addition to that most of the category pages are also showing the same tag line. Lastly there are pages showing up that don't exist (?page=159).
 
Looks like I have some investigation work to sort that out.

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