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Google Analytics Alternatives

In an article published this week, Search Engine Watch gives a nice overview of alternative website analytics solutions to using Google Analytics.

While Google Analytics has its own set of merits, there are drawbacks. Many people don’t want to continue to feed Google more data – and this trend is growing.

The solutions are comprised of Hosted Solutions (hosted somewhere else for you) and Self-Hosted Solutions (hosted by you).

Alternatives mentioned:

Here is a link to the article.

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Balance Website Ads with Content

In an announcement this week, Google said that they will be tweaking their search algorithym to make things more strict for website publishers who have an excessive number of ads on their websites. This doesn’t mean all websites with ads will be demoted in the search engine results; it just means that there should be a balance and they [Google] are planning on being more strict about it.

In an informative article about the topic, does a great job of explaining the change.

Another article on the topic from Ebay’s Partner Network Blog.