Monthly Archives: October 2010

Tracking Live Incoming Search Terms

Thinking about all the instant stuff we have on the net I thought it would interesting to watch incoming traffic generated from search engines. I setup a script on a couple test sites that email me the Domain, Search Term, Search Engine and Landing Page whenever a visitor comes from a search engine.

With over 80 sites generating traffic there is no way I could do this on all my sites, but it is interesting and helpful to run on sites where I am trying to get a better feel for the incoming search traffic on a real time basis. I also dump the results to a file to review later, which would be easy to adapt for other thingsĀ utilizing a database.

Doing a quick search I found this article with a complete tutorial that outlines doing the same. Search Terms Extractor : Statistics and Demographics

Convert HTML to WordPress

This is the second post I have written on this topic, the first post was Convert Static HTML Site to WordPress Easily. In that first post I covered a very simple way to convert a static HTML site to WordPress.

After almost 2 years of answering questions on that post I thought it was time to discuss the issue again.

I have done a dozen or so conversions since that post and I have found that some sites really need to take a fresh start approach to get the best result. The main reason for this is that a lot of older HTML sites are built with outdated techniques and WordPress has made some great advancements.

On these sites I create a sub folder for the WordPress install, such as /wp. This gives us designated area to work and learn WordPress without interfering with the original design. The hardest task may be getting a theme to match your original design, but I would suggest taking this time to update your original design. There are so many good WordPress Themes this should not be a problem. Once your theme is in place you can copy and paste your original content to the new install matching the page names. Depending on your original file extensions you may need to set the permalinks in WordPress.

Once this development is complete it is easy to change the Site address (URL) in WordPress to show the new site in the root. (Make sure to backup the original first!) Here is the link from the WordPress Admin panel that explains this.

If you need to learn WordPress and want to take a little time without being pressured to get the new site in place this is the best option I have found.

 

 

 

Digital Camera Database

Here is a database for Digital Cameras which can be used for related websites and content projects. The file includes one CSV file that has 1,373 Digital Cameras from 20 different manufacturers.

Each record has 2 fields

Field1 = Make

Field2 = Model

Olympus,Stylus 5010
Kodak,EasyShare CX7220
Canon,PowerShot A700
Nikon,Coolpix 8700
Casio,Exilim EX-FC150
Pentax,Optio X
Panasonic,Lumix DMC-FX5
Samsung,i70
HP,Photosmart M307
Olympus,D-150Z

LINK : Digital Camera Database