I spent the last few days developing a pretty interesting Traffic Widget.
As I will spend more time discussing in my future posts, having good analytics about your site is important when you make decisions which affiliate programs to join, what part of your site works to generate both interest on the part of your viewers and income for you, and whether you should or shouldn’t continue with a special promotion on your site.
Analytics is nothing more than analysis of data. Before you can analyze data, you have to obtain it. So, before continuing with my posts, I wanted to see where my visitors (aka traffic) were coming from. This will help me figure out who is linking to my site and who I should link to from my own blog.
Besides obtaining data, I also wanted something interesting to show to my readers. Displaying live statistics on my traffic to the users seemed like an intriguing proposition – something that I’m hoping will generate more interaction between my readers and AffiliateBrand.com.
I did some searching around and haven’t found any widget that would help me. So, with some amount of technical knowledge about .NET and SQL, I spent a few days working on the Traffic Widget.
My extensive amount of entrepreneurship experience as well as running the largest affiliate program in the world at Amazon.com has taught me one important lesson. Execution and deployment of a project is more important than iterating for a long, long time while perfecting every feature (Microsoft Vista development team, take notice!). This attitude allowed Amazon.com Associates team to release more new exciting products in the last year that they have in the previous several years.
So, I took this attitude with me into the entrepreneurial world. As a result, I decided to deploy the Traffic Widget on my site while there are so many other things I can still do to it. You will see me making changes to the widget and I will announce them here.
In the meantime, you can take the Traffic Widget and put it on your site today. Simply copy the following code and paste it on your site or blog in the space where you would like the widget to appear.
// How many lines do you want to show?
height=70 + lines*15
scr1="<iframe height="+height+" width=100% scrolling=no src=http://AffiliateBrand.com/Traffic.aspx"
Good luck and let me know what you think!