Posts Tagged ‘RSS Tracking’
Guest Post from Curtis Smith
This post is about the different types of data tracking software for web sites and how to tell your web site is being tracked. It was written by Curtis Smith, Webtrends’ Technical Account Manager. Curtis spends his day assisting Webtrends customers manage the health and flow of their web site analytics data.
RSS allows a wide variety of applications to access a list of links. It is often used to provide information on frequently updated content such as articles, white papers, and news. This can be an important connection to your customers.
You can implement server side tagging. This is doing tagging script on the server, having it send the tracking information instead of on-page code. But then you might have to talk to one of those IT hardware people (scary in itself). It may be you don’t have access to the servers or resources to do server side implementation.
Implementing the code:
There are two parameters that support RSS traffic reporting.
WT.rss_f=FeedName This parameter identifies the RSS feed.
WT.rss_a=ArticleName This parameter identifies the RSS article.
This is optional if you have the article name from the destination page.
You add these parameters with appropriate values to the link on the RSS page:
Note, this is an example of how simple the RSS format is. You don’t have the <a href#&.com&^%@$#target=#@ /a> in HTML. It just says “link” and you put in the link.
The parameters can be used in one of the built-in reports such as RSS Feed Usage.
Or you can develop custom reports. By looking for pages that have the parameter(s) we know which views/visits came from the RSS feed. We can sort and link them how we want. For example a common report is comparing how many people read the article from the RSS vs other methods (search, direct, referred from other site). This lets you focus efforts on the most effective channel and make improvements to other channels. For the more adventurous measure how your RSS articles attributes to revenue or success events.
As an alternative here’s a quick trick done with a different report. They just used a campaign ID with their RSS links.
Then the RSS traffic drops right into your regular campaign tracking reports.
There now. That wasn’t too scary was it?