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johnlew




msg:893657
 8:46 pm on Apr 19, 2006 (gmt 0)


Hey Guys,

if anyone could start me in the right direction or forward me to the right discussion I'd appreciate it. I run a niche job board and need to know how often the people we advertise with sign up. I'm pretty new to most of this ...

Is it cookies that I need? Can I put a cookie on a landing page and then track if that user goes to a signup page? Do I need to be communicating with a database to do this? Am I retarted?

If you live in palo alto or San Francisco I'll buy you lunch for this info ...

 

cgrantski




msg:893658
 10:09 am on Apr 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

The cookie is definitely the right move, and it needs to be recorded for every page on your site. A long-term cookie would be the most valuable because your site will have a lot of repeat visitors and you'll want to be able to count repeat AND first-time visitors; they'll have different value to you. Hope that helps. Be sure to turn on site logging to the max --- all possible fields. A lot of logging for some reason doesn't bother to record the cookie, or the referrer.

johnlew




msg:893659
 4:36 pm on Apr 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

Thanks! Can you recomend a place to start to learn how to implement cookies?

cgrantski




msg:893660
 12:36 am on Apr 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

I'm clueless about that, I always have the technical people do it. I know that some platforms like IIS have cookie ability built in and you have to turn it on somehow. Maybe your hosting people know?

larryn




msg:893661
 2:03 pm on Apr 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

John,

If you tell us what platform your server is on and what technology you have available to you, perhaps we can give you specific directions.

Larry

johnlew




msg:893662
 5:58 pm on Apr 21, 2006 (gmt 0)

I could turn it over to the tech guys, but we are a startup and there's only so much money (we outsource tech support). If I can learn to do this its better down the line.

That said, Its an apache server. I dont have access to the server itself beyond file transfer to the root directorires and such ... I.E., whatever can be accomplished with file transfer, frontpage, dreamweaver, etc ... I guess I assumed it was something like a javascript app ... Advice? Genuinely happy to buy someone lunch or order a pizza for someone or similar benefit. IF it helps I run [CADtalent.com....]

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