Google Analytics

Google Analytics – Webmaster Tool of the Year

How can Google afford to give away a tool previously worth heaps to buy? Because they are worth Billions and this is a great way to get inside the sites they have been indexing.

Google AnalyticsI am lucky enough to have signed up before it all fell over and they stopped new signups. Yay!

And after a few hiccups, things are now working on the profiles I had set up and it looks GREAT. Previously I had used the free version of Hitbox until they started charging $50 USD per month to use it. It was great because it would give information that was useful in uncovering your visitors behaviours.

Well Google Analytics has superceded what I had with Hitbox, and it looks like it will be a staple utility to add to all of my customer sites.

Well done Google for providing another service that actually improves my life as a webmaster.

Till next time


Good Maps, but you cant find my place…

Hi there,

Last time I mentioned ZoomIn as a really cool map system launched in NZ. Well our local AA have done something similar using a competitors product called GEOsmart.

AAMaps allows you to search around New Zealand and has some great features where you can overlay locations of ATM’s , banks, places to eat and lots more. However for all of that information, and a much nicer looking site (Zoomin is quite bland) Zoomin kicks butt for one reason only….it can point to my house EXACTLY.

This reason is why it is so cool, and it will be able to add the extra functionality later on.

So my vote still goes to ZoomIn, well done guys.

By the way AAMaps was down for a long period of time due to the unexpected flood of traffic when it was launched.

Come on guys, you should have predicted a rush like this, even if you commissioned extra for the launch with the proviso of reducing capacity when the rush died down, having the site fall over very ungracefully didnt do you any good.

Till Next Time


This is the best map system on the planet!

I had the oddest thing happen last week, I had a real CV turn up from the UK. Not an emailed one that ususally end up in my in tray, but a real, hard copy, made of tree live CV.

In this day and age, it really appealed to me, made me remember this person. (Not that we were hiring anyway)

We have agreed to meet when he is in New Zealand, but what has really stood out is that he found something cool on the New Zealand internet scene that I didnt know about.

I hope to think I keep up to date with things around here, but I missed this one and boy is it a goodie….

Zoomin Maps is a new startup in New Zealand and looks lieks it onto a winner. Like Google Maps it can give you the precise location of properties, but unlike Google Maps this does it in New Zealand.

Using web friendly links you can get to any address you like, here is one to the offices of the people running this site…

Now this UK resident found this site and sent me the way to my own house!

Thats putting your hand up and getting noticed…Well Done.

Till Next Time


Get Firefox!

Firefox is cool

I have just changed to Firefox as my main browser. I still need IE and Opera + others to test against, but Firefox is fun to use with all of the extras you can add.

Get Firefox!

From GMail notifications to real time football scores from Europe.

I have downloaded the Release Candidate 1 , and all seems fine so far.

Till next time


Telecom Drop Broadband Prices

Last night, Telecom reduced it’s broadband rate by $10 a month. We were paying $69.95 for a 2mb plan with 10gb traffic limit. So this is great news! At last the advent of competition is returning some reward.

Telecom is in the news all over the place about it’s monopoly of the Telecoms arena in New Zealand. For those of you who dont know, Telecom owns the lines that we all make our calls across.

Everyone else then has to pay Telecom for the right to use them. A couple of providers have invested millions trying to create an alternative, but they have not been completely successful, either in coverage or service.

The NZ government is starting to rattle it’s sabres about how uncompetitve it is. Maybe this has caused Telecoms pricing move.

Lets hope there is more to come.

Till Next Time