Posts by Tony Gilbert

How to drive traffic from Facebook

How to drive traffic from Facebook

Moz Analytics Driving Facebook Traffic

The search engine optimization site MOZ.com recently ran an excellent webinar (see link below) on how to drive traffic to your website from Facebook. If you don’t fancy sitting through a 15 minute video, here’s the highlights in a nutshell. We thought they were pretty useful:

Key Facebook statistics

  • Facebook is generating around 24% of all the referred traffic to
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Easy wireless file transfer PC to Android

Easy wireless file transfer PC to Android

Ever needed to move large files from your PC to an Android smartphone or tablet? It can be a real pain! But I’ve found the simple and fast solution.

I like to take my Asus TF300T Android tablet with me when we travel. I usually have some Lonely Planet travel guides (the kind you buy online as chapters), some vocabulary … Read more

Tony’s Lotto numbers system

Tony’s Lotto numbers system

Ever wished there was an easier way to pick your Lotto numbers? That’s where data analysts like myself can be especially useful, because we look at numbers in very different ways. This post is a bit off-topic for me, but I wanted to share something I’ve created for myself that could also help others.

It’s a Lotto numbers system based … Read more

Cloning a MySQL database

Cloning a MySQL database

If you want to set up a test version of your WordPress or Drupal website, you’re probably going to need to clone your MySQL database. You don’t want to be attaching your test site to your live production database, or you’ll end up with some nasty problems.

Cloning a MySQL database can be either one of the most difficult things … Read more

Google disavow links tool – when and how to disavow links

Google disavow links tool – when and how to disavow links

There has been a lot of over-reaction to the recent Google Panda, Penguin and EMD domain name updates (mostly mid-late 2012). One area where this has been very apparent is in the number of people asking questions on forums about whether or not they need to disavow low quality incoming links to their website – usually links that resulted from … Read more

How to tell when an IP address is in a “bad neighbourhood”

How to tell when an IP address is in a “bad neighbourhood”

I’m again hearing about the need not to host your site in a “bad IP neighbourhood” and not to link to sites hosted in a “bad IP neighbourhood”. How can you know where that is? It’s not like you can drive up the street and see the junkies on the footpath or the car bodies stacked in the yard.

“Bad … Read more

Forensic web analytics using GA

Forensic web analytics using GA

In my role as a customer intelligence team leader on a major portal website, I often find myself needing to provide detailed accounts of individual user interactions to help understand a negative user experience or journey. I have coined the term “forensic web analytics” to describe this technique.

If you are a regular and in-depth user of Google Analytics you … Read more

Why I use WordPress for website management

Why I use WordPress for website management

Over the 15+ years I’ve been building business and community websites, I’ve used all kinds of products to develop quality content management systems. Like most long-time web developers I can hand-code websites in HTML and add advanced functionality using Javascript, DHTML, Flash and other coding languages. But more and more these days I prefer to use what the developer community … Read more

Moving Microsoft Outlook to another computer [solved]

Moving Microsoft Outlook to another computer [solved]

I recently bought a new computer and was faced with the incredibly challenging task of moving my Microsoft Outlook email archive and email account settings from the old computer to the new computer.

A search with Google found lots of answers about transfer wizards in Office 2003 (unfortunately I have Office 2007 and that feature’s gone, if it was ever … Read more

This copy of Windows is not genuine [solved]

This copy of Windows is not genuine [solved]

If you bought a copy of Windows 7 on the internet (e.g. eBay or similar) and you are now getting the message “This copy of Windows is not genuine“, there is a solution available that doesn’t involve downloading hacks or spending hundreds of dollars on a legitimate copy of Windows 7. The answer is right here … read Read more