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If you came here expecting to see the proven methods of tracking multi level marketing referral system, you’ve come to the wrong blog. This is about tracking about how your visitor came into your blog.

The Old School

There are various way to track our referral. Almost all statistic tools offers referral tracking. These are most popular tools I’ve noticed :

  • Sitemeter. Practical, I don’t have to log in to see my referral. Totally configurable.
  • StatCounter. You can get invisible tracker even if you’re not premium user.
  • Google Analytic, extremely handy if we utilize Google ad-sense.

Some Web2.0 applications :

If we have the luxury to access our own web server, we can use CPanel built-in packages such as Awstats. Furthermore, we can install nice self-hosted packages such as:

Other notable mention is Referrer.org who offers a method to display your referral list in our blog. You can put your referral list in your sidebar (which is probably already cluttered with shoutbox and tons of not-so-content-oriented stickers).

But, statistic and referral tracking are the old way.

Consider this situation :
What if someone rewrite your post in a web (i.e.: forum or mailing list) without proper link-enabled. It’s written with plain-text as http://linksource.com/example/foo.htm instead of This is a link source

You won’t get referral from such nasty habit.

Other occasion is in ego search. Someone mention your name in his/her post without proper link. He/she said “John Doe”, while we might like it this way muuuuch better: John Doe.

This is where blog search engines come handy.

True Web 2.0 Ways: Tag, Seach, and Feed.

The idea is simple :

We can get a feed for every search result.

These services support “tag, search, and feed” :

Every of ‘em, offers different style, methods, and benefits. Just play around with them a bit. Soon, you’ll realize that all of ‘em work in same way : “tag, search, and feed”.

Keep in mind, those services doing their best when deals with feed. Most likely full feed. Excerpted feed only get their excerpted indexed, so link analysis like Blogpulse offers won’t work at maximum with excerpted feed.

To use them is very simple1.
I just type “andry + huzain” in search box (yes I admit, it is an ego search). Seconds later, those search engines come up with handy list of any pages (mostly, blogs) in the world wide web containing the word of “andry + huzain”.

I got referral tracking without the hassle of inserting javascript in my blog. Fast, free, and easy.

Look Ma, No Google!

The possibilities are endless.

Because of the nature of folksonomies, we can almost mix and match every words.

Put “Playboy Indonesia” in our Technorati search, make the result as a Watchlist, and subscribe to its feed. Soon, you can hear almost every opinions (that is, blogs) about pro-cons of Playboy Indonesia.

I have about 10 watchlists in my particular area of interests. To name a few : “Ruby Distributed Messaging”, “Rich Client AJAX RIA”, “Exxon Cepu”, and “Vista RSS”.

Of course, I still use Google for the first hand. I mean, I’m not the guy who can stand Googlefasting so long :). But whenever I need to stick to an issue, I always like the new way : tag, search, and feed.

So, happy ego-surfing. Stay update on your area of interest only. And there is no such thing as market saturation in our bloguniverse. So don’t worry about running out your referral ;)

1 I put some of these watchlists on my public bloglines. Just open the folder “Blogsearch”.