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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Blogging - Tracking Stats

I recently had a chat with a few fellow bloggers to see how they tracked their traffic on their blogs. There were multiple ways, some more accurate than others so I thought I'd do a post and just let you know what I use and recommend.

My Picks:
1) Google Analytics - By far, Google Analytics is the most "accurate" on gathering details on how many visits I had during the month. The unique visitors is counted by Google putting a cookie on the visitor's computer so when they return to view the blog again it doesn't count another unique visit. It does however add it to the total page views. While this doesn't take into account people clearing their cache and cookies then revisiting, it gave numbers that were consistent with other months so I'm pretty positive this is the best choice, at least for me.

2) StatCounter - Since I started blogging, I've used StatCounter as my main and used Google Analytics as my back up. The reason I like it better is it emails me weekly to give me an update on the weeks stats. The numbers compared to Google Analytics were quite similar, within 100 in each section.

Wouldn't Recommend:
If you're looking for actual stats, don't use Blogger Stats. I've always known it skews the data. While yes, you can press the "Don't track my views", it still gives highly inaccurate numbers. When I compared the three, I was really shocked to see that the total views was 5x higher on Blogger Stats versus the others.

How to add Google Analytics
1) Set Up Account

  • Click get Tracking ID at the bottom when you're done

2) Copy Tracking ID
3) Go back to your Blogger Dashboard

  • Click "Settings"
  • Click "Other"
  • Paste in Google Analytics spot
    • If your template is a "Classic" template you will need to add the code GA provides into the template. You can do this by clicking "Template" then clicking "Edit HTML". 

How to add StatCounter

StatCounter is pretty easy to set up. But here is a walkthrough if you need it. I'll somewhat skip the steps where they actually walk you through it, if you have questions let me know and I'll try to help.

1) Create Account

2) Set Up a Project

  • All you really have to do in this step is add your blog URL. It autofills your project name and your email for the reports. If you want a StatCounter icon button on your blog when you input the code change the "Do You Need a Counter or Button" on the right side. I just selected Invisible Tracking.

3) Copy Code - Input it in Blogger

  • This is where it gives you step by step instructions. If you follow them, it should work perfectly. I'll go into a few details below on them, but you should be able to follow their steps instead of mine.

4) Add StatCounter code from step 3 in your Blogger Layout.

  • Do this by clicking "Add a Gadget", select HTML/JaveScript. 
  • Paste the code
  • Save - this will close the pop up window
  • This takes you back to your Layout page. Save Arrangement

5) Click "Template", it's below Layout

  • Click "Edit HTML"
  • CTRL + F to find the word "StatCounter", next to it type " mobile 'yes' "
  • Save
  • Save again if it asks you to
6) At this point you can return to the StatCounter page and it should ask if you want to check the code on your blog. Click it and it lets you know if you did it right. Then you're done!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Spotlight: The Drowning Sorceress by Anya Breton

Yay! I've been a long time fan of Anya Breton's books so I had to share this newly released book. If you're looking for a paranormal read, I highly suggest this entire series.

Title: The Drowning Sorceress
Author: Anya Breton
Series: The Only Sorceress #3
Release Date: November 13, 2014
Buy: Amazon, BN, iTunes, ARe, Smashwords

Kora, self-proclaimed sorceress and new business owner, would love to concentrate on her bottom line instead of doing her divine mother’s bidding. But keeping her head above water is almost impossible with the goddess of magic’s past favors still haunting Kora. Especially when a Water witch begins drowning victims on dry land and their high priest—the beautiful Desmond—isn’t to blame.

Fighting off sultry vampire Maximo’s advances in between her nemesis’s temper tantrums, an upsetting funeral, and the arrival of vampire investigators hunting for the undead Prince of Persia leaves Kora little time to focus on her mother’s bigger picture. And Desmond stepping in to save the day has Kora on uneasy footing. But it’s his assistant who steal’s Kora’s marionette strings. This time Kora’s soul isn’t the only thing hanging in the balance.
About the author:
Anya Breton is a web monkey with an obsession for nail polish and rubber chickens. Her fears include Peeps and people who hate clowns. She lives in the Midwest with her significant other.

Review: Angels' Blood

Title: Angels' Blood
Author: Nalini Singh
Series: Guild Hunter #1
Release Date: March 3rd 2009
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Buy: Amazon, BN

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux knows she is the best- but she does not know if even she is good enough for this job. Hired by the dangerously beautiful archangel Raphael, a being so lethal that no mortal wants his attention, Elena knows failure is not an option—even if the task is impossible.

Because this time, it's not a wayward vamp she has to track. It's an archangel gone bad.

The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other—and pull her to the razor's edge of passion. Even if the hunt does not destroy her, succumbing to Raphael’s seductive touch just might. For when archangels play, mortals break.
Elena Deveraux is a vampire hunter that works for The Guild. She is hunter-born, and was born with abilities that help track down vampires. Her specific ability is being able to track vampires by scent, even those newly turned. I should mention that her job isn't to kill vampires, it's to locate and bring them back to the angels they belong to. This definitely isn't the easiest job to do, yet Elena excels in it. I enjoyed reading her character, she's a strong woman and isn't afraid to tell it like it is.

Raphael is an archangel that is both beautiful yet deadly. He rules with an iron fist, and I was slightly worried for Elena when she was hired to track down an archangel on a killing rampage. Only another archangel can kill one of their kind, so I had my doubts that Elena would walk out of this book unscathed, even though there are several books in the series. Raphael is pure alpha male in angel form. In between all the tracking, Elena and Raphael are slowly building more and more tension. I was curious to see if this would be a relationship, or if it would eventually lead to one later in the series.

I'm usually not a big fan of angel books, but I knew I had to try this out and step a bit out of my comfort zone. I'm so glad I did, this book exceeded my expectations and the world building is excellent. It reminds me a bit of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Elena is born with the ability to hunt vampires and is a pro at her job. I recommend this book for anyone that enjoys Urban Fantasy with a touch of Paranormal Romance.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WoW [131] - Black Widow

Black Widow - Jennifer Estep
Release Date: November 25th 2014

There’s nothing worse than a cruel, cunning enemy with time to kill—and my murder to plan.

With wicked Fire elemental Mab Monroe long gone, you’d think I could finally catch a break. But someone’s always trying to take me down, either as Gin Blanco or my assassin alter-ago. Now along comes the Spider’s new arch-nemesis, the mysteriously named M. M. Monroe, who is gleefully working overtime to trap me in a sticky web of deceit.

The thing is, I’m not the only target. I can see through the tangled threads enough to know that every bit of bad luck my friends have been having lately is no accident—and that each unfortunate “coincidence” is just one more arrow drawing ever closer to hitting the real bulls-eye. Though new to Ashland, this M. M. Monroe is no stranger to irony, trying to get me, an assassin, framed for murder. Yet, as my enemy’s master plan is slowly revealed, I have a sinking feeling that it will take more than my powerful Ice and Stone magic to stop my whole life from going up in flames.
Why I am waiting:
I'm addicted to this series, this one I already know will be an instant buy on audiobook.

What book are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Drea's Review: A Rake by Any Other Name

Title: A Rake by Any Other Name
Author: Mia Marlowe
Series: Somerfield Park, #1
Format: e-book
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Length: Novel (352 pages)
Genre: Historical Romance
Source: Netgalley
Buy: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Rating: 2.5-stars 

Monday, November 17, 2014

New Releases 11/18/2014

Captivated by You - Sylvia Day
Gideon calls me his angel, but he's the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own.

The vows we'd exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp, my greatest fears becoming my reality, my love tested in ways I wasn't sure I was strong enough to bear.

At the brightest time in our lives, the darkness of his past encroached and threatened everything we'd worked so hard for. We faced a terrible choice: the familiar safety of the lives we'd had before each other or the fight for a future that suddenly seemed an impossible and hopeless dream...