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Caught Looking

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Businesses that rely heavily on web marketing are in for a rude awakening in the coming year. That’s when privacy advocates will begin crippling the ability to easily track visitor activity on a company’s own website as well as across the Internet. In practice, the backlash against visitor tracking—commonly known as “Do Not Track”—is expected to make it tougher for a company to monitor which visitors are using its website and how they are using it.

This kind of data is critical to the web-analytics programs currently running on virtually all commercial websites of any consequence, which slice-and-dice visitor info to continually make websites more user friendly and more effective. The backlash will also make it more difficult for companies to advertise on other websites, as Do-Not-Track features on newer browsers make it impossible for advertisers to target ads based on an individual’s web use.

 

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A Security Primer

Hacking, once the province of teenage boys spreading graffiti for kicks and notoriety, is done today by organized, financially motivated gangs, said researchers of “Security Threat Report: 2010,”

YouTube

While YouTube has emerged as a marketing juggernaut for businesses, many firms are also discovering that the free video-sharing service has scores of other uses—all of which are also free for the taking.

The Gobbledygook Factor

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Companies vexed by the relentless need to continually design their websites for multiple browsers have a new challenge: the 2009 release of Internet Explorer 8 (IE8). In a phrase, it is expected to wreak havoc on a select number of websites. Apparently, IE8’s coming roll-out “may cause content written for previous versions of Internet Explorer to display differently than intended,” according Nick MacKechnie, a senior technical account manager for Microsoft.

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New Directions in Web Analytics

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While web software has been around nearly as long as the web itself, the latest crop of upgrades make it easier than ever to precisely study what’s working best on your site and ensure that those best practices are replicated on every page. Indeed, as too many businesses learned the hard way in the early days of the web, a site that often seems easy to navigate in the eyes of company creators can actually represent a major challenge to visitors. Too often, this results in visitors clicking away in frustration—and often logging on to a competitor’s site.

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