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Can anyone tell me how I might be able to capture where New users found out about the site? Specifically, let's say they click on a banner which takes them to my site. What kind of tool, code, would I use to capture their source and throw it into a table? My server tracks such data but I really want to track on a user-specific manner so I can track revenue and players who actually stick around. Thanks

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Can anyone tell me how I might be able to capture where New users found out about the site? Specifically, let's say they click on a banner which takes them to my site. What kind of tool, code, would I use to capture their source and throw it into a table? My server tracks such data but I really want to track on a user-specific manner so I can track revenue and players who actually stick around. Thanks

isnt there a get referring url function in php?

I can look it up later if someone hasn't posted it by then

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I didnt think Awstats showed user-specific data, just broad counts. It did verify my advertiser's claim though. Now I'm trying to track revenue from said clicks as time progresses.

I'll try $ref = getenv("HTTP_REFERER"); I'm not at all concerned with people trying to fake at this time.

Thanks everyone for your posts and thoughts

 

Edit: This is working perfectly. I can now track not only where my clicks come from, but which sites result in the most new accounts, and the most donator accounts.

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I wanted to post an update to this thread now that I'm done working on this. When I posted my last edit, I was just tracking the info, not using it well. Maybe this will give some of you a good idea, who knows.

So as I mentioned before, I started capturing the REFERER information. This is captured in a session variable at login.php and then register.php writes the data to a simple table containing userid and referer info. I then created a staff log that utilizes this information and crunches numbers for me.

My report creates a table with the following fields filled out.

Referer Link

Count of users arriving through link

Direct donations from these users

Total donations (Includes direct donations + any of their own referal donations i.e. friends)

How many of these people have a laston time > signup time + 30. i.e. At least tried the game

How many of these people have been Active within the past 24 hours.

This report will allow me to track in detail, the performance of my paid and unpaid advertising.

And yes, I realize that non-donating players are also important for the health and success of a game.

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