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Downloadlink clicked tracking

Hi,

I would like to track the number of time a customer is downloading my application from the website.
Currently they just click on a link and the download starts, but this isn't pickedup by google analytics.
What would be a good approach to make tracking possible?

I thought of adding a page like:
"Thank you for downloading"
"If your download doesn't start automatically please click this link"

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Can anybody supply me with some simple example on how to set this up correctly?
I prefer code in HTML and/or PHP.
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Stef Merlijn
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palanee83Commented:
Whether user click on some PHP script to download (PHP script internally fetches the content of the downloaded file and sent to the browser) OR they click on the actual download file to download it.

If you have PHP script , you can track it easily .
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palanee83Commented:
more information about how to download the file using PHP,

http://www.finalwebsites.com/forums/topic/php-file-download

http://php.net/manual/en/function.header.php

If Google  analytic doesn't work, Then you can have your logic in your download script to track the number of time the file has downloaded.  Just log all the request which comes to this script. This will tell you the number of time the file has downloaded.  

 
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pius_babbunCommented:
You can use database table to manage the count of the downloads. I have just created the count field in this sample code you can add user id and more fileds you want in this table .Hope this helps you.
//FOR EXAMPLE - DOWNLOADING PDF FILES
	$filename	= $_REQUEST['filename'];
	$filepath	= "foldername/".$filename;	
	$extenstion = explode(".",$filename);
 	$filesize = filesize($filepath);
 	if($extension == "pdf")
	{
		header("Content-length: $filesize");
		header("Content-type: application/pdf");
	}
  	header("Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=$filename");
  	$handle 		= @fopen($filepath, "r");
	$contents 		= @fread($handle, filesize($filepath));
 	fclose($handle);
 	echo $contents;
	
	
	########################## COUNTER CODE BEGIN ###########################################	
 	
	//UPDATE THE DOWNLOAD COUNTER TABLE	EACH TIME THE DOWNLOAD LINK IS CLICKED
 	//DATABASE CONNECTION
	$conn = mysql_connect('hostname','username','passwor');
	$db   = mysql_select_db('dbname',$conn); 
  	
	//CREATE COUNTER TABLE
	/*
		CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS `tbl_download_counter` (
		  `id` int(11) NOT NULL,
		  `download` int(11) NOT NULL,
		  `updated_date` timestamp NOT NULL default CURRENT_TIMESTAMP on update CURRENT_TIMESTAMP,
		  PRIMARY KEY  (`id`)
		)
	 */
	 
	 $Query  = " UPDATE `tbl_download_counter` A SET A.download = (download + 1)  , A.`updated_date` = NOW() WHERE A.`id` = 1;";
	 $Result = mysql_query($Query) or die("Query Error :".mysql_error());
 	 
	 ########################## COUNTER CODE END ###########################################

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Stef MerlijnDeveloperAuthor Commented:
Isn't there a solution possible without using a DB?
Just plain HTML so Google analytics can pick it up?
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mattibuttCommented:
It is possible via GA however the better option is php google doesn't reveal the ip address with the php and db you can tracl that
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Stef MerlijnDeveloperAuthor Commented:
I don't realy need to IP.
I just want to know how many times the downloadlink is clicked.
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mattibuttCommented:
Have you looked a google intelligence beta which shows how many clicks in percentage
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Stef MerlijnDeveloperAuthor Commented:
Yes, but that doesn't show this for downloadlinks.
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Stef MerlijnDeveloperAuthor Commented:
Is there anybody who can show me a simple example in HTML/PHP without database?
One page where the download is started (link is clicked)
Second page "Thank you for downloading...etc." (see my initial question.
On the second page Google Analytics can be integrated.
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Stef MerlijnDeveloperAuthor Commented:
Thank you all
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