Track web downloads from my hosted site?

Hi I have a very simple site wit GoDaddy.com that I use to host promotional materials for a side business.

When I email these out to people I make a copy of the file that is personal for each person I send it to. So I will have "download_jim.zip", "download_susan.zip", and so on.

Is there a way I can track on my site if/when these files are downloaded?


Thanks,
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gyoregConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You should be able to find it in webserver log, if you have access to it (however it depends on the settings of the webserver).

If you have an ISP hosting your page, maybe they can give the logs / let you know how can you reach.

If it is not possible, then you have to create custom application/ IIS module to catch this data...
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jrm213jrm213Connect With a Mentor Commented:
You can check if the link to download them was clicked if you use google analytics on the site. Set the link up as an event and then you can see it in event tracking in google analytics.

example of a link wit this set up:

_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'fl_7_lp', 'download or view: PDF', 'msfl7_lp_01'])

<a onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'fl_7_lp', 'download or view: PDF', 'msfl7_lp_01']);" target="_blank" title="PDF" href="/protected/content/lp/red/01/msfl7_lp_01.pdf"><img style="height: 20px;" alt="Adobe PDF" src="/uploads/icons/pdf.gif"></a>


so in your case the onlick event could be like:
_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'personal file download', 'file_downloaded', 'download_susan.zip']);


If you are not using google analytics or not linking to the files from your website for the user to download then you would need to check your server log files for those files being requested as gyoreq stated above.

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ob1_Author Commented:
I am going to try enabling web statistics w/ GoDaddy first and if that doesn't give me the info I need I will setup the event w/ Google Analytics. Thanks!
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gyoregCommented:
Consider, that Google Analytics can track only page loads, direct image/downloadable files might be tracked only from server side.

Good luck!
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