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.josh

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Need help with analytics?

16 June 2015 - 02:04 PM

Why do you care about analytics?  Analytics is the next logical step after website development.  You just spent all that time and money making your website.  Don't you want to know how many people are going to it? Which pages are they actually looking at?  Which products are they actually buying?  What can you do to improve user experience on your site so that they buy more stuff? 

 

I can help you with:

 

  • Google / Universal Analytics
  • Google Tag Manager
  • Adobe Analytics (SiteCatalyst / Omniture)
  • Adobe Dynamic Tag Manager
  • Lots of other things that involve php or javascript

 

I have been doing Digital/Web Analytics for over 6 years, currently working for a company who works exclusively with enterprise level / high end clients.  I'm offering my expertise to the "little fish" / "mom and pops" out there for a nominal fee. 

 

PM me or email me at crayonviolent [at] gmail [dot] com.


National Read Across America Day - March 2nd, 2014

02 March 2014 - 11:07 PM

Otherwise known as  Dr Seuss Day. 
So in honor of this "holiday" and of Dr. Seuss:
 

 
You did not like green eggs and ham,
Sam, you did not give a damn

But then a bloke just wouldn't scram,
and now you like them plenty, Sam!

Now it's time to read a book -
don't you give that dirty look. 

You'll like reading Mr. Sam,
You will like it more than ham.

One book, two book, red book, blue book:
just pick and sit down in a nook.

You should read one in a house,
about a cookie and a mouse.

You will like it near and far,
even Where the Wild Things Are.

If evening is more opportune,
read in bed with Goodnight Moon.

Oh, the Places You Will Go,
imagine things that books can show.

If you don't believe it's so,
Ask the Doctor, Who should know.

"Doctor Who? Doctor Who?"
Just ask Horton, he hears too.

So read a book for that old cat; 
to Doctor Suess: I tip my hat.

DO NOT REPLY TO THREADS...

03 February 2014 - 03:42 PM

.. unless you are asking for clarification about the job.
 
Up until now, we have always made it to where people could not reply.  We decided to give it a try because people have constantly asked that we allow it, so that they could respond with clarifications, and we're willing to see how that goes.  But if all we see are people spamming their calling cards in the threads, we're going to issue a beat down and revert to no replying.  Do not make us regret this decision. 
 
Do NOT post your 'resume' or willingness to work etc.. in the job thread.  You must reply directly to the OP via email etc.  
 
IF YOU DO NOT FOLLOW THIS RULE,  BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN:
  • You may get warned.  
  • You may get muted (mods must approve your posts before they are visible).  
  • You may be banned without warning.  
  • Ability to respond to the threads at all may be removed (for everybody).  
Action is at the sole discretion of moderators and admin.  Any one or more of these may happen, even on your first offense.


Update 2014.03.31

Welp, that didn't take long. I knew it would happen and sure enough, it did. This rule continues to be broken, even by people that we give warnings to instead of outright ban. So as of this date, you can no longer reply to threads in this forum (again). I apologize to the people who actually respected this rule, and I apologize to the OPs who can no longer even reply in their own threads to update info (there isn't an option to allow OP but not others), but you can thank the people who refuse to follow rules who instead think they will get somewhere by spamming their stupid calling cards on everybody's threads. I hate to be the guy that says "I told you so" but there you have it.

Freelance forum updates

02 February 2014 - 10:15 PM

We have made some updates to the Freelance forum. Previously it was just a forum in the Miscellaneous category, and there was no categorization of any kind. We have now broken it out into its own category, and have created separate forums for people looking to offer their services vs. offer work.

In addition to this, we have relaxed posting restrictions: we will now allow for people to reply to threads in those forums. This will make it easier for people to post updates in their own threads, as well as offer feedback/review of others. People have been asking for this forever, and we figured may as well give it a shot and see how it turns out. Do not make us regret this decision!

It is important to note that we have never and continue to not act as any kind of mediator or verification/compensation source for people/organizations who use those forums. We will not be held responsible/liable for any damages, loss, etc. that occur from use of those forums. If you hire someone and they rip you off, don't come crying to us. If someone hires you and they rip you off, don't come crying to us. Those forums are a convenience. If you want something more official that offers guarantees, go to a real freelance site!

.josh

RULES AND GUIDELINES

02 February 2014 - 09:58 PM

GENERAL RULES AND GUIDELINES FOR POSTING

This forum is not meant to be a formal freelance service system. 

 

It is available for those who wish to seek out services or work from other people, as a courtesy to the members of the phpfreaks community.  phpfreaks.com does not specialize in freelance services.  This forum is an informal mechanism, as a courtesy to the community.  We have no formal mechanism in place (like escrow) to guarantee payment, refund, work done, etc...

 

phpfreaks.com shall not be held responsible for any losses you incur.  we have never and continue to not act as any kind of mediator or verification/compensation source for people/organizations who use those forums. We will not be held responsible/liable for any damages, loss, etc. that occur from use of those forums. If you hire someone and they rip you off, don't come crying to us. If someone hires you and they rip you off, don't come crying to us. Those forums are a convenience. If you want something more official that offers guarantees, go to a real freelance site!

 

If you have any questions regarding the freelance forum, feel free to ask them here.

RULES:

  • WHERE TO POST:
  • If you want to offer a job or position of employment, post in the Job Offerings sub-forum.
  • People looking for work: DO NOT post your 'resume' in job posting threads. You must directly contact the person you wish to reply to. The only reason replies are allowed is to ask for clarification/details about the job. Failure to adhere to this rule will result in all kinds of things, like you getting banned, or us disallowing replies. 
  • People offering work: DO NOT make more than one thread for a specific job.  You may make a new thread if it's a different job, but if you are just wanting to tweak the job specifications, edit/reply to your original post.
     

 

GUIDELINES:

 

  • When posting in the freelancing forum it's important that you provide a way for users to contact you. They will not be able to reply to your topics so they need a way to contact you privately. This can be using PMs, emails, any type of instant messaging service (MSN, Gtalk, AIM, Jabber, etc.) or however you see fit.
  • Unless you're an experienced coder and are looking for an extra set of hands, don't assume the job you want done is something "quick" or "easy" or "shouldn't take too long" etc... maybe it is, maybe it isn't. That's like going to a mechanic and telling him you expect him to be done in 2 hours when you have no idea how to fix a car.  The best way to get a feel for how long something should take, is to get multiple quotes

 

  • Don't expect to get a response from coders if you're offering like $20 for someone to build you xyz site.  Do some research and find out what the going rate for sites, particular aspects of sites, scripts, hourly rates, etc.. whatever fits your needs.  You may indeed find people willing to do something super cheap, but as with everything else in life, you get what you pay for. The moral of the story is this: Just because one person quotes $20 to build xyz.com from the ground up, or charges $2.15/hr, doesn't mean everybody else is way overcharging. You get what you pay for.
  • Don't expect feedback from posting "You'll get x% of profits once income starts pouring in" deals.  Use some common sense: if the coder has to wait until you start making money off his work, what does he need you for? You get what you pay for.
  • Don't expect feedback from posting jobs as 'non-paid' or 'for free'.  Would you expect someone to build you a house or fix your car for free?  You might get lucky and find some altruistic coder, but more than likely, you won't. You get what you pay for.
  • Even if you do get responses from posts like the above ones mentioned, more than likely the quality is going to be cheap.  Cheap as in not a good deal, messy and poor coding, lack of communication, shady dealings, etc.. You get what you pay for.
  • Make sure you know what you want, before looking for someone.  Don't assume any part of your project or need, no matter how big or small, goes without saying.  Because it doesn't.  And I guarantee you you'll end up fighting with the coder about it.
  • Though details vary from coder to coder, yes, it is normal to have to pay some kind of % up front for work you want done.  It may sometimes be hard, but it is possible to recover or minimize monetary losses, should a deal go awry. It is not possible to recover work done. That is why the burden of payment is on the client.  There are lots of sites/systems you can go through to protect yourself from potential fallouts.  
  • One thing you can do is search through the user's posts here.  Just click on their name and at the bottom of their profile click the "show last posts of this person" link.  This can be a useful research tool for getting a feel for the person's skill level.  For instance, if you see their post claiming to have 10 years of php experience doing everything under the sun, but check their post history and see that they recently asked a bunch of really simple questions, chances are they are lying about their skills.