Sunday, January 23, 2011

Get Analytics for your Public Files on Dropbox

If you have been using Dropbox for a while, you’d be aware about the hot linking feature which allows you to let people download the file in your Dropbox Public folder with a link provided by you. This feature is pretty useful and we’ve seen posts from the blogosphere about using it to power one’s blog images, templates and the like. If you offer downloads on your website using this service; you may be interested to find out the number of people who downloaded a file. Dropbox does not offer analytics, but there’s a workaround to get statistics without much difficulty.

Bit.ly analytics

Start by signing up for an account with bitly. Now, get a short URL for the Dropbox download link which you have and hyperlink the short URL for the downloads in your website/blog. Doing this will enable you to find out the number of people who downloaded a file from your Dropbox public folder by using the bitly URL analytics.

You just have to make sure that you obtained the short URL using your bitly Account/API key. Services like Goo.gl, is.gd which provide link analytics can also be used for this purpose.

Although one can trace the number of downloads in Google Analytics by monitoring the outgoing links, this method is more accurate.

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