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Weekly Newsletter - 2005-03-02

Hi Everyone,

My remarks will have to be short today but I'll leave you with a quick plug. I love tracking and stats programs because they really do make a huge difference in even the smallest marketing efforts. Anyway, I purchased an AdSense Tracking program to help increase our revenues. It was money well spent. If you generate revenue from having Google AdSense on your site, check out the AdSense Tracker. The stats it provides are fantastic - everything you wish Google provided but doesn't. It will even show you which AdSense ads your visitor click on.

Have a great week!

Robert Clough
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