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Old 14th November 2005, 10:58 AM   #1
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I wanted to open this thread to track the experience of any forum members using Google Analytics.

I noticed we had previously discussed web analytic solutions, and price was a key factor in choice.

I'm going to plug in the code and see how I like Urchin's software, compared to Statcounter.

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Old 14th November 2005, 04:07 PM   #2
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Good idea Jesse.

I haven't had a chance to set it up yet, but there sure is a lot of discussion on this currently. One question some are asking is even if you should 'give' away the data to Google?

Here are related blogs/forums on the subject

http://www.google.com/analytics/
Google Analytics

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2005/...analytics.html
Google Blog

http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/google-analytics
Matt Cutts

http://blog.searchenginewatch.com/blog/051114-030100
Search Engine Watch

http://forums.searchenginewatch.com/...ead.php?t=8727
SEW Forums

http://www.threadwatch.org/node/4673
Threadwatch

http://www.seroundtable.com/archives/002791.html
Search Engine Roundtable

http://www.clickz.com/news/article.php/3563766
ClickZ

http://www.clickz.com/news/article.php/3563766
ISEDB

http://www.seobook.com/archives/001353.shtml
SEO Book

http://www.seomoz.org/blogdetail.php?ID=543
SEOmoz

http://www.informationweek.com/story...leID=173602188
Information Week

http://www.highrankings.com/forum/in...howtopic=18200
High Rankings

http://forums.digitalpoint.com/showthread.php?t=38633
Digital Point

http://www.webmasterworld.com/forum30/32017.htm
Webmaster World

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Old 14th November 2005, 04:30 PM   #3
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So far I've signed up, added the code to my pages, and waited and waited and waited - because their server is S-L-O-W. They might have underestimated the resulting traffic.

I already give my stats away to my current provider, I don't see any big worry about having google know what people do on my site. I've nothing to hide...should I be worried?

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Old 18th November 2005, 03:41 AM   #4
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Gudday all
Just today (18/11) I tried to load Analytics. It keeps telling me that the required js is incorrect yet it appears ok. Has anyone else had this problem or any ideas?

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Old 18th November 2005, 10:32 AM   #5
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Google Analytics (GA) team has been overwhelmed by signups in the last week. Seth Godin posted a link in his blog and he has one of the most read blogs in business. I had my own problems with GA as when I first installed the code I didn't see anything. I was worried as I use PHP includes for the top of my website which included the head tags where the code is supposed to go. I sent off an email to GA and they eventually responded with the following:
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I understand that you aren't seeing data in your reports, even though your
tracking code has been set up for over six hours. We apologize for any
inconvenience. We have collected your data since you installed the
tracking code on your site, and are continuing to collect this data
throughout the day.

We are currently in the process of creating reports from your data. You
should be able to see your reports populated with data later today. Please
note that this reporting delay is associated with unexpected demand for
Google Analytics. Under normal circumstances, the data in your reports
will be at most six hours old.
It is now working and I have to say it looks impressive. I wish I had this type of depth to my stats before. I am looking forward to making improvements to increase conversions and grow my website effectiveness.

My advice is stay with it. I am not going to worry about Google's use of my stats. I just don't want my direct competition to see it. If it makes for better searching and better Adwords adsense over time --sounds good to me.


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Old 18th November 2005, 03:35 PM   #6
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Has anyone really thought this through? The more I think of it, the more I don't like it. I mean, isn't that a lot of information to offer one corporate entity? All that info from all those site with all that traffic, what could an emerging empire do with that kind of real time information?

I made a lengthy blog entry earlier today, [see signature].

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They've stated they will not be using it for competitive advantage. If they did, can you imagine the uproar?

I'm giving it a shot. It doesn't do what some very simple tracking programs do (like give me the exact URL of the referrer) at least I haven't figured out how. The program is huge and the possibilities are endless. I really like the idea of the filtering and goal setting. Although I'll need to probably digest it (along with a lot of pie) over the Thanksgiving break.

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Old 20th November 2005, 02:20 PM   #8
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I don't really mind Google being privvy to my stats... after all - they pay my mortgage! LOL

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Old 13th December 2005, 11:27 AM   #9
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Thank you to whomever posted the link to statcounter.

We have urchin free with our webhosting account but it doesn't come with all features. I tried the free version of statcounter and immediately upgraded as 100 logs is hardly enough to cover a portion of our day's traffic. I am quite pleased with what I see--they even explain why some of the statistics are worth reviewing--a question I had posed some time ago on this forum but to which I received no response.

I think this stats service is going to allow us to better target our customers and make better decisions on our advertising buys. So, thanks!

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I'm glad you found the link useful. While I'm looking more and more at GA to see if I can't learn how to glean some info there (there's so much!), I find myself continuing with my statcounter subscription. Their keyword stuff is pretty slick - which is I think what keeps me a customer there.

I think someone could make some good money writing a very in-depth, but concise and clear manual about how to use GA - no?

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