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Old 9th July 2007, 06:26 PM   #1
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Exclamation Do You Use Google Analytics?

Do any of you use Google Analytics? Are you happy with it?

The reason I ask is because I use AWStats, which I'm extremely happy with.

However, a client of mine uses Analytics and he said that's it's not very accurate and the stats are on a 24 hour delay. This is contrary to the information that I've received from others about Analytics.

Can anybody clear this up for me? Is my client right about Analytics?

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Old 10th July 2007, 03:46 PM   #2
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As far as I know, Analytics is as accurate as any other stat program out there.

You're going to get different numbers from each, so it's impossible to compare numbers between one and other. My personal M.O. is to pick one that works for me and stick with it, using it for mostly for trend analysis, less for "absolute" numbers.

For instance, in the case of GoAn, they use JavaScript, so anybody who comes to your pages with JavaScript turned off will not show. In the case of log file analyzers, they can be misled by people surfing from business or home networks so multiple visitors show up with the same IP address.

Visitors who don't "do" Javascript include search engine spiders and other bots. If you want to track spiders' progress through your site you need some kind of log file analyzer; a JS solution like GoAn won't do the trick.

AFAIK, GoAn updates daily as of the previous day. It's not real time.

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Old 10th July 2007, 07:44 PM   #3
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However, a client of mine uses Analytics and he said that's it's not very accurate...
How is he measuring the accuracy of Analytics? Is he saying it is inaccurate b/c it doesn't give the same numbers as another tool?


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Old 12th July 2007, 02:23 PM   #4
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I use Google analytics and it does have a 24hr+ delay on your stats. I personally can live with that. Overall I find it very acceptable. I use it mostly for trends and the who, what, where, & whens. It does seem pretty comprehensive and very customizable. I agree with torka "use what works for you." Try GA you might like it.

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Thanks, everyone!

EricP, I have zero interest in Google Analytics, especially since there is indeed a 24 hour delay in reporting.

I'm extremely happy with AWstats. My question was on behalf of my client.

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Use two at once!

Analytics is great for summaries, but a javascript version that records all the info for each JS-enabled visitor shows some useful detail, and the quirks

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For what it's worth, I use Google Analytics on a couple of my sites... but don't use it everywhere because I sort of figure I have to have some secrets from Google.

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Do any of you use Google Analytics?
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Are you happy with it?
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Is my client right about Analytics?
It relies on JavaScript and sometimes some people might have JS turned of. Or of the Analytics server is going slow and did not completely download before someone went to another page, it might not have been recorded.

The default for IE is two connections and if people have not changed this, this could lead to the scenario above as well

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Google Analytics does not have a 24 hour delay. I use it primarily for many website I manage. I believe it has at most a 1-hour delay, which isn't bad at all.

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I'm looking at our analytics reports right now. It's nearly 5pm Eastern on July 18 and the latest data in my dashboard and elsewhere is dated July 17. I've never seen any "same day" information in Analytics.

AdWords, yes. Analytics, no.

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