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Difference between Alexa, Google Analytics, Quantcast and Compete website statistics

I am getting confused by the following traffic metric systems: Google Analytics, Alexa, Quantcast and Compete metrics because they each show different values. ie. unique traffic, visits, pageviews, ...
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How does Google Analytics aggregate the Count of Visits (Frequency & Recency Report)?

Here's my simple understanding of Count of Visits: Each person that comes to my site gets one "count" for each visit. They are put into a bucket of people with the same number of total counts -- if ...
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Tracking an iframed page hosted on another domain with Google Analytics

I've followed Google's instructions on tracking iframed content on another domain (http://code.google.com/apis/analytics/docs/tracking/gaTrackingSite.html#trackingIFrames) as best I can, yet there is ...
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Obtaining visitor stats without traffic monitoring software

A client would like me to obtain visitor stats for his website, but does not have any traffic monitoring software installed. So I'm wondering if it's even possible. The site is hosted on Heroku, so ...
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What's the deal with URLs for Yandex.Metrica not prepended with “http”?

The description of Yandex.Metrica explicitly says that URLs like //mc.yandex.ru/metrika/watch.js (no http: in front) that the web site owner has to insert into his pages are not erroneous. So for ...
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Track visitor use of “Ctrl + F” on a website?

Would it theoretically be possible to detect (e.g. via JavaScript) if a user queries a webpage with the Windows shortcut Ctrl + F, or the Mac-equivalent Command + F in their browser? The first step ...
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Should I track the login page?

I've recently started using Google Analytics on a B2B ecommerce site with authentication. Users must login and are redirected to the login page if they try to access an internal page without first ...
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How can I determine the trending pages on my site?

I'm looking to see what the "hot" pages are on one of my sites. I want to see for various timeframes, what the top-50 pages are. I'm only concerned with the current month's data. I'm going to create ...
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How to know if visitors are reading my long-form articles?

I have a website with a couple of long how to's and I would like to know if people are actually reading those articles when they come in from Google. That is, I'd like to learn whether visitors slowly ...
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Keep Google Analytics in a backup site or not?

I backed up my website and uploaded it to another server for testing and backup purposes. Should I remove or edit the Google Analytics snippet from the index.php (which is for the real site), or does ...
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Looking for non-paid heat map tools for website analytics

I'm looking for a heat map solution to track my users' behavior on my website, preferably free of charge. I've already googled a little bit and here is what I found so far. Still I would like to ask ...
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How does quantcast determine values in metrics like “percent of site visitors with a master's degree”?

I recently started using Quantcast on my site to determine my audience (which, really the site is so small now that I already know). When I look at some of the metrics on Quantcast, I see gender, ...
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Web analytics accuracy - log files vs JavaScript

I've just read a claim on a web stats package site that suggests that log files generate more accurate stats than their JavaScript-based counterparts. This seems to be an over-simplification at best; ...
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Can I easily track site performance over time with Google PageSpeed?

Are there any implementations of the Google PageSpeed API that allow one to track the performance of a site over time?
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Download tracking by IP

Is it possible to track downloads from a website by IP address? Ideally, I would like to see a log file with possibly time stamps, occurrences, and who (IP address, and/or country of origin). If ...
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Shopping Cart URL Structure

In regards to URL structure when it comes to guests and authenticated users, am I able to track traffic associated with both paths, but at the same time track total conversions going through the ...
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Self-hosted URL shorteners with built-in statistics?

I'm looking for self-hosted URL shortener scripts and projects (e.g. YOURLs) that track traffic sources, locations and other statistics. I need one with a solid API and JSON support. Any suggestions?
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Best way to track multiple sites with Google Analytics

I currently have 63 websites (and counting) that I'm tracking on one Google Analytics account, and I'm starting to realize... this is becoming a bit cumbersome. What's the best way to collect traffic ...
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How to prevent stat sites from getting/publishing my traffic and hosting information?

When I recently googled my website, stat sites came up that had more info on my website than I even knew off the top of my head! Daily traffic, Nameservers, analytics id, etc. I removed google ...
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How do you get new sites into your Quantcast network?

Over a month ago, we added some of the new Stack Exchange sites to the "Stack Overflow Network" on Quantcast, but to date, they haven't showed up: http://www.quantcast.com/p-c1rF4kxgLUzNc#subdomain ...
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How to get statistics and reporting on alternate domain names that you own?

I own several variations on my domain name that all 301 redirect to the main site. The problem is that I have very little visibility into how often these are actually used. How do I set up some ...
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Run Google Analytics reports across multiple accounts / properties

So I have a single login for Google Analytics that tracks multiple accounts with multiple properties as so. Account 1 Property A Property B Property C Property D Account 2 Property E Property F ...
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WordPress multisite and Google Analytics in subfolders with mapped domains

I have a WordPress multisite with sub folders. The site's subfolders are mapped to domains, which are set to primary. I'm using the Google Analytics Multisite Async' code to track things. From ...
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What sense can be made out of TIME_WAIT, CLOSE_WAIT, ESTABLISHED

Using netstat command, I got the number of couple of TCP states of connections. But for running websites, how to make meaningful connections between these numbers and the bottleneck/performance of ...
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Track actions of paying customers

I'm looking for software that can analyze my Apache log files (or some other source) and tell me, from the visitors that actually bought something from my site, some profiling information; like time ...
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Abandoment to blame for the last JavaScript file not always being loaded?

I have a code snippet for an app that users are loading as a 3rd party script on their site. The general sequence is as follows: Site loads http://www.example.com/foo.js foo.js does stuff 1 to 2 ...
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Very few visitors on Analytics: incorrect setting?

it's quite a long time Analytics is making me crazy: I have a 2 years old website, started with Aruba (an Italian provider) and then transfered on Hostgator. It's a blog Wordpress + MyBB forum, and on ...
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New traffic sources

How can I track new traffic sources for my site? (with google analytics or other tool) For example, if site is mentioned on forum it gets some visits from here, but it isn't visible (easy) in traffic ...
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Social media measurement with Google Analytics

I work for a non profit and we are currently trying to develop a system to measure and evaluate our social media channels (Facebook and Twitter). We would like to track a variety of social metrics, ...
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Google Analytics - comparing metrics for different cities approach

I receive traffic from a number of different cities across the world, these being: Washington, Bratislava and Belfast. In Google Analytics, I would like to be able to compare a variety of metrics ...
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Analyze Drupal and Wordpress sites CPU load in shared server

Our hosting company is complaining that both our Drupal and Wordpress websites running in a shared server are consuming too many CPU resources. The traffic for each site is not more than 100 users ...
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Self hosted Web Analytics like urchin

I would like some cheap/free web analytic software to be used on my windows server (Server 2008). urchin seems to be way expensive. please provide me some good recommendations.
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How can I safely analyze users' password quality?

Given a registration service website with rather lax password requirements for the users (6-12 characters with no special requirements), how can I safely analyze what quality of passwords users pick ...
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Finding the search terms behind 'not provided'

We use Google Analytics to track the vistors to our websites, were currently putting together a big audit of our SEO and one of the things we want to see is what search terms are working for us. ...
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How to reverse engineer the SEO on a website?

I have read this question. My question is a bit different from it. I want to know how can I reverse engineer another website that is ranking the best for some keywords. For example some website called ...
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How to track opens and pageviews in PDFs?

I know how to track clicks in links to pdfs and pfd's downloads. But I need to track how many times a PDF is opened after being downloaded and if possible track how many times certain pages are ...
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Does watching a long video affect bounce rate?

I'm assuming the following things are a "bounce": Clicking on a link to a page on a different web site Closing an open window or tab Typing a new URL Clicking the "Back" button to leave the site ...
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How can I find the number of users who visit my site via a redirect?

My domain foo.com redirects (via a permanent 301) to bar.com. I want to know how many visitors to bar.com come from having first visited foo.com. I'm using Woopra - originally, I thought the ...
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Can I use Google Analytics to count QuickTime installations?

By default, Google Analytics produces reports on which versions of Flash and Java my users have. Is it possible to set up a report on which versions of QuickTime (if any)
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In Webtrends, what browser is “Mozilla <Version Unknown>”?

I am getting a ton of visits from a browser that is showing up in my Webtrends stats as "Mozilla" with version listed as "Version Unknown." It's almost 14% of my page views. This is separate from ...
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What are the implications of having two Google Analytics tracking codes on 1 site?

What are the implications of having two tracking codes on 1 site? Both codes will be right under neath one another e.g. <script type="text/javascript">// <![CDATA[ var _gaq = _gaq || []; ...
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How to keep track of a unique and an existing visitor

I am creating an app that requires to know if the visitor visiting the app is a unique visitor or an already visited visitor. I know we could persist a cookie on the visitor's computer to know ...
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A lot of “(direct) / (none)” traffic in Google Analytics

my web site has a lot of "(direct) / (none)" traffic (over 50%) in Google Analytics, but under the "Audience", 100% are new visitors, why is that? I am quite sure most of the Audience should be new ...
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Google Analytics API - Super simple? [closed]

Google Analytics API - Too complicated? I've read about Google Analytics API but heard of others that it is a bit complicated to make it work. I use PHP. Copy / paste example My question is if ...
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What is the target time to have visitors spend per visit?

Looking at Google Analytics, It seems that people spend approximately 3.5 minutes per average on my web site, per visit. That's approximately enough time to read one article and perhaps leave a ...
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How to calculate unique number of events, one event per user in Google Analytics?

We have an event which fires every time user initiates a download. How is it possible to calculate number of downloads occurred let's say this month & calculate only 1 download per 1 user? If to ...
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Tracking visitors: is it possible to know what site you visited next?

Let's say you visit my website johndoe.com you read one or two articles and then you type directly in your browser's address bar "www.google.fr" thus exiting my website. Conversely you were on ...
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Why is the bounce rate high and how do I improve it? [closed]

I recently launched a site for reviews on mobile application games and after a couple weeks of running it I have a really high bounce rate 92%. I was just wondering if anyone could have a look at my ...
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Clarity around Advanced Segment defintion

I am hoping to get some clarity around an advanced segment I created. For context, our website spans multiple domains. For reasons I wont get into, I created an advanced segment that looks for ...
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How do I track multiple domain in Google Analytics?

I have 2 unrelated websites with different content. mydomain1.com mydomain2.com I already have a Google Analytics account for http://mydomain1.com. Now I want to add my second domain ...