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What does “Other” mean for Traffic Source on Google Analytics?

I logged into Google Analytics today and under 'Traffic Sources' saw: "Referring sites", "Direct Traffic", "Search Engines" and "Other". I've never seen 'other' before, and it was small (only 0.5%), ...
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Less than half of Facebook ad clicks are visible in Google Analytics

We have a website that we advertise via Facebook, but in Google Analytics only 30-50% of the clicks appear. (The page is not really public yet, so I cannot post a link here) We already did several ...
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How does Google Analytics track referring URLs?

When a visitor clicks on a link or is redirected to my site from another site, Google typically includes information about the page the domain and the page the visitor was linked from. How does ...
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Can I use CSS to hide the tracking gif used by Google Analytics Mobile?

I am redesigning my mobile website which uses a 1x1px Google Analytics for Mobile Websites tracking gif. The old design displayed the image at the foot of the page, but my new design hides the gif ...
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Problem integrating Adsense with Google Analytics

(Cross-posted to Web Applications) I've posted it once to the adsense ad forum, but as usual Google does not respond to help requests, and I got no real answers. I am having issues integrating my ...
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filtering out excessively long views from google analytics

I have a landing page I'm watching pretty closely and I'm trying to track the avg view time on that page to see if it's going up or down based on changes. The problem is some day in December the avg ...
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Unable to use anchor hash tag if using Google Analytics utm

If I want to user to go a particular section of my webpage, I will use http://www.mywebsite.com/help_faq.html#contribution However, sometimes, I need to track where user come from, if I use ...
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Why does Google Analytics log a user logging in as an exit?

I have custom event tracking set up in Google Analytics that tracks when a visitor registers on the site. The tracking is working fine. However, GA is showing that 100% of users "exit" the site after ...
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Is it normal to have some huge anomolies in Google Analytics site speed tracking?

I've recently started using the new _trackPageLoadTime function in Google Analytics to measure page load times. However, I have noticed a few pages appear with a huge "Average Load Time". One page is ...
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Google Analytics - Showing multiple site stats at once

Is there a way in google analytics to add multiple sites to and show all the stats together? So like the graphs and total visits/unique hits all combined for all the sites added to the google ...
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What search statistics are most reliable?

I'm doing some research into the SEO of one my websites and looking at different keywords and the search traffic they generate. Let's say I have a search term I'm ranked number one for a keyword and ...
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Google Analytics: Block Your Dynamic IP Visits?

I have a dynamic IP, which doesn't work for Google Analytics IP filtering. I read this post How to excludes my visits from Google Analytics? but don't see any code for setting the variable mentioned ...
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What are Mozilla compatible Agents in Google Analytics?

When I create a pivot table showing the number of visits for each type of browsers and regions, here is what I obtain: As you can see, regions such as Northen America the number of visits ...
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In Google Analytics how do I display full URL of referring pages?

This is such a basic thing that I can't believe I can't find it. In the Traffic Sources > Referrals screen I can see a list of domains but where is a list of referring pages?
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How can I have more bounces than exits in Google Analytics?

According to Google Analytics, a particular page has 97710 page views. This page has an exit rate of 57.82% and a bounce rate of 64.4%. According to the Navigation Summary page, 91.76% of page visits ...
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How do you change the url that Google Analytics' In-Page Analytics displays?

In Google Analytics, from the dashboard, clicking 'Content' in the left hand pane, and then clicking 'In-Page Analytics' brings up an awesome interface for seeing where users have actually clicked in ...
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How do I identify fake referrals?

I went on Google Analytics and I am trying to find out whether I am getting fake or genuine referrals. I found it a bit weird because yesterday i got 17 sessions and I haven't been getting that high ...
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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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Google analytics iframe code measuring visitor as two visitors

I'm trying to measure visitors in an iframe and the site containing the iframe. What I would like is that visitors clicks in the iframe are seen being from the same visitor as the containing site, but ...
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Google Analytics campaign advice

I am buying traffic from a broker not one source and sending to various landing pages. I would like to know the best way to structure a campaign so I can find which referrering site/URL is performing ...
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Does Google Analytics exclude Campaign traffic from Facebook in the Social reports?

For a while we have used campaign tags when putting posts on Facebook so that we can run campaign reports in Google analytics on those links. However it appears that traffic from those links are being ...
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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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External link tracking when opening the link in a new window in Google Analytics?

OK, so this seems like a really simply problem, but I have yet to find a solution that accomplishes the following: Opens the link in a new window Tracks the event in GA (obviously) Doesn't trigger ...
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Referrals from googleads.g.doubleclick.net . I don't have adwords running

I am seeing referrals from googleads.g.doubleclick.net in Google Analytics reports off late. They are very sparse but it's there. I am confused as I understand this may be referral from AdWords but I ...
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Bounce Rate for Macintosh extraordinarily high

Google Analytics is reporting a bounce rate of 10.24% for Windows Operating System and 8.79% for IOS for our home page. However, for Macintosh, it's reporting a bounce rate of 42.39%!! Looking at ...
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Google Analytics cookie across SagePay checkout

We use SagePay's Server integration for our online payments. We use Google Analytics to track activity on our website and Google Ecommerce tracking to log transactions. In Google Analytics, under the ...
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Google Analytics API data for goals (funnels) doesn't match - how do they reconcile?

I have a Google Analytics account with a well-functioning funnel made up of 4 goals. I can query the API and get the data out, but it does not match the funnel report in Analytics. Without getting ...
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How do I remove outlier data from a Google Analytics chart?

I want to display a pie chart of pageviews for my site, but there are a few outlier pages I do not want included. Is there a way to exclude those sites from the pie chart?
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Tracking AdWord ads with different text in Google Analytics

I'm trying to see how the text in my Google AdWords ads affects my metrics in Analytics. I have auto-linking enabled, so I figured I would be able to automatically see this in Analytics. ...
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Google Analytics and Web Optimizer Code creating double site visits

My website currently has a Google Asynchronous tracking code at the top of every page and the home page has an A/B test running on it. This is causing GA to add 2 visits for every 1 to the home page. ...
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Should I rely on Google Analytics or Alexa for stats about what countries visitors to my site come from?

I wanted to know some demographics about my website and I look at Alexa.com/siteinfo/koolbusiness.com which reports about 50% of the traffic is from India. But when I look with google analytics, 75% ...
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600 visitors per day, 20 backlinks but still not referenced by Google

i've launch a website on wednesday (9 August) There's already in 4 days 12,000 viewed pages 1,400 visits 20 to 25 backlincks a sitemap.xml (130 URL) english language / french language - url like ...
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Is it ethical to use Google Analytics on a site crime victims use to make 'anonymous' reports?

Our local police force have a website for rape victims to use to report attacks anonymously. At the top of the page is a 'Report anonymously' link, which takes you to a page using Google Analytics as ...
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Why is Google showing up as a referral instead of a search engine in Google Analytics?

In Google Analytics, why does Google show up sometimes under an organic medium, and other times as a referral? (They frequently have the same landing page.) As I understand (and I'm just as likely ...
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Does Google Analytics data affect SEO?

I have several pages on my site that I did not include the Google Analytics code. Will it improve my site's Google ranking if I include the GA on all of my pages and increase the number of visits on ...
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Hidden but useful features of Google Analytics

What are the most useful features of Google Analytics that are not known to common users? I know this is a typical question for many categories in stackexchange. I think Google Analytics deserves ...
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Will using Google Analytics on my website improve its SEO results?

Will I have better SEO results if I have Google Analytics on my website, or does Google not care if I'm using their analytics software?
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Why is “www.mysite.com” different from “mysite.com”?

In any browser if I use www.mysite.com or just mysite.com the web page is correctly retrieved, but I am having trouble with Google Analytics and Facebook App. Facebook: To be able to get Likes, I ...
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Does placing Google Analytics code in an external file affect statistics?

I'm working with an outside software vendor to add Google Analytics code to their web app, so that we can track its usage. Their developer suggested that we place the code in an external ".js" file, ...
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Finding results from _trackPageview in Google Analytics

I have a number of PDFs on my website that I want to track when people click on them. To do that I added this code to each <a> tag referencing the PDFs, ...
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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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Can I use Google Analytics to track a specific referrer URL?

I have a Featured Product block on my website's home page. I'd like to track it's efficacy by adding a handle ?referrer=featured to it and then have Google Analytics track checkout on said product. ...
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Why are URLs with my domain name at the end showing up in analytics?

I have a multi-language WordPress site that has been live since the last 3 months and today when I checked Analytics, I saw a lot of weird URLs: ...
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How to tell Google Analytics to ignore case in Site Search Terms?

I currently have Google Analytics on my site, and one of it's useful functions is that it gives me a nice breakdown of all the search terms people are using to search my site (my site has it's own ...
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Google Analytics regular expression to indicate TODAY?

in Google Analytics version 5 (latest beta) there's an option to add a custom filter I want to show only data of today. Only Show -> Date -> Exactly matching -> and then I have the option to fill ...
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Frequency & Recency in Google Analytics. How to read the histogram?

I'm looking in Google Analytics at Audience > Behavior > Frequency & Recency for a property I manage. My histogram looks like this: Something's fishy. The official docs say I should read this ...
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Hashbang priority vs clean url

Hi I am a newbie in google analytics.I have implemented a site with angularjs and Rails.Because of the use of angularjs the url generated is with hashbang(#!) for eg:-www.abc.com/#!/xyz Now I have ...
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How do I keep the hash (#) in a URL while using utm query strings in Google Analytics?

I've got a website that uses hash # to identify URLs. So URLs might look like: www.mywebsite.com/somepage.aspx#productname Obviously, "product name" is important here, and I need it to show up in ...
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Move a well-indexed website from one framework to another

My company decided to get a new website, while retaining the same domain (e.g., mycompany.com). We are currently using Joomla (still active), and the new website will be a self-hosted WordPress. ...