Google Analytics is a free web analytics solution provided by Google, featuring several client-side APIs, as well as REST APIs for Data Export and for Management.

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Google Analytics and the EU cookie directive. Who will fall foul of the law? Google or the developer?

So Google uses cookies when performing its usual duties of tracking users on a website. That is just it though; Google are setting the cookies and not your website as such. This is by virtue of the ...
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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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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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Is there a better analytics package than Google Analytics? [closed]

I've used Google Analytics for a while now, and it's pretty good for a high level view. But when I want to dig into the numbers a bit more, everything gets kind of vague. I also don't like that it ...
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One multi-domain analytics profile, or one analytics profiles per domain?

I currently run a small web-app that connects local businesses with new customers in a very specific niche. In the past few months this model has worked very well and the growth is excellent, so much ...
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Google Analytics: How can I track between http:// and https:// profiles for a domain?

I'm trying to set up tracking on a project that I'm working on. The main site is at http://www.example.com/ The order page is at https://www.example.com/index.php Currently they have two ...
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Site too large to officially use Google Analytics?

We just got this email from the Google Analytics team: We love that you love our product and use it as much as you do. We have observed however, that a website you are tracking with Google ...
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How do you exclude yourself from Google Analytics on your website using cookies?

I'm trying to set up an exclusion filter with a browser cookie, so that my own visits to my don't show up in my Google Analytics. I tried 3 different methods and none of them have worked so far. I ...
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When using Google and Facebook for social login, how to prevent misattributed session referrers and goal conversions in Google Analytics?

I am seeing quite a few conversions which have as source "accounts.google.com" (almost 40%). AFAIK, in the new Universal Analytics as soon as a user has a Referrer set a new session is started. So if ...
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Changing default date range in Google Analyics?

Is there a way to change the default date range of 31 days in GA? After changing it and clicking apply, only the current report changes? Next time I use GA, 31 days again??? Here is documentation ...
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How to track a download with Google Analytics?

I have a download file that is protected with a reCAPTCHA. Is there a way to track the downloads (both attempts and completed) with Google Analytics?
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Huge difference in visits/hits between IIS logs and google analytics

I use google analytics to monitor visitors access, and I am very happy with it, easy to use blabla, you name it :) Few days ago I copied IIS logs from website and used free/evaluation commercial log ...
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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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How does google calculate bounce rate?

We run a website where we sell access to a member area. We use Google analytics to optimize the site but i have a bounce rate in about 85%. The problem is that I'm not sure what count as a bounce ...
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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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Measure highest number of simultaneous visitors via Google Analytics

Is it possible to find out via Google Analytics the highest number of simultaneous visitors at any given time?
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What does “not set” mean Landing Page on Google Analytics

On the page Google Analytic > Content > Site Content > Landing Pages. What does not set as a landing page mean? User's visit on the website must land somewhere, and that landing page must ...
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Tracking click conversions with Google Analytics

Is there anyway I can use Google Analytics to track click conversions on a link? For example, if I have a link to www.a.com , is it possible for google to track the number of times that particular ...
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How can I block traffic from this referrer?

I'm getting a lot of spam referral traffic from semalt.semalt.com/referral on my website. I took a look at the link and there’s very little information about this. The number of website visits is ...
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Google Analytics - Traffic Source - Search engine - (Not Provided)

I am using Google Analytics, now here when I go to "Traffic Source Overview" under that it shows Keyword as "(Not provided)" which is almost 40% of my traffic source. Now more than 90% of search ...
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When reversing a Google Analytics e-commerce transaction is the per-unit price positive or negative?

Google's own instructions for reversing an e-commerce transaction seem to contradict themselves regarding the unit price. In the instructions it states The item field has a positive per-unit ...
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Google analytics - drop in traffic

Bit of a general question here. We are in the process of converting a number of our clients from older web sites to new ones. The problem we are getting, and sorry for being so general here, is we ...
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Google Analytics unable to validate my site during setup

I had trouble setting up GA on one of my websites so I set up a very simple test environment with a new domain name and just a single page - the default page. Even in this simple environment I ...
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Tracking multiple domains and subdomains on one analytics profile

I'm looking to set up Google Analytics for a system we have. Essentially, we have a multi tenant system where everything shares a single code base but might have extra pages or not. What I think I'm ...
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How to excludes my visits from Google Analytics?

I have integrated Google Sites website with Google Analytics and I access the website frequently to add more content. I want Google Analytics to track visits from real visitors only. How can I ...
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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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Is traffic coming from URL shorteners treated as direct?

Traffic coming form shortened URLs like bit.ly, do they show up in Google Analytics as direct or do they keep their real referrer? Ex.: if someone types in a bit.ly link it counts as direct, but if ...
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Google Analytics: Why is Avg Time on Site lower than Avg time on Page?

I have the following Custom Report set up in Google Analytics: Metrics: Avg Time on Page Avg Time on Site Dimensions: Page So a report looks like this: Page Avg Time on ...
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What is the difference between Visitor and Unique Visitor?

As the title says; What is the difference between Visitor and Unique Visitor? A visitor is a user with a cookie for one browser, as long as that cookie is valid, isn't that unique enough? If not, how ...
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Do filters in google analytics affect past data, and if not, how to apply filter to past data

I'm not a big analytics user and only just discovered I could filter out my own visits. So I created a filter to to this, but haven't seen any changes to my past data. Maybe I create the filter ...
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What does (not provided) mean in the traffic sources section of google analytics?

I'm looking at Google Analytics for one of our sites, and I noticed that our top Keyword is (not provided). This seems like a special value of some kind, I can't imagine people typing (not provided) ...
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Custom Advanced Segment (based on URL) in Google Analytics not working properly?

Hoping someone can help, I have what seems to be a very basic question regarding Google Analytics and Advanced Segments. I'm working on a University site, and attempting to add a custom segment only ...
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What is the best browser usage statistics source?

I wonder about what source of browser usage statistics is most reliable and updated. I've been using Google Analytics (with use of my analytics enabled pages) W3 Counter Stat Counter but they ...
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Tracking a single page on another domain in Google Analytics

I have access to edit a 'mini-site' hosted on our organisation's parent site. I'd like to track this page using Google Analytics, however I don't have access to the front page so I can't verify this ...
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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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Find out where the user has come from — previous page URL within the same site

Is it possible to use Google Analytics or a similar tool to track the users' inter-site click behaviour? I'd like to know how many users clicked on certain links on a particular page which lead them ...
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Someone else is using our Google Analytics Tracking code number. What do we do?

After looking over our Analytics today, I realized that another website is also using our same tracking code #, which is cause quite a few incorrect hits to our Analytics. Are there any ways to ...
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What's an acceptable “Avg. Page Load Time”?

Is there any industry rule of thumb for what's considered an unacceptable load time v. an OK one v. a blistering fast one? We're just reviewing some Google Analytics data and getting 0.74 Avg. Page ...
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Does Google use Google Analytics information in its search algorithms?

Does anyone know whether Google makes use of the information it obtains via Google analytics in ranking of search results? Does it, for instance, make use of the bounce rate for a page given a ...
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Pros and cons of tracking referral trafic with “utm” tags

We have a blog discussing products of a variety of manufacturers. Recently a manufacturer asked us if we could utm tag links from our blog to his site with the tags ...
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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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Google Analytics HTTP vs HTTPS

I want to use Google Analytics on a website that uses both HTTP and HTTPS that works as explained below: Secure pages accessed through https://mydomain.com/secure/* are always on HTTPS. Any access ...
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Analytics: CloudFlare vs Google - What discrepancy is too big?

Been using CloudFlare for one of our sites for about a week now, and CloudFlare reports 450% more real visitor page views than Google Analytics (so that's not bots or blocked threats). I understand ...
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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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Analytics - how to tell where converted traffic came from?

I must be missing something obvious. I have Analytics set up with conversion tracking (goals), and I had 4 customers complete the goals yesterday. I'm trying to find out where those 4 customers came ...
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Will adding “www.” to my domain setting in Google Analytics impact already collected data?

I have a profile in Google Analytics (GA) that has been collecting data for a year. The domain setting in GA is "http://example.com". The site, however, will redirect any non-www request, to ...
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How do I track a goal path over multiple visits?

My sales cycle is measured in weeks. A typical user behavior pattern looks like this: Finds the site via organic, cpc, or referral Browses the content for awhile. Returns a few days later, browses ...
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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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Can I use Google Analytics with commercials from other networks?

Does Google Analytics allow me to configure and evaluate statistics like CTR etc. for commercials from networks other than Google Adsense?