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Wikipedia provides an updated browser statistics summary that includes the top sources and median of these sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_web_browsers#Summary_table For most uses, the wikipedia median is probably your best estimate for accurate browser statistics. Each of the main browser stats providers are not 100% reliable ...


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage_share_of_web_browsers This page list the best and most reliable source of information on the market share of browser. Pretty much everything that people will answer is listed there. Here's the list : W3Counter : http://www.w3counter.com/globalstats.php Net Applications : ...


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As explained in part by Google's "Why don't my web logs or third-party click auditing software match my AdWords report?" support article, Google AdWords and Google Analytics do not track traffic in the same way that WordPress or your web server logs will report. Your host may be presenting you with data for all requests, including JavaScript files, CSS ...


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Practically zero. Because: The vast majority of users don't type in URLs anymore. They type the company name / domain name into a Google search box in the browser chrome, and go to the first result Google returns. If users expect to revisit your site often, they'll bookmark it. Update: I'll add a bit based on the good comments and answers given by others ...


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Google Browser Size http://browsersize.googlelabs.com/ This is a super tool which should fill all your needs, allowing you to even load in a URL and see what it looks like in different resolutions.


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Due to the design/nature of the Internet such figures are really hard/impossible to obtain. There will be a lot of variance between countries/regions in countries in regards to time spent online, and which hours are spent online. Also definitions of Internet access are a little difficult to pin down. Is someone sending an email on their phone on the ...


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A lot of great resources listed in the answers so far, great question. To me, the only reliable source of data you should look at for browser usage, and thus, what you need make sure you're supporting well, is your own site. Keep an eye on those breakdowns and you'll have a sense of your actual audience. If you get spikes in traffic because of news or ...


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I don't have any data that directly correlates page speed with click thrus. However, this article shows how important page speed is in a variety of other areas and may be useful to you: Amazon: 100 ms delay caused a drop in revenue. Google: 400 ms delay caused a 0.59% decrease in search requests per user. Yahoo!: 400 ms delay caused a 5-9% ...


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Follow the KISSMetrics guide The KISSMetrics blog has a detailed post titled, “How to (Finally) Make Web Analytics Work for You” that explains the process of evaluating exactly what's worth tracking. It breaks it down into the following steps: Identify business objectives. Specify website goals. Distinguish website Key Performance Indicators. Visitor ...


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Many competitive research tools (e.g. compete.com) show estimates for site traffic, but their reliability is questionable. There's no definitive way to determine a website's traffic without access to logs and detailed analytics. I think sites that sell advertising through AdSense have their traffic statistics tracked by Google, and some competitive research ...


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Use the "Navigation Summary" to work out which internal page a visitor reached your page from: Choose 'Content' and then 'Content by Title' from the Analytics menu: Click whichever page title you're interesting in learning more about: Click the page URL in the Content Performance table: Click 'Navigation Summary' under the 'Navigation Analysis' ...


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If he has logs of his server traffic then all the information you need is in there, almost everything google analytics does can be pulled out of server logs (and more, there are some things like 404/500 error codes that GA cannot track). This was how analytics was done prior to page tagging. Google used to offer an updated version of the Urchin 5 log ...


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Providing initial explanation re difference between server-side stats and online stats for the benefit of other users: Apache access log analyses all the traffic to your server. StatCounter tracks all the visits to your site. Your server gets a lot more traffic than your site, because server traffic includes all the visits from robots, spambots, crawlers ...


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I know that referrer field can be changed.. but why? This is known as referrer spam - unfortunately, spammers caught on to the fact that some webmasters do not secure their automatically-generated stat reports and, as most report generators do not add nofollow to referrer links, it is possible to get a link from a number of domains simply by providing a ...


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It depends on the type of redirect. If you have a Javascript or Meta Refresh redirect with Google Analytics running on that page, then Google might track the page if the pause between loading the page, loading the Google Analytics tracking script and the redirect is long enough. If you have a server redirect, then no Javascript code is actually triggered ...


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Using campaign variables, you can tag the contents of links in your advertisements. This will let you track the inbound performance of your advertising. So, if you have a banner ad on Reddit for example.com/reddit-sale, you could use the link with something like. ...


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Try Analog or Awstat. Another solution is Pion Core. This is the open source edition of the Pion analytics platform. However, it's more of a general-purpose analytics platform (which includes packet sniffing analytics), not just a log analyzer. It has log analyzing capabilities though.


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You could keep track of number of downloads per file simply by feeding the file through a server side script in the language of your choosing as opposed to linking directly to the file. By doing it this way every time the file is requested you can log it, and information about who is downloading it, in a database. See this answer for an example of this in ...


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US federal law pertaining to Fraud and related activity in connection with computers suggests that it is unlawful to: intentionally access a computer without authorization or exceeds authorized access, and thereby obtain information contained in a financial record of a financial institution, or of a card issuer as defined in section 1602 ...


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This isn't really a question you can throw out generically like this. You need to make the decision based on your content and whether you want or need the extra control the PDF format can get you. (The fact you're asking suggests probably not, though.) I'd personally say that the whole "print as PDF" thing is a bit of a historical hold-over that's ...


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On a blog, there are few reasons to offer a PDF download of the current page. The sort of content you might want to offer as a PDF tends to be content you've created yourself in a dedicated print design application such as Adobe InDesign. Good reasons to offer PDFs: Your audience may want to save the content for later reference, but it spans multiple web ...


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It's highly doubtful any engine will provide actual numbers for this information, but Google Trends does provide enough to get a feel for a term's recent performance. Whether that's useful will obviously depend upon how precise you really want this information to be.


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This is normally handled using session variables. When the user enters the site for the first time, a session is created. Every time you view view an article or a page, the site checks whether the id of the page is stored in the session variable. If it isn't, then the view is counted and the id stored in the session variable. Otherwise, the view count is ...


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You should start by asking yourself what the most usefull information is you can present your client. Then, make sure your presentation of the results leads to recommendations. Showing and discussing data can be fun and interesting, but actually using it to steer the purpose of the website should be you and your client's priority. Do you have any KPI (key ...


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Google Analytics can be used with single page applications. You can either use Events to track user behaviour, or you can register "virtual" page views in the same way that real pages get recorded in a multi-page site.


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You could just use Google Analytics to log the data, then pull the data out of the reporting api; this would save you a lot of hassle as most of the logging and data processing will be done for you by Google.


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If you're using wordpress then there is the 'Google Analytics Popular Posts', which pretty much does what it says on the tin. 'SubZane Google Analytics Plugin' does the same thing, there is also a decent tutorial if you'd like to get your hands dirty. Afraid I can't help with ROR, but this functionality should be available in one or more of the popular Ruby ...


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What is the reason behind the different numbers, even when the data is quite trivial like unique visitors and page loads? Google Analytics requires a Javascript callback to Google's domain and will not record traffic from users with Javascript disabled or the majority of bots. AWStats is literally reading your webserver's logs and will record (in one ...


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I think these are very generic statistics determined by some sort of unknown logic: The column after the Activity is Pages/v which I assume is "Pages Per Visit (average). The low/medium/high activity titles are probably determined by the number of pages a visitor browses in one session. This is where the "unknown logic" comes in. These numbers likely mean ...


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Unless you see reported "Crawl Errors" or "Blocked URLs" then it would seem that missing graph data is simply "where the data is not available". However, Google does not appear to be particularly clear as to why these "gaps" occur, simply stating that it can take time for data to appear for new sites and to check the stats for both the www and bare domains ...



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