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What is the best Apache logs Analyzer? [closed]

What real-time log analyzer can you suggest for Apache access and error logs? There is a list of web analytics software on WikiPedia, but it would be great to hear opinions from people with ...
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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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Standard ratio of cookies to "visitors"?

As noted in a recent blog post, We see a large discrepancy between Google Analytics "visitors" and Quantcast "visitors". Also, for reasons we have never figured out, Google Analytics just gets ...
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Quantcast http://pixel.quantserve.com/pixel request 302 redirects to Facebook and other ad networks

I just spent a few hours investigating what I thought might be a malicious Chrome extension (using developer tool to audit them, highly recommended!), an ISP/DNS injection issue, or a malware ...
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Finding the email/account associated with a Google Analytics "UA-XXXXXX-X" id?

I set up Google Analytics for a client some time ago, so the tracking code is installed. I can't for the life of me find which email account I used to set it up, so now I can't access the stats. We ...
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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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Is it a bad idea to use multiple analytic packages?

Is it alright to use multiple analytics packages (Google, clicky, mixpanel, etc) at the same time on the same site? Would it be more beneficial to just use one package?
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Is there a good way to measure my site's response time from different parts of the world? [closed]

I would like to measure how fast my site loads from different locations around the world. What is the best way to do this?
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Alternative to Pingdom website monitoring service

I need a website monitoring service to make sure my app is not only up but also responsive. Pingdom is great, but just so expensive. Is there anything like it but more affordable? UPDATE: I'd like ...
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How do you format SEM URLS to properly track results using analytics engines like Google analytics?

If I were to purchase some advertising space on a website- what should I add to the end of the URL to track the results of that campaign in a tool like Google Analytics? Is capitalization important?...
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Interpretation of empty User-agent

How should I interpret an empty User-agent? I have some custom analytics code and that code has to analyze only human traffic. I have got a working list of User-agents denoting human traffic and bot ...
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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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How can I pass referrer header from my https domain to http domains?

My website is 100% https. I have links to other http domains. The referrer header is not set when linking from a https page to a http page. From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_referrer If a ...
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How did new users come to my site and is it safe to keep them?

I'm launching a website as a hobby, it is somehow a stackoverflow clone. I noticed a very weird thing that I can't understand, I don't know if this is normal because I'm pretty new to the web ...
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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 make sense of analytics data? [closed]

Are there any good resources out there for learning how to use analytics data? I'd like to learn how to take the data and apply it practically to my site in order to make it a better experience for ...
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Understanding Alexa rank, it isn't showing many of my back links?

When I check Alexa rankings for my site it says that one site is linking to my site. Is it only showing back links? If it is then why are other website traffic checking tools like Google showing ...
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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 Page ...
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Why does Google Analytics show more users than sessions?

My Google Analytics page shows almost twice as many Users than Sessions. It really doesn't make sense to me, does anybody know what's the reason for this? Here is a snapshot from my GA dashboard:
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detecting when you are going to reach your hit limit for Google Analytics free account

I am a user of a free Google Analytics account and i'm slightly concerned that I may be approaching the 10,000,000 hit (Pageviews, Events etc) per month. Google state in their documentation: These ...
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What are the pros & cons of web server log analysis over web based analytics like google analytics

What are the advantages of web server log file analysis over web services like google analytics? What are the advantages of google analytics like tools over web server log file analysis?
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Best Free Web Statistics and Analytics Packages For Sites Using PHP & MySQL

I'm looking for a list of the best free web statistics and analytics packages for my site using PHP & MySQL?
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Why are there capitalized duplicates appearing in Google Analytics Real-Time reporting?

The following is visible under Real-Time reports in Google Analytics for a single page: What is the difference between the lower-case and upper-case search engine names? "Google" vs. "...
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Is it possible to get information about competitor traffic?

Is there a possibility to get competitor website traffic info?
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Recording custom variables to identify individual users with Google Analytics

I have been asked by our marketing department to add Google Analytics custom variable tracking to my company's website. As the website uses server side includes, modifications to the tracking tag roll ...
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How do I analyze vague Google Analytics data re traffic from Facebook?

We have one Facebook fan page and two personal profiles that could be sending traffic and then there are the many facebook pages of friends etc. I am also running an ad campaign from my FB account ...
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How to track subscriptions to an RSS feed

I have RSS feeds on some of my sites and I'm wondering how I can track how many people are subscribing to them. The obvious solution is to track the number of hits on the URL, but I don't feel like ...
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Adding a calculated metric to a custom report in Google Analytics

Is there a way to display a calculated field in a custom report, for example I want to display the value of (event X / event Y) over time? (including average event value, total events, etc.)
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How do large sites like StackOverflow handle their access logs?

I'm wondering how large sites like StackOverflow handle their access logs. A write to the disk on every request seems a little bit uneconomical, but is Google Analytics that reliable to use it as your ...
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How do I analyse my website in terms of SEO?

What are the tools that can be used to analyse the SEO score and other SEO factors that helps in promoting websites in search engines?
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How can # of unique visitors be more than # of visits?

I am confused as heck. When looking at a few individual pages, I am seeing weird results I hope someone can help explain. I am doing manual standard reports, and not creating or using a widget. For ...
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Is it possible to use Google Analytics to track file downloads?

It's always bothered me that Google Analytics (and similar embedded web traffic monitoring services) can only see a reflection of the traffic going to my server and can only see page visits since it ...
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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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Good tools to measure a page’s usefulness?

I'd like to add a "Was this page useful?" part at the end of multiple pages for visitors to rate the page and leave feedback. I could program this myself, store the data and make the reports that my ...
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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 to detect and track broken pages using Google Analytics or some other tool?

On my blog (WordPress), I am using a caching plugin, and somehow it happens that on my popular posts, the page broke, which means the generated HTML never reached the ending HTML tag and broke in ...
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In Google Analytics how do I determine which pages are losing page views month over month?

How do I show and order the pages which lost views (popularity) in Google Analytics? e.g. page A lost 350 unique visitors this month and page B lost 300, etc.
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google analytics statistics

I am compiling a report for a client using google analytics. I have observed that the client has unusually good page view times (>5 mins) and excellent bounce rates (<25%). I need to reference ...
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How can I get stats for what 3rd-party sites have embedded our iframe widget?

Say we've produced a widget for other sites to use, like so: <iframe src="http://example.com/whatever.php" frameBorder="0" width="200px" height="300px" scrolling="no"></iframe> The ...
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What are examples of services that track content-driven activity on social networks like Facebook and Twitter?

I'm trying to design the basics for a platform that enables users to access sets of statistics and information related to the way how their publications are handled and shared across social networks ...
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How do I find information on who links to my sites? [closed]

I'm trying to figure out if there's a free way to get information on back links to my site. I've had webmaster tools and Google Analytics set up for years. But I can't find access to data about site ...
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"Not Provided" keywords from Google search: If your site uses https, does Google always send the keywords in the referrer?

Over the last two years the number of "keyword not provided" referrals from Google Search has grown to close to 30% for my websites. Google does not send the keyword in the referer URL when the user ...
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Tool for clickstream anlyzing of Apache logs?

Are there any good tools to analyze the clickstream of individual users in Apache web server logs? For example, I'd like to be able to click on a visitors IP address and see all pages the user ...
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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 different ...
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How to calculate average daily / monthly pageviews in Google Analytics?

Is it possible to calculate the average daily pageviews or the average monthly pageviews for my website using Google Analytics?
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Text limit on analytics event code

I am just about to add the event code a button that downloads the PDF. Event code fields: _trackEvent(category, action, opt_label, opt_value, opt_noninteraction) Example of event code: onClick="...
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Does Google still have benchmarking report?

I have been looking for Google benchmarking reports for a while, still cannot find it. Is it still available?
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Employee had analytics under his personal gmail, no longer with company

A former employee had Google Analytics for multiple websites setup under his personal gmail account. We suspect that he (upon being let go) removed/disassociated those analytics websites from his ...
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Google Analytics 4 withholding data due to thresholding

I'm a web developer using Google Analytics. A client asked us to build a fun "personality quiz" with 4 simple questions. At the end of the quiz we'd show a description of their personality ...
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How do I get social engagement data in Google Analytics?

There's a Social Report under the Audience section. However it shows that none of our visitors are socially engaged. Searching the Google Analytics Help Centre for "social" or "engagement" doesn't ...
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