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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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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 Analytics ...
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How to fight off Google Analytics referrer spammers?

Last months I have lots of referrer spammers in my GA statistics. Their count is ~10x higher than count of legit visitors (my site is not very popular yet). I've turned on an option to hide known ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Are there any downsides of including google-analytics on your website?

I am in particular concerned with legal implications due to strong privacy legislations. However, I was also thinking about performance and false results by users blocking it.
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Why is Coffeyville, Kansas sending large amounts of traffic in Google Analytics?

I work for a UK-based digital-focused company. We have a few thousand US-based users but it is by no means our primary region. However, an excessively large amount of US traffic is supposedly ...
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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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How can I find the IP address for my visitors in Google Analytics Universal reports?

Does anyone know if/where I can find IP addresses of my visitors in Google Analytics Universal reports?
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Google Analytics - How to See More Detailed Browser and OS Info at Same Time?

I know how to see high-level browser, OS, and device info in Google Analytics. And I know how to see detailed info by category (i.e. IE > IE11, IE10, IE9, etc.). But how can I see detailed ...
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Finding out who owns a Google Analytics UA code

An old client got in touch asking about GA access, but is isn't something we have and the company we believe has it isn't claiming ownership either. Is there a way to contact Google to ask who the ...
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Pagespeed Insights reports that Google Analytics is blocking main thread in page load

I'm chasing page speed, partly as proof that getting 90%+ is consistently achievable. My main issue now is Google Analytics. In the below example, it's loaded via Google Tag Manager, so there's just ...
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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'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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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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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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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 on ...
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Huge drop [50%] in traffic after HTTPS move

Currently look after 3 websites. I changed one of them to be HTTPS as it's ecommerce, however have seen a huge drop in organic traffic since this was implemented. Went from around 800 impressions to ...
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How can I change the Google Analytics timezone?

All howto's I was able to find in the Internet is slightly (or even not slightly) different from the things I see in my real account. This things is also applicable to the official Google help pages (!...
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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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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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Unexpected traffic from social-buttons.com

In google-analytics for my website, I noticed unexpected traffic referred by social-buttons.com. I don't use the social button code supplied by this website, However, I use addthis.com codes beside ...
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Is there any way to improve the speed of Google Adsense/Analytics?

Whenever I run Google Page Speed or YSlow, many of the optimisations suggested stem from my use of Google Adsense and Google Analytics. For example, YSlow says there are "9 external Javascript ...
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How does Google Analytics know the sex, age, interests of visitors?

The demographics pane displays stats based on sex, age and interests. How did it learn this private information?
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Could somebody hijack my Google Analytics for a site?

I track many websites in Google Analytics. Recently I accidentally added tracking code for site A to site B, which I noticed a couple of weeks later. By then, one website had two weeks of no visitors, ...
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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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Block social-buttons.com / simple-share-buttons.com Referral Spam

How to remove social-buttons.com / simple-share-buttons.com this type of lots of Referral Spam link they increase 100% bounce rate How to remove this type of referral spam link in via .htaccess or ...
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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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Why is a message showing in Google Analytics language column?

Today, I watched my website statistics, and I saw there a language called: <URL Redacted> You are invited! Enter only with this ticket URL. Copy it. Vote for Trump! I have seen on another ...
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How to enable Google Analytics in uBlock Origin?

I have recently switched from using AdBlock Plus to uBlock Origin Ad blocker in Firefox as it requires less memory (https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/wiki/uBlock-vs.-ABP:-efficiency-compared). ...
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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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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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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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Google Analytics - Is there a way to import Universal Analytics property data into Google Analytics 4 property

All these days for our company website we are using Google Analytics' Universal Analytics property for tracking and analyzing the data. Since Google Analytics GA4 has lot of improved and new tracking/ ...
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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 a ...
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What's the difference between "landing page" and "starting page" in Behaviour Flow?

Under Behaviour, Behaviour Flow, I'm seeing results similar to this screenshot: As you can see from the screenshot, a "landing page" is not considered the same thing as a starting page. Otherwise, ...
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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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Why would you use document.location.protocol instead of plain // prefixed urls?

For instance Google Analytics uses document.location.protocol in the boilerplate for tracking: <script type="text/javascript"> var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-XXXXX-X']...
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Is there a way to get browser info on one specific page with Google Analytics?

I have an Ajax-based page which has had a history of problems with Internet Explorer (IE). I spent some time working on the JavaScript to try to get it to work in IE. After this I was interested to ...
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How do I track automatic translation of web page?

My web site is posted in English. I do not have the Google Translate plugin installed, nor do I have any plans to install it. However, I'm inferring from some of my analytics data that people visiting ...
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How can I tell Google Analytics to not use cookies for my sub domain?

I have my web site at example.com, and i have also setup a sub domain for serving static content at static.example.com. On my web pages I'm using Google Analytics, so it will attach its cookies to all ...
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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 are ...
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How do I show visitor count in my page?

I am using Google Analytics for tracking the visitors on my website. I can view all the stat reports from my Google login. I am wondering if I could place the visitor summary stat in my home page of ...
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Google Analytics: What to feed back to clients?

We have several successful websites all of which have Google Analytics. A few clients like to see some of the stats on the website and kind of like to have a "feedback" session. I usually go through ...
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What is the benefit of using Google Analytics' asynchronous tracking code compared to the non-asynchronous code?

What, specifically, does the asynchronous code accomplish or allow that the older code does not?
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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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Using one graph I want to see browser usage per browser over time in GA

When I view the Browser graph in Google Analytics I'm shown the total number of visits over time in the graph. Below I see the aggregate breakdown of browsers over the entire period. What I want to ...
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Alternatives to Google Website Optimizer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are some good resources for doing A/B testing of a website? What (affordable) alternatives are there to Google Website Optimizer for A/B and multivariate tests? The pro'...
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