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Why does Google Analytics show more users than sessions?

For those that land on this question where they experience more users than sessions in Audience Overview (I.e. no custom report or hit level dimensions concerned, which seems to crowd out search ...
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Quantcast http://pixel.quantserve.com/pixel request 302 redirects to Facebook and other ad networks

Quantcast Measure Terms of Service (https://www.quantcast.com/terms/measure-terms-service/) Section 6: Quantcast servers may choose to occasionally respond to any publisher’s Tag by redirecting the ...
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How does Google Analytics define a new vs returning user?

ga.js and analytics.js user tracking. The first time a user visits your site, a _ga cookie is set to help distinguish the user. The cookie has a 2 year expiration date from the time it is set. If the ...
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Do I need to add the Google Tag Manager if I already have Google Analytics?

you can leave the global site tag tracking code snippet on your site, just do not also configure tags for GA pageview tracking within GTM. If it were me, I would remove the global site tag tracking ...
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Quantcast http://pixel.quantserve.com/pixel request 302 redirects to Facebook and other ad networks

I highly suspect this is cookie matching with various audience data/analytics providers and ad companies. It seems to be covered in their privacy policy, albeit fairly vaguely: We may share with ...
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How can I monitor traffic on unused domains to determine which would be most popular?

I were to host a blank page with a tracking code on each of them I would be able to monitor incoming traffic to each domain, correct? Correct, although I would avoid a completely blank page and at ...
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Link to full domain on each website menu - does it affect Analytics or SEO

What you're describing are absolute links (https://example.com/page1.htm) and relative links (/page1.htm). It really doesn't make any difference for SEO or analytics. The advantages/disadvantages of ...
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Why is the http version of my website still receiving the most search traffic?

In most cases the URLs used in Google Search Results come from their search index, and therefore will be based on the canonical entries they have. e.g. it will be the https version of your website ...
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Do I need to add the Google Tag Manager if I already have Google Analytics?

You need to add your Google Tag Manager code in your website. Then, you have two options: Leave it, don't do anything else. Your Google Analytics code will remain as it is and FB Pixel will be added ...
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Google Analytics API: return data on HTTP status codes?

Google Analytics is not good at tracking response codes. The JavaScript snippet does not usually get installed on 404, or 500 error pages. It would be possible to do so using custom error pages, ...
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Why does Google Analytics end sessions at midnight?

Midnight is the logic time to end a session - if there has to be a specific time at which each and every session, no matter how long it is open has to be ended. Even if it might seem stupid to count ...
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Google Analytics not same with my database records

There are a number of reasons why Google Analytics may not be showing the traffic your database shows... Your Code Is Positioned Poorly Your GA tracking code should be in the head section of the ...
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Does viewing PDF pages in a browser send multiple HTTP requests to the server?

I'd say it's more likely to be a 206 (Partial content) code. One PDF = one resource. But if the file is large and both the browser and the server support range requests, the file can be fetched over a ...
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How to decide which browsers to support?

The objective measure is in money: How much does it cost to maintain the browser support vs how much it costs to turn away users because of browser compatibility. Costs of turning away users ...
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How to calculate average daily / monthly pageviews in Google Analytics?

Go to Audience > Overview Select your desired date range (go from when you started your website if you want the figures for all-time) Have a look at the total number pageviews, or another metric such ...
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Legal Ramifications Of Constantly Checking A Website

As mentioned by Stephen Ostermiller, you have several options. 1. Asking Owner Ask the owner of the site directly. Of course, this could be a scary thought... but I think that's the best way if you ...
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Most active hours per day in Firebase Analytics

Sadly that is impossible with Google Firebase Analytics. And yes, Google is deprecating and shutting down their superb Google Analytics SDK in 4 months and forces App developers to use their "new" ...
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In Google Tag Manager I have two Google Analytic tags, and want to know if my setup is correct

When Google Tag Manager is installed on a site (a script tag beginning function(w,d,s,l,i) and ending with your GTM container ID), it is not necessary to separately add Google Analytics tracking code ...
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Possibility to make website analytics public?

You could create public reports within Data Studio using the GA Data and then embed these into a website. More information on embedding DS Reports here: https://support.google.com/datastudio/answer/...
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Google Analytics Content Group, do I use gtag set or gtag config?

Content group passed with set command will be added to the next hit, like: gtag('set', {'content_group1': 'My Group Name'}); \\ No data sent gtag('event', <action>, { \\ Now ...
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Does using web analytics tools other than Google Analytics put my sites at a disadvantage in Google SEO?

Using Google Analytics (GA) or Matomo or Adobe Analytics or Piwik or any other web analytics software does not impact SEO at all. The only impact could be if the web analytics software is severely ...
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Why do my Google Analytics and CloudFlare analytics results differ?

Google Analytics is based on JavaScript running on the client whereas CloudFlare's numbers are based on how many requests they get for each resource. Analytics is more likely to be showing legitimate ...
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Does opening link in new tab break goal funnels steps?

Opening new tabs or windows does not cause Google Analytics to start a new session for the user. Google Analytics starts new sessions when: There is no existing session cookie The existing session ...
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Get the conversion's first touch source in Google Analytics Universal

The script would work with some tweaking, the only change would be setting 'custom dimensions' instead of variables. However, a more elegant solution would be this tag manager implementation which ...
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More than 100 of subdomains to be tracked in Analytics using Google Tag Manager

Regarding the Property and View limit (50 and 25, respectively), there's no way around that, really, so you'll probably have to break up the sub-d's across several properties. So with that in mind, ...
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Block rank-checker.online

This isn't a direct answer to your question but to your problem: Try a hostname filter on your Analytics account instead. Filter only for your domain. The only situation in which you'll get views ...
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Should I give a salesman who is selling to me access to my analytics?

Don't be suspicious just yet. Just ask them what data they want, and use Google Analytic's export feature to send them any specific reports. Marketers & consultants need as much as information as ...
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New Website, Digital Ocean spam traffic very high on Google Analytics

@closetnoc was right. I have contacted Digital Ocean and they responded with: It looks like these IPs are related to a monitoring service, are you currently subscribed to one? If not, it's ...
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What is _ga in url path?

This is needed for cross-domain-tracking, and yes, it stands for google analytics. You can't stop Google from adding the tag, but you can tell Analytics to ignore it in your reports.
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How to figure out the monthy views of your website via Google Analytics

So, really, the 'pageviews' is a more accurate barometer of our monthly visits, correct? No. Visits and Pageviews are by definition different things. A visit consists of at least one (usually more) ...

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