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GoAccess is a free text/curses based log analyzer similar to "top".


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You just got introduced to bots :) Looks like you are running a vanilla version of software like phpBB or WordPress etc. What are bots? (Source: Wikipedia) Bots are an army of (mostly compromised) machines doing whatever their bot head asks them to do. In most cases, they just post spam messages with links. Read more about the command and control ...


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Another way of asking your question is: "How many users had at least one download during this time period?" You can use "segments" to answer this question. Create a segment only for users that have a "download" event. Select the "Audience Overview" report Change the main metric dropdown from "Sessions" to "Users" Click "+ Add Segment" Click "+ New ...


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Matomo (former Piwik) is a good choice (better than awstats, in my opinion)


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I found what I believe is the answer in the link below. http://www.michaelwhitaker.com/blog/2010/04/23/unique-visitors-0-visits-and-pages-in-web-analytics/ To detail the answer is quite lengthy, but in summary - for purposes of attribution, google credits a visit at the page level to the first page visited in a single visit. However it credits every page ...


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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 browser to a third-party anonymous beacon to support the provision of Quantcast services in market. The decision to beacon is not related to you the publisher, ...


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I think the code validator is wrong. If part of a URL is missing then the other parts are filled in from the parent page. So for example, if an image is referred to from http://example.org/page1.html with src="pic.jpg" then the browser adds http://example.org/ before the src.jpg before it fetches the file. If the http: part of the url (the protocol) is ...


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As mentioned is this answer there is a new method of doing this: Referrer Policy/meta tag. See spec and example in this q&a.


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Google allows Multiple tracking codes on web pages however some configs may not be supported. You can install multiple instances of the Google Analytics tracking code on your web pages to send data to multiple properties in your account. Not all configurations are supported. You can, for example, install multiple instances of the Universal ...


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I also had this same problem. I solve by adding meta tag like below and it will be work only in Chrome and Safari. <meta name="Referrer" content="origin">


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As long as all the secondary domains simply do a 301 Permanent Redirect to the primary domain, this will not negatively affect SEO at all. It probably wont have any positive effects either, but if you value owning those domains (even if just to ensure noone else uses them) then that may be immaterial. Replicating the content on all the different domains ...


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These are two different reports, which are showing the "correct" data as per Google's support page. The terms being used in both the reports are worth noting, since they sound similar but are not (I can't really blame the OP for falling for the similarity) Landing Page seems similar to Entrances, Pageviews to Visits, Avg Visit Duration to Avg Time on Page .....


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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 results when researching this issue) ask this: Are you running events on your website? Are those events on iframes or sub domains? Are you firing events on ...


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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 user visits your site within the 2 year period, they will be marked as a returning visitor. On the return visit, the expiration date for the cookie will be ...


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Have a look at this google support article Visits represent the number of individual sessions initiated by all the visitors to your site. If a user is inactive on your site for 30 minutes or more, any future activity will be attributed to a new session. Users that leave your site and return within 30 minutes will be counted as part of the original session. ...


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Most analytics providers offer benchmarking tools which allow you to compare your own analytics with those of other sites in the same market sector. Google offer a free service (in the form of an email since it's restoration in mid 2011, and webtrends and omniture offer paid services. This is about as close as you can get to predicting traffic, even then ...


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Based on conflicting reports in other answers, I decided to test it myself. I started up Firefox with the Live HTTP Headers. Then I went to Google (logged in, over https) and did a search for: https only website example The first result in the search results is https://httpsnow.org/. Which is secure only. I clicked on it in the search results and used ...


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Sadly you can not referrer on HTTPS to sites using HTTP. You can however do HTTPS to HTTPS or HTTP to HTTPS. SOURCE Clients SHOULD NOT include a Referer header field in a (non-secure) HTTP request if the referring page was transferred with a secure protocol. A work around would be to use a internal redirect script that rather than directing ...


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Google's event tracking guide doesn't list a limit on those fields http://code.google.com/apis/analytics/docs/tracking/eventTrackerGuide.html A blog post suggests its 46 characters which may also be the limit for event tracking variables http://www.testically.org/2011/11/22/google-analytics-_setcustomvar-values-have-a-character-limit/ This will work: _gaq....


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Yes, watching a video for more than X minutes can institute a bounce. Especially if they don't do anything else on the page that triggers an event or a pageload. A Bounce is described by Google as a visitor who leaves the site from the page they entered on. Meaning that they enter a site on http://www.yoursite.com/embeddedvideopage and then leave from that ...


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Why not use Google Analytics? It is the better way to view your traffic without a lot of scripts. You can make your account in seconds and only install some lines of code in your file (index). http://www.google.com/analytics/


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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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No, I don't think that Google Analytics offers calculated fields yet. You'll need to extract your data via the reporting API, then manipulate it using Excel or a database. If you don't want to write code to use the API directly, there are tools available that you can use to extract your data: For example, Excellent Analytics, is a free tool for downloading ...


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Majestic SEO has the most complete list of backlinks I've seen available. It's free for your site, then paid if you want competitors info. Bing Toolbox and opensiteexplorer are two other popular options however, as far as I can tell neither show as complete of data as majestic SEO. Google's "link:" operator has never showed a complete list of back links, ...


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Webmaster tools, under 'traffic'->'links to your site' gives me the same message for all of my sites: "No data available". Next to "No data available" there should be a (Why not?) link to a help page which gives some clues... "If data is missing or appears out of date". I get "No data available" on accounts such as "example.com" where I have specified ...


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Go to Audience > Technology > Network > Primary Dimension: Hostname Look for any other hostnames not associated with your production account. Take note. Now go to Admin > Profiles and select your site profile. Select Filters tab and Add Filter. Create a new filter with criteria "Exclude" - "Traffic to the hostname" - "that are equal to" and type the dev ...


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If you want to analyze only "human traffic" I would not count the ones with empty or missing user agent string. In my experience almost any browser will always send one. Even most privacy plugins or extensions rather fake (include other OS or Client name) or "normalize" (e.g. no release numbers) or randomize (e.g. sometimes FF, sometimes IE strings) the UA ...


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joshuahedlund already pointed out that you can get keyword data from Google Webmaster Tools. It is also possible to access this data from directly within Google Analytics by linking your Google Analytics to your Webmaster Tools Once you have linked the accounts you can view the webmaster tools data under the "Traffic Sources" -> "Search Engine ...


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Will you lose SEO value? 301-headers will transfer all* SEO value from the naked version to the www version, you have nothing to worry about, as long as the pages keep existing (which should be the case if you only switch to www.). Don't forget sitemaps, and other XML files which might contain your domain. * I've read about loosing the tiniest bit due to a ...


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Had similar issues with this in the past. From what I've read, there is a big possibility that it is actually IE 11 (really, it comes down to how Webtrends interprets it). This is because IE recently made changes to its User Agent. See here.


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