You just got introduced to bots :)
Looks like you are running a vanilla version of software like phpBB or WordPress etc.
What are bots?
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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
Not all configurations are supported. You can, for example, install
multiple instances of the Universal ...
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 ...
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 .....
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Sadly you can not referrer on HTTPS to sites using HTTP. You can however do HTTPS to HTTPS or HTTP to HTTPS.
Clients SHOULD NOT include a Referer header field in a (non-secure)
HTTP request if the referring page was transferred with a secure
A work around would be to use a internal redirect script that rather than directing ...
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 code snippet and configure tags for GA tracking within the google tag manager container.
Bit of extra information:
Both Tag Manager and gtag.js perform ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
I highly suspect this is cookie matching with various audience data/analytics providers and ad companies.
We may share with third parties Non-PII, including certain Log Data, as part of providing and improving our Measure and Advertise products. For example, we may disclose such data ...
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 a minimum use the opportunity to throw a simple page up there with "Coming Soon" or similar. If you want a stretch goal, you can stick a form on these pages ...
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 each approach are only significant when you move a website to a different location.
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 redirects all http pages to the https.
However, you define which URL is used in your Google My Business entry, and that is the one shown for the website link when ...
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 via Google Tag Manager.
Alternatively, you can remove the code for Google Analytics from your website and add a tag in Google Tag Manager https://support....
Yes you can contact Google or you can post in their product forum here.
I too had issues with one of my companies' Google Analytics Accounts. Sadly, we lost the email used in making the Google Analytics account. As long as you have at least some information on your Google Analytics account, the Google support team can help.
if you have to go self hosted take a look at YOURLS
Did you know bitly has an api, and allows you to use your own custom domain name
why not let bitly handle all that traffic?
YOURLS has its advantages since you can simply dump table.
But bitly also gets the job done for free