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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 .....
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 ...
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....
I had to figure this out myself a while ago and wrote a blog post about it. You can get a comparison of your subdomains without applying any filters or advanced segment, but the functionality is buried and non-intuitive.
Navigate to “Content”-> “Site Content” -> “All Pages”.
Change the primary dimension to “Other” -> “Content” -> “Hostname”. At this ...
Yes. I've had to test this for a client website and the keyword data is passed with the referrer.
You can check it out your self by using the Google Chrome GA Debug Plugin here:
Or you could use Fiddler to see what is passed along with the header:
I was able to set up a link from an HTTPS page to a HTTP page on another domain and still pass the first page's URL as a referrer using the following technique.
Origin page: HTTPS page where the link to the HTTP hosted destination page is situated. In this example: https://example1.com/origin.html
Destination page: HTTP page which has access ...
In both cases, the answer is no. This is for security reasons.
When you type a URL in the browser bar even the referer variable is not even passed to the server. The referer variable is only passed when you click a link that takes you to the page referred to.
Google has recently expanded the use of "not provided" to essentially all searches. There is no way to match those keywords to specific user behavior in Analytics. However, you can still get relatively accurate aggregated numbers of visitors coming to your site by keyword through Google Webmaster Tools.
The solution that has been working for me, is to check for the appearance of a specific DOM element's appearance in view.
For instance, you may have a #comment element after the article content. So check for its appearance in the view since there is no way the user can get to it unless they scroll the page or jump to that section of the page.
You can ...
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 two sessions for a user visiting from 11:55pm - and leaving after 10 minutes. You might want to count visits per day/week/month/year. An in this case there has ...
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 document, some webmasters put it in the bottom to improve load times however this can sometimes mean that the user has come to your site and then bounced right ...
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 sequence of multiple requests. (RFC 7233)
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
Immediate revenue lost from sales or advertising
"Bad will" where users remember that your site doesn't work and are less likely to use it in the future