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Why is Coffeyville, Kansas sending large amounts of traffic in Google Analytics?

It appears that you are a victim of what has been called "The Kansas Problem." According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the geographical center of the conterminous United States is: 39°50'N ...
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Why might Google Analytics report a sudden, but persistent, drop in bounce rate (70% to 12%)

I'd be willing to bet that your colleague implemented on-page events. By default Google Anaytics only measures page views. Bounces are defined as users who only view one page; even if that user ...
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12 votes

Why is a message showing in Google Analytics language column?

Google Analytics Spam is linking to THIS discussion thread now. If you got to this thread because you saw a referral in your Google Analytics, YOU HAVE BEEN FOOLED. Check the Language for those ...
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How to enable Google Analytics in uBlock Origin?

R. Hill says: "The domain for Google Analytics is google-analytics.com, not googleanalytics.com. You had a typo in your rules. They should be: * analytics.google.com * allow * google-analytics.com ...
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11 votes

Pagespeed Insights reports that Google Analytics is blocking main thread in page load

GA4 uses Google Tag Manager to load Google Analytics, which means a bigger hit to your site's performance. To minimize the performance impact, here are some things I did. Use preconnect Use preconnect ...
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Why is a message showing in Google Analytics language column?

You can ignore this. It has no impact on your site.¹ What is happening? When requesting resources from your site, clients (i.e., bots, humans using a browser, …) can send additional request headers (...
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10 votes

GTAG User ID tracking not working

I figured this out, User ID has to be set before the pageview event is sent. Maybe just after the function gtag() declaration would help. I switched over to the older analytics.js since it is much ...
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Google Analytics - Is there a way to import Universal Analytics property data into Google Analytics 4 property

There is no way to migrate historical data from Universal Analytics (UA) to Google Analytics 4 (GA4). When you migrate, you can avoid data loss by dual-tagging. That is include both GA4 tags and UA ...
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9 votes

Domain name appended to the end of every URL as tracked in Google Analytics

I've encountered the same situation. It appears that this behaviour is affected by settings in: Admin -> View Settings -> Default site (optional) You've probably placed there your site name, and now ...
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Does Google Analytics track localhost activity?

Go to Admin in Google Analytics, in the third column click on Filters. Add a filter that only includes the hostname you do want to track, that way anything else, include localhost, will be excluded ...
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8 votes

Do i need User consent for Google Analytics to be GDPR complaint

First of all, I'm not a lawyer but after reading the new law and analyzing Analytics, that's how I've been working since GDPR. The problem is that you can't track any user information without their ...
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7 votes

How can I change the Google Analytics timezone?

I think this process has changed with an update of the Analytics Interface. You can find the Timezone setting for each "View" of each "Property" under each "Account" you manage. Go to the Admin page ...
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In Google Tag Manager, what is the difference between Click Target vs Click URL?

Click Target: The target attribute of the clicked element. Click URL: The HREF attribute of the clicked element, if any. Per the link provided. For a click URL it's associated with the HREF ...
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What's the difference between "landing page" and "starting page" in Behaviour Flow?

Landing Page: The first page from the user's first session. Starting Page: The first page from the user's current session. I believe this explains all the questions about the report: Landing page ...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
7 votes

In Google Analytics 4, how do I link AdSense?

It's my understanding that GA4 does not yet offer this functionality. GA4 is not yet totally production ready, hence why the upgrade documentation recommends installing both GA3 and GA4 together, so ...
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Most website visitors don't have Java enabled

Java != Javascript Javascript is a scripting language supported by the overwhelming majority if interactive browsers. Note that I said Interactive browsers - most bots will have extremely limited - if ...
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How do I view event label data in Google Analytics 4?

Wait, before throwing out GA4, just to answer the question: You have to register your custom dimensions. Yes, Category, Action, Label and Value used to be default dimensions in GA. Not anymore. Now ...
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Tracking logged in vs. non-logged in users on the same URL in Google Analytics

Use custom dimensions in Google Analytics. First, navigate to the "admin" section of Google Analytics' web portal, click "Custom Definitions", then "Custom Dimensions" under the property you're ...
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6 votes

How can I find the IP address for my visitors in Google Analytics Universal reports?

Here are the instructions to view IP addresses in Google Analytics. Add the following code to your pages, before the traditional Google Analytics code: <?php if (!empty($_SERVER['...
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Huge drop off in Google "indexed" pages after switching to HTTPS, should I switch back to HTTP?

We just switched from HTTP to HTTPS two weeks ago, and after doing extensive research this is what we did: Added the HTTPS property to our Search console. Redirected HTTP robots.txt to HTTPS robots....
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Why create a fake duplicate / clone website?

...what is the reason for doing such a nonsense thing? They might... be associated with a competitor and want to take traffic away from your site. An exact clone of your site on another domain can ...
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Can google analytics track # (URL fragment) in url?

The term you're looking for is URL fragment, i.e. anything after the # symbol. Google Analytics does not track it by default, from what I understand, although I can't find actual GA documentation ...
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Can't find the IP address of regular visitor which creates %100 Bounce Rate on my site!

This problem is related to spam actions against your GA account. Neither the WP plugin nor the php code would be able to record ghost visitor's (aka Ghost referral) IP address because they are hitting ...
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6 votes
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How much time until real time users drop off the Google Analytics real time report after their last hit?

Kissmetrics state that Real-Time sessions time out after 5 minutes (unlike the usual 30 minute timeout for sessions) — however their claim is uncited: https://blog.kissmetrics.com/real-time-reports-...
Rhys Mills's user avatar
6 votes

Google Analytics verification failure but we're still seeing the data

Yes, it failed verification as a means of verifying site ownership in Google Search Console. This does not mean the GA tracking is not installed and working, just that the current method of ...
Bronwyn V's user avatar
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How do I add the an expires header for external URL components as suggested by GTmetrix and YSlow?

As @Evgeniy has already covered in his answer, in order to add HTTP response headers to resources external to your site, you need to copy these resources locally - to a server that you control - so ...
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6 votes

Google Analytics - traffic shows up as direct and later the real source is shown

This can happen if you are receiving traffic from a site which has incorrectly linked to your site. An example of such an incorrect linking could be to use http instead of https (and you have 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 ...
Bronwyn V's user avatar
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6 votes

How can Screen Resolution be smaller than Browser Size in Google Analytics?

I've tried for the last couple of days to unveil the mystery around how the Browser Size dimension in Google Analytics is computed, and couldn't find an authoritative source yet. In my own ...
Ando's user avatar
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Measure highest number of simultaneous visitors via Google Analytics

You can estimate that using this formula: Simultaneous Visitors = Hourly visitors * Average Time Spent on Site (in seconds) / 3600 Hourly visitors can be easily found in Audience Overview and ...
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