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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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Recent Samsung Internet browser update is blocking cookies for "log in" and "add to basket" on my site

Smart Anti Tracking has to be disabled on my Samsung galaxy s10e to make Samsung Internet usable for some standard websites such as BBC. Completely unusable otherwise. I'm surprised there's not more ...
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Chrome 80 clears session cookies for users returning from payment gateway

At first glance the problem does not appear related to SameSite restrictions in the new Chrome v80. Apparently, that is exactly what causes the problem. When the user is in the bank payment portal ...
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Will google still index a page if I use a $_SESSION variable?

Back in September 2018 John Mueller from Google tweeted: Also see: Source: https://www.seroundtable.com/google-cookies-seo-26344.html Google's John Mueller said on Twitter that Google almost ...
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What happens in GA when a user follows multiple UTM links in the same session

Based on the Google Analytics session definition available here: Every time a user's campaign source changes, Analytics opens a new session. So you will see two sessions. One attributed to ...
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what is a session in google analytics

Google provides a well documented answer to "How a session is defined in Analytics" A session is a group of interactions that take place on your website within a given time frame. For example a ...
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Why are Library of Congress searches treated as live sessions?

You see this on a number of sites and generally it is related to the underlying software technology powering the site. A number of libraries here in Australia have a similar feature on their online ...
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Bingbot is creating more sessions on my website than any other IP address

It is normal to see abnormal bot behavior, in the sense that numbers do not seem to make sense. The boards are full of questions addressing many variations of similar situations. 2 things to do if ...
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Bounce rate increased, page-per-session decreased on Google Analytics after moving to a new domain

First of all a bounce rate of 2% is highly unlike and occurs mostly when tracking is incorrect due to pageviews being double counted. Now it has been fixed so thats the reason why you are seeing the ...
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Logged Out Too Soon; PHP Sessions Expire Too Quickly. Is this a Linux, CentOS, Cookies, CPanel problem?

Thanks for the trouble-shooting help. I have solved the problem -- by specifying a custom folder for storing temporary session data. Here's how: Locate the folder where your session data files are ...
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Google Analytics reports more new users than new visitor sessions

That can happen when you are registering hits as events with non-interaction. Check Google's official post for further information: It's possible for the value of the metric Sessions to be less ...
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Multiple Websites - PHP Session Isolation

The browser will only return cookies to the domain that served them up unless you explicitly instruct it to return the cookie for subdomains by prefixing it with a '.' However, by default, PHP will ...
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Why is Chrome's session per user rate higher than other browsers'?

There can be few reasons that I can think of. I'll name just 3 for now: Your website user experience is better on Chrome and worse in other browsers. In other words maybe on other browsers your ...
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Where to find ga= in Google Analytics 4

You don't find it directly in the reports. If you really need it, you can get it in a BQ export. That value is just a few ids needed for customer and session continuity. It's normally used for when ...
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Use Google Analytics to figure out a user's landing page (not session's landing page)

This is not information Google Analytics is set up to provide. As Stephen mentions in his comment, if you could inform GA of a visit being a user's first, via UTM parameters, that would work. That ...
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What should the Hreflang and canonical be with session parameters?

don't tell me you really index such parametrized urls? If yes - this has an outstanding negative impact. If they are noindex-ed (what would be correct), then don't care about their canonicals and ...
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Bounce Rate Calculation Query

You can reduce this. Let's say that you built a one page site, which has a video on it. Then all one page sessions would be bounces. To avoid this, what you could do is that when the user is clicking ...
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Does improving the page load speed decrease user session duration?

Yes - all else being equal - decreasing your load time will decrease your average session duration. Session duration is the time between the first and last interaction hit on your site (an ...
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Does improving the page load speed decrease user session duration?

It is possible that the time on site is now dropping. But did you also check the bounce rate? But better page performance is never a decline. Tip: The absolute value of "time on site" is useless. You ...
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How can Google Analytics report a high bounce rate and average time on page in minutes? What is the difference?

According to Google, a bounce rate is defined as: Bounce rate is single-page sessions divided by all sessions, or the percentage of all sessions on your site in which users viewed only a single ...
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Will google still index a page if I use a $_SESSION variable?

Use a hash of the UTC date and the ip address, then use the hash as a seed to a random number generator, use the random number generator to generate a permutation of which content goes to which page. ...
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Will google still index a page if I use a $_SESSION variable?

What do you do when a user visits the site for the first time? Presumably you calculate what needs to be displayed, display it, and "cache" something in the session (as you mention). Every Googlebot ...
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What does session duration less than equal to 1 second signify in Google Analytics?

This is actually fairly common on sites with a higher bounce rate and low pages per session given how Google calculates time by default. Here is a more detailed explanation (and that link includes ...
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The Google Analytics frequency and recency reports shows more sessions than I have for a day

It doesn't mean you had 3,000 sessions today. It means that for the time range you are looking at, 3,000 users visited on one day, and had no returning sessions The next row for 1 means that ...
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Why would a redirected site accrue sessions in Google Analytics?

It is possible that many or all of those sessions are coming from analytics spammers. Spammers have realized that they can inject data into your Google Analytics without ever even visiting the site. ...
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SEO for URLs that are only accessible to users with a specific session variable

Googlebot does not use cookies and therefore does not use sessions. As a result, Google never sees the URLs for each town. You are on the right path creating a sitemap. However, putting URLs into ...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
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How to detect the server has logged out the user from the client side?

The solution I decided to go for: Client: On redirection detection (3xx HTTP response) the client is sending a request to the server to check specifically if the user is connected or no (the ...
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What types of clicks affect ''pages per session'' in GA? How can ensure click get registered to increase that?

If you want to track users doing actions on your site, without a pageload, Google Analytics provides events. You can send arbitrary events to Google Analytics and it will track them. I once had a ...
Aaron Walerstein's user avatar
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Report in Google Analytics showing the number of users with multiple visits in a month

You are looking for the "Frequency & Recency" report. You can find it under Audience -> Behavior -> Frequency & Recency. For the selected time range, it tells you how many sessions are from ...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
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How can I have multiple sessions in FF without using profiles?

Firefox Multi-Account Containers seems to be the accepted solution for this nowadays.
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