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Google Analytics and Alexa have nothing to do with one another. Alexa is a relatively meaningless metric which only shows an approximate traffic rank based on only users that have their browser toolbar/extension/site script installed. It can only measure statistics based on their own userbase so the real accuracy of Alexa ranking is considerably wayward. ...


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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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There are up-to-date stats at http://gs.statcounter.com/ Just select "Screen resolution" from the stat dropdown. At the time of this writing, it seems that 1366 * 768 is the rage.


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If you are using WordPress you can use this plugin to display Visitor counts on your website http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-analyticator/ Includes a widget that can be used to display visitor stat information on the front-end


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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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Users almost never resize a window while using your site. It is often possible for the resizing itself to cause problems. This is especially the case when you use JavaScript to calculate and set some sizes when the window loads. Some frameworks rely on that technique and it makes resized-on-the-fly window look pretty broken. When you are testing you ...


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If he has logs of his server traffic then all the information you need is in there, almost everything google analytics does can be pulled out of server logs (and more, there are some things like 404/500 error codes that GA cannot track). This was how analytics was done prior to page tagging. Google used to offer an updated version of the Urchin 5 log ...


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Providing initial explanation re difference between server-side stats and online stats for the benefit of other users: Apache access log analyses all the traffic to your server. StatCounter tracks all the visits to your site. Your server gets a lot more traffic than your site, because server traffic includes all the visits from robots, spambots, crawlers ...


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I know that referrer field can be changed.. but why? This is known as referrer spam - unfortunately, spammers caught on to the fact that some webmasters do not secure their automatically-generated stat reports and, as most report generators do not add nofollow to referrer links, it is possible to get a link from a number of domains simply by providing a ...


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They'll get the IP, user agent and cookies from your users. If you're worried about using hosted analytics, you can look at hosting a program on your own servers to gather analytics such as Open Web Analytics.


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It depends on the type of redirect. If you have a Javascript or Meta Refresh redirect with Google Analytics running on that page, then Google might track the page if the pause between loading the page, loading the Google Analytics tracking script and the redirect is long enough. If you have a server redirect, then no Javascript code is actually triggered ...


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No, unfortunately it's not literally 100,000 different people. More accurately, it's 100,000 different cookie values. A user can visit your site for the very first time and be counted with a first unique visit, but if they clear their cookies, or log in from a different computer, or do private browsing, then a subsequent visit would be "unique" again. So ...


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If your sites are utility company websites could the traffic spikes be related to billing cycles - are the companies putting out the url on print material around that time?


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If you're using wordpress then there is the 'Google Analytics Popular Posts', which pretty much does what it says on the tin. 'SubZane Google Analytics Plugin' does the same thing, there is also a decent tutorial if you'd like to get your hands dirty. Afraid I can't help with ROR, but this functionality should be available in one or more of the popular Ruby ...


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You could just use Google Analytics to log the data, then pull the data out of the reporting api; this would save you a lot of hassle as most of the logging and data processing will be done for you by Google.


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I think these are very generic statistics determined by some sort of unknown logic: The column after the Activity is Pages/v which I assume is "Pages Per Visit (average). The low/medium/high activity titles are probably determined by the number of pages a visitor browses in one session. This is where the "unknown logic" comes in. These numbers likely mean ...


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What is the reason behind the different numbers, even when the data is quite trivial like unique visitors and page loads? Google Analytics requires a Javascript callback to Google's domain and will not record traffic from users with Javascript disabled or the majority of bots. AWStats is literally reading your webserver's logs and will record (in one ...


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MixPanel is reasonably priced, has an excellent feature set and has emailed reports.


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Google Analytics would be the most reliable. Edit I was being a bit lazy for not posting this, earlier, I realize that this comparison might help others (including myself!) All the services you mentioned offer javascript code based tracking. Alexa also does this in their Pro Plan, so do Quantcast and Compete. However, the data reported by all these ...


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The video that you have linked does not look like real time monitering it just looks like SSH and they are preforming SSH commands such as GREP and CURL, or they are viewing files that contain scripts and just scrolling down. It's worth mentioning that generally when news companies make videos they want the IT guys to look super smart and super geeky.. Its ...


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Unless you see reported "Crawl Errors" or "Blocked URLs" then it would seem that missing graph data is simply "where the data is not available". However, Google does not appear to be particularly clear as to why these "gaps" occur, simply stating that it can take time for data to appear for new sites and to check the stats for both the www and bare domains (...


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Back in the day when I used Google Analytics (GA), I had to use javascript code it gave me and embed it into my website in order for GA to track number of visits. The biggest reason why the difference in numbers can be way off between counting visitors directly on your server and counting visitors through GA is because some guests (or more likely some ...


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The common issue of this error is that is we forgot to attach the google analytics id again or there is mistake in google analytics tracking code. It has happened to me quite often carefully analyzing should fix the issue.


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You can't. Site Speed (as the metric is defined in Analytics) is attributed to pages, not users. You can add the typical secondary dimensions when exploring these statistics, but these dimensions don't include users. You should be able to get a decent idea of page speeds by whatever metrics might be a deciding factor (new vs returning, for example) by ...


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(I'm not an expert in statistics.) One month's data is almost certainly not representative, for a couple of reasons. Most sites have seasonal trends (both monthly and weekly). Picking a really light month or a really heavy month will skew your results. You'll probably need a sample size of more than 1/12 to get results worth betting business on. It would ...


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Oops, after a brief research I've found out that advanced segment is apparently for sessions ( Custom Advanced Segment (based on URL) in Google Analytics not working properly? ). So any page that a person at some point have visited your /blog/ or /community/ section will be counted in, that's why the weird results. To get the result you want, create a "...


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There is no single "correct" method of accomplishing this task. Let me explain why. Within a single IP many PC may reside behind the NAT. Within a PC user may use different browsers. Withing each browser user can reset it's history (or simply clear cookies). From other side user can have multiple devices that will create multiple IP addresses for a single ...


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Why don't you try Google Keyword Research Tool !! it will provide perfect insight about estimated search query and competition.


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You should set up a Goal. The goal should be {Thank you page URL} -> {Login page URL}. This does not require any code at all to be implemented in your page.


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If you would like to track just a few pages or a section (/blog/) and not all I would recommend setting up Custom Intelligent Event alert with a threshold. Below is a screenshot of what something like that would look like: Its not 100% what you want but it should give you a better automated option. Otherwise, you can just pull up pages in Behavior - All ...


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