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How affective is Google Analytics

Discussion in 'Google Analytics' started by hkwil, Nov 11, 2010.

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    I have several websites linked up to the Google Analytics service to track visitors, most of my sites are wordpress blogs which also use a stat plugin that notes each visitor.

    Anyway, I looked at the information that Google Analytics gave on y sites and they numbers were far lower than the figures give by the stat plugin. I was wondering whether Google Analytics was missing some visitors, or whether it only picks up on certain visitors?
    SEMrush
     
    hkwil, Nov 11, 2010 IP
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  2. adisolutions

    adisolutions Well-Known Member

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    i believe they count all the users
     
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    magda Notable Member

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    Google gives a more accurate report on genuine human visitors. Other types of tracking may track bots, that have hit the server without calling up a page, which GA doesn't, or count dynamic ips as several visitors which GA doesn't because it drops cookies. I've said it several times before, and I can see I'm going to be repeating ad nauseum...
    Resist the temptation to believe that GA must be wrong because another tracking method is giving you a reassuringly large figure, the smaller figure is more likely to be a correct indication of genuine human traffic.
     
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    hkwil Peon

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    Thank you Magda, sorry for making you repeat yourself, but you have cleared up a big question mark above my head. Not the answer I was looking for, as my site is now taking half the views that I first thought :(

    Thx again.
     
    hkwil, Nov 12, 2010 IP
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    SearchFreak Peon

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    As long as your Google Analytic tracking code is set up properly Google will be tracking 100% of your sites traffic. Forget about the statcounter, they are junk. Google has spent millions of dollars developing Analytics, it is the proven and undisputed #1 analytics tool, nothing beats or even comes close.
     
    SearchFreak, Nov 12, 2010 IP
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    joesmith1608 Peon

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    Google analytics more helpful in traffic .it give analysis about all source of traffic .If anyone able to understand its graph .
    It give all visitors from all resources like from search engines,browsers,keywords,sites etc.
     
    joesmith1608, Nov 13, 2010 IP
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    DaMan92 Peon

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    Recently the folks at Google Analytics rolled out some new features in the form of Advanced Segmentation and Custom Reporting. It is still in beta and being released to accounts over the last few weeks; yours truly just got access last week – so let’s look at some potential metrics and reporting that we can do in line with our SEO programs.
     
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    teena2seo Peon

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    I've been using Google Analytics for 2 years now, it's been pretty helpful but I also notice that it shows a different result from the others. This is common of course since each has its own view of how they should track website traffic. It's up to you how you want to treat your data.
     
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    Webwaster Peon

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    It has been very helpful.

    The only thing about it is that it will not tell you how much time someone spent on your web page, if they have only visited 1 web page on your site.

    Which is kind of fair, because it could also mean that the person isn't reading the page for 24 hours straight, but simply left it open in the browser. I think that's understandable.

    Still, it'd be amazing if they had something like... paying attention to mouse movement, or other browsing actions, typing text, etc... that could tell analytics that "ok, this person is still using this page", but I imagine that would introduce all types of complexities.

    There is also a growing number of analytics tools out there that allow you to see live "video" sessions of your traffic, where you can actually see how people move their mouse cursor on your page, and how they use the scroll bar. Pretty neat, purposeful for when you want to optimize user experience on your site.
     
    Webwaster, Nov 14, 2010 IP
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    edcampbill Peon

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    It is so important to monitor the statistics of your website, on what page they visited most and to count the daily visit of your site.
     
    edcampbill, Nov 16, 2010 IP
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    ferd Peon

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    It's a tool to measure your website's performance.
     
    ferd, Nov 16, 2010 IP
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    strikeoneads Peon

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    Hi this is good post here for information about seo
     
    strikeoneads, Nov 16, 2010 IP
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    seo.raj Active Member

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    If you want to check that Google Analytic tracking well or not. You can made click by some different places to your friends . After that you can check Google is tracking well or not.
     
    seo.raj, Nov 16, 2010 IP
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    skyrocket Greenhorn

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    thanks for sharing information
     
    skyrocket, Nov 17, 2010 IP
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    My personal opinion is that Google Analytics is super affective in several different ways such as design, SEO & bid decisions you have to make for your website.
     
    epicninja, Nov 18, 2010 IP
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    Yeah there are few notable open source analytics but nothing can match google analytics as of yet.
     
    teamaguilar, Nov 19, 2010 IP
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    anujG Greenhorn

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    I've said it several times before, and I can see I'm going to be repeating ad nauseum...
     
    anujG, Nov 19, 2010 IP
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    modrewgnu Active Member

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    Google analytics is the premier stat tracker available in my opinion.
     
    modrewgnu, Nov 19, 2010 IP
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    I use AWstats,, and think it is best.. I also use GA and the results never match up,, GA is normaly 100 or so under what AW tells..
     
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    Google Analytics is awesome for any website. It calculates all of your visitors, pageviews etc
     
    rockydc, Nov 21, 2010 IP