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Google Analytics Rolls Out New Features
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msg:3480104
 7:04 pm on Oct 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

Brett Crosby announced a number of new features being rolled out over the next few weeks.

First, you'll be able to use Google Analytics to track site search activity. Simply edit any of your Google Analytics profiles to enable "Site Search" and you can find out what people search for on your site and where these searches lead.

We'll begin a limited beta test of the new Google Analytics Event Tracking capability. These new reports are designed to help you understand how people use and interact with Ajax, Flash and multimedia on your site without artificially increasing your pageview metrics.

We'll also initiate a limited beta test in the coming weeks of our new Outbound Link Tracking feature.

Finally, Brett announced the Urchin Software from Google limited beta. Urchin is a software product that you run on your own servers.

Google Analytics Rolls Out New Features [analytics.blogspot.com]

 

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msg:3480151
 7:56 pm on Oct 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

The Outbound Link Tracking feature could be very interesting to many of us who sell ads.

ergophobe




msg:3480177
 8:24 pm on Oct 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

Outbound link tracking is interesting.

But after all the requests, why do they still refuse to allow tracking by complete URL including query strings? I like to sort inbounds by domain, look for new ones, and then follow up on page the links are on. As often as not, these are forums with URLs like "example.com/index.php?post=12345" and of course GA does not report enough of the URL to find the actual page.

incrediBILL




msg:3480178
 8:25 pm on Oct 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

It would be interesting to know if they're going to track outbound AdSense links as well and tie it to the source of the visitor.

carguy84




msg:3480268
 10:02 pm on Oct 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

Really? They are releasing an Urchin V6? AND the iPhone is going to have an SDK? Hell hasn't just frozen over, it's gone damn well arctic.

koan




msg:3480279
 10:25 pm on Oct 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

I just wanted to say that I absolutely love Google Analytics, it's great. And now with even more features? Whoopee.

But I thought you could already use an external link tracker by adding the following to links:

onclick="javascript:urchinTracker('/outgoing/widget');"

The search tracker is really, really, essential, one thing that made me reconsider many times using my own search function or Google's, because it provides you essential input on what's people's minds and what they are looking for. The adsense keywords search report is very, very limited and almost useless, so I'm glad to see that one.

I wish they would integrate adsense a little better though, like at least knowing which page gets the most clicks, from what traffic source and keywords, etc (I don't really expect them to provide us *which* ad was clicked though, but that'd be really nice). I already use some third party javascript software (astrack.js) but it seems unreliable and I'd rather have something official from Google.

jsinger




msg:3480474
 3:17 am on Oct 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

Totally vague about what's coming with good ole Urchin. Sign up to beta test what features?

Other than slightly more accurate log tracking, does Urchin offer anything not in GA? Only thing I can think of is better ecommerce product level stats, I think.

mslina2002




msg:3480930
 3:14 pm on Oct 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

I already use some third party javascript software (astrack.js) but it seems unreliable

I find them useless unless it shows which keyword is tied to which clicks.

ergophobe




msg:3480999
 4:06 pm on Oct 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

>>I find them useless unless it shows which keyword is tied to which clicks.

Not to mention that it can't collect any useful info from Firefox (at least last I tried) and, probably not from IE7 either. As I understood it, this was by design. The newer security features (in FF at least) were specifically designed to prevent gathering information in that manner. Not sure what GA will offer in that respect.

cgrantski




msg:3481033
 4:36 pm on Oct 18, 2007 (gmt 0)

I'll bet the external link tracker feature is like the one that WebTrends has in its tag - no need for changing any link code. The tag notices that a link goes off site and records it as such.

ergophobe




msg:3482056
 3:53 pm on Oct 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

BTW, GA has always allowed you to track outbound links using tracking code added to each link. (see [google.com...] )

I'm assuming that the new functionality would use DOM scripting to add onclick behavior to a <a> tags and let you track without adding code to each link manually.

SE_Magnets




msg:3482188
 6:42 pm on Oct 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

Call me crazy, but this seems like an easy way for Google to track the links you've set up as well. Considering their take on links I'm not sure if I'll like this feature.

ergophobe




msg:3482317
 9:27 pm on Oct 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

Call me crazy, but if you run GA, you have to assume they can already get this info if they want it. Given the prevelance of GA and how easy it is to search a DB by exact numeric strings, with a timestamp and an IP, there's a good chance they already have great tools to observe traffic patterns.

The service is free because you pay for it with your data. If you don't like that condition, best use a tool that you host yourself.

I figure if I want something to remain relatively secret, it behooves me not to use GA or any other Google products, no?

plumsauce




msg:3482338
 9:50 pm on Oct 19, 2007 (gmt 0)

I'm assuming that the new functionality would use DOM scripting to add onclick behavior to a <a> tags and let you track without adding code to each link manually.

I've had that for over two years now. Much easier to deploy on existing sites without having to think about adding a special link. It's just a standard feature.

Aelizia




msg:3492271
 7:05 am on Oct 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

Hi,
Its interesting.Is urchin is available for free download? Is so kindly tell me.Thanks for your valuable information.
Good LucK!

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